Thursday, March 28, 2013

Upcycle wine bottles into a wall

by Debra Anchors

A patio wall created from glass bottles
I have seen many examples of partitions and walls created from glass bottles on the Internet. This one is my favorite.

















Wall of bottles - Closeup 
To create your own colorful glass structure, drill holes through the bottom of each bottle, using a diamond drill bit, and then guide 1/2" rebar through the holes to create the wall.

















Note:  For convenience, I have embedded links into the text that will take you to the products used in this project.

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18 comments:

  1. This a perfect solution for my deceased son's Jagermeister bottle collection. I couldn't just throw them out.

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    1. Such a fitting tribute for your son! I am very happy you found me. I hope you will return soon.

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  2. how did u connect the rebar to the top of your patio and to the floor?

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    1. Hi there! Thank you for being here. I found this wall online with no credit given to the creator, so I cannot answer you definitively.

      In regard to anchoring the rebar to the cement floor, I found a very good instructional video from Quikrete - http://www.quikrete.com/athome/Video-Anchoring-Epoxy.asp - you won't, of course, need to use the stud braces.

      Once the rebar is in place, and the bottles are threaded through, could a notched 2x4 be used to support the rebar from the roof?

      Should you complete this project, I would really appreciate you letting me know how it went! -Debra

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    2. Here's another similar "wall" with instructions.
      http://www.hometalk.com/4890008/bottle-wall-build-upcycle?utm_medium=facebook&date=20160402

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  3. what an amazing way to re-use bottles for beauty in every day life.

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  4. I'm going to try this but instead place rebar straight in ground and build a sort of frame for it...hopefully it works like i have pictured

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    1. Good luck! Please let us know how it went. We would love to see a picture of it when you are done. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Its brilliant. The best I've ever seen. Thanks

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  6. Awesome, I will try it!

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  7. You an use specialty paints to swirl into the insides of clear wine bottles for added variety and color.

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  8. I absolutely LOVE your work!! We are going to do a similar project, using the bottles as the "spindles", on a new deck we are building next spring. Do you think it will work? Also, do you know where I can get some nice bottles? If not, I have a LOT of drinking to do this winter!! LOL

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    1. Hi there! Thank you for the compliment!

      That sounds like it would be gorgeous - great idea! I have found that friends are happy to save bottles, and also your local restaurants and bars are happy to give them away as long as you pick them up from them on a regular basis. Of course, drinking the winter away is always an option too!

      Good luck with your project! Would you please send me a photograph when your deck is done? I would love to see it!

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    2. when I do a bottle project I alert my local recycling center and they will often save bottles for me (square, or just blue wine)

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  9. We are going to fill one of our screened in porch with bottles! Such a great idea - thanks for sharing. I do have a questions: Is the bit size also 1/2"?

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  10. Ooppps....one more questions: Do you know what is used between the bottles? Looks like a rubber ball??
    Thanks!

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  11. beautiful idea but what do you use to "anchor" the bottles on the rebar? Can they just be placed one against the other? Wouldn't wind and rain eventually cause movement and breakage?

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  12. The largest diamond bit we could find made a hole too small for rebar what size drill bit are you using?

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