6 Ideas to Recycle Old Bottles




Introduction: 6 Ideas to Recycle Old Bottles

Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste. ...

In this instructable, I will share 6 ideas to reuse/ recycle / up-cycle old bottles. You can enjoy making these with your kids... simple and beautiful

Hope you like these ideas and try few out

Step 1: Recycle Idea 1 : Fairy Jar Lamp

This is one of commonly recycling methods.


  • A glass jar
  • Tissue paper
  • PVA glue or fevicol
  • Sparkle dust
  • Fairy silhouette


  • Mix 1:1 Glue and water in a bowl
  • Stick plain white tissue paper on a glass jar using this glue mixture
  • Set to dry for 5 to 6 hours
  • Add another layer of tissue paper if needed
  • Cut fairy silhouette and stick it from inside the jar
  • Add tree, stars etc using sparkle dust
  • Add a Tea light inside and We are done
  • Optional : cover the neck of jar with jute string

Step 2: Recycle Idea 2: Cherry Blossom Tree


  • Glass bottle
  • Black permanent marker - Thick and thin
  • Glass stain paint - pink and red
  • Fairy / led lights
  • Cotton ear buds


  • Remove any labels from the bottle
    • Soak the bottle in hot water for 2 hrs
    • Then peal then label gently using a scrubber
  • Using thick marker, draw the main steam and branches
  • Using thin marker draw smaller branches
  • Dip the cotton ear bud in glass stain paint and pink mark dots on the tree
  • Mark some red dots aswell
  • Add LED copper string lights and we are done
  • Optionally : Add Deer, grass and a house using different markers

Step 3: Recycle Idea 3: String Lamp


  • Old plastic bottle
  • Colored threads
  • Jute threads
  • PVA glue / fevicol
  • Led Bulb


  • Remove any labels and clean the bottle surface
  • Cut the bottle to appropriate length
  • Always start from the neck, apply pva glue on the neck
  • Wind the tread around the tapered neck gently, let it dry for few minutes
  • Transition gently to wards the larger base
  • Mix different colored threads to achieve required effect
  • Add led bulb and hang it on wall or LED tea lights and place on your shelf

Step 4: Recycle Idea 4 : Frosted Bottles


  • Frosted Glass bottle
  • Permanent marker
  • LED string lights


  • Clean the bottle label
  • If your bottle is not frosted, then use 120 grit sandpaper to get the frosted appearance
    • While sanding glass bottles wear respiratory and eye protective gear
    • Sand bottle under water, to avoid glass dust
  • Draw Eiffel tower using a black marker pen
  • Add led light and we are done
  • Optional : One can do Bat logo or any other silhouette on the bottle and stick it from outside

Step 5: Recycling Idea 5 : Textured Bottles


  • LED String lights
  • Textured glass bottle - I used Old Monk rum bottle


  • Clean the bottle from outside and remove any labels
  • Insert the led string lights and we are done
  • Optionally: we could use glass stain paints and color the bottle to get a mosaic effect

Step 6: Recycling Idea 6 : Painted Bottles


  • Glass bottle
  • Glass stain paints
  • Black marker


  • Clean the bottle and remove any labels
  • Draw borders / design using a black marker
  • Using black / golden out-liner redraw the design
  • Fill the each space with same or different glass paints
  • Donot use brush !!!
  • Set to dry
  • Cover the glass surface with clear coat for protection

Step 7: More Than 6 Ideas

In past I have done several projects that elaborate different ways to recycle bottles and other items




Check out more recycling projects https://www.instructables.com/member/Amit_Jain/ins...

Hope you enjoyed reading, please suggest if you want me to try / make a different idea to recycle old glass

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    2 years ago

    The ones painted with circles look so neat! :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks, These were painted by kids, 10 years old and below