Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beautifully Recycled Glass Bottles

Via Beautiful Rust's Photostream on Flikr

I have noticed that some very creative people are doing really gorgeous things with old glass bottles! From wine bottles to mineral water, they are ending up as everything from stained glass windows (my favorite) to drinking glasses. I have always loved the colors of sea glass and wine bottles (hence my collection of 100+ white wine bottles saved up during law school...RIP!). It seems like such a shame sometimes when you have to get rid of them. I applaud these people for taking the initiative to reinvent those beautiful everyday objects!

Here is a round-up of some of the more impressive results I have run into for your viewing pleasure:

My first and favorite is this "stained" glass window by Daniel Maher. Check out his other beautiful work on his website here. Aren't those bottle bottoms beautiful?

Daniel Maher via Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

Pendant lamps, with a tutorial on how to cut your own bottles on Apartment Therapy's Unplugged.
Via Apartment Therapy Unplugged

I have seen these slumped bottles before at the Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach and Arts in Park here in Richmond. They can be used as wind chimes, incense burners, cheese plates, etc. However, I really love the photography in this shot, so here one is as a spoon rest!

Minty Fresh Fusion via Etsy

I love the colors on these Rolling Rock drinking glasses. I must say that I haven't ever had a Rolling Rock, but that's beside the point. You can find sets similar to these made out of everything from sake bottles to IBC cream soda. I think its a great idea, especially if the bottles are from a favorite microbrewery or kitschy old fashioned drink.

YAVA Glass via Etsy

A pretty mobile takes advantage of the fact that glass looks best when the sun is shining through it!

CD Childs via Etsy

The obvious thing to do with an old glass bottle is to use it as a vase right? Well, only after sending said glass bottle through a particle accelerator with some uranium apparently...

Twice Baked Art via Etsy


I like this necklace because of its simplicity. Most of the glass pendants out there are highly manipulated and showy...this one highlights the beauty of something that most of us probably never look at twice.
Minty Fresh Fusion via Etsy

Does anyone own any recycled glass bottle products, or have you made any of your own? Please share!

1 comment:

EclecticSamya said...

the stain glass art is STUNNING! i want that! i wonder how people work with glass bottles to create art! the necklace was really cool too!