I certainly don’t live in a frat house, but somehow I still find myself with an abundance of beer bottles. Maybe you do too? Barbecue, game day, celebration . . . beer is a part of popular culture and most parties include the brew. So aside from recycling – which you’re already doing anyway, right? – have you ever considered what you could do with those leftover bottles (and also, how to use leftover beer around the house)? Well I did, and what follows are the best ideas I rounded up. (Also, I hope it goes without saying, these ideas would work just as well for any glass bottle – pop, juice, water, or whatever.)
1. Remove the label to make an instant, easy vase. And you may be thinking, “Booooooring!”, but before you dismiss the idea, just imagine this: A long, rustic wooden table scattered with dozens of green glass bottles, each one holding just a few white flowers. Pretty elegant right? Or, how about a dozen clear bottles hanging from wire, suspended in trees, with a big beautiful bloom in each one. Perfectly whimsical for a homespun garden party, no?
2. Remove the label to make an instant, easy candle holder. Just the same as above, this concept goes from “dorm” to “decadent” by keeping just a few things in mind: 1) Large groupings add a dramatic effect. Try covering a table, mantle, or hearth. 2) Choose colors and shapes that tell a story. All the same color or a slapdash mix? Tall clear bottles or squat little brown ones? Each choice will evoke a different feeling. 3) Try styling in unexpected ways, such as the suspended vases mentioned above.
3. Remove the label and wash the bottle well, then use it to store or serve your kitchen liquids, like oils, vinegars, or even dish soap or hand soap. You’ll just need a few of those stopper/pourer tops – cheap at any kitchen supply store. The dark bottles are great for protecting oils, which react to light.
4. You can make your own glass cups by removing the label, washing the bottle well, and then cutting the tops off. Of course you’ll need a proper bottle-cutting kit, but those aren’t hard to find and they come with everything you need for a clean cut and a smooth edge. This would make a great gift for the holidays, especially in matching sets of 2 or 4.