Cool things to do with empty spirit bottles

Updated April 17, 2017

Glass spirit bottles make versatile craft supplies. You can turn them into lamps, glasses, storage jars, wind chimes, vases and ornaments. Some projects are very simple. Others will require a little preparation and practice.


Fill bottles with water tinted with a little ink, or make cool glowing black light ornaments by mixing fluorescent substances in the water. Paint bottles with glass inks, or fill with glass pebbles and place on your windowsill. Cut bottles into strips for wind chimes, or slice them to make glasses or storage jars. Slump -- partially melt -- bottles to make dishes and ashtrays.

Tools and materials

To cut bottles, you'll need a glass cutter or diamond-covered string. You can find these in art and crafts shops. Slumping bottles requires a kiln. You can find glass paints online. Wine corks, wax and cord can be used to seal the tops of bottles. Fluorescent paints, highlighter ink and laundry whiteners glow under black light (ultraviolet).


Glass bottles can explode or shatter when heated. Broken and cut glass is dangerously sharp and can inflict nasty injuries, so handle with care.

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Clare Edwards has been providing Internet content since 1998. She has written and translated for a variety of markets: everything from technical articles to short fiction and essays on alternative spirituality. She holds a certificate of higher education in electronics and audio arts from Middlesex University.