Wine Bottle Vases

A few years ago, I was flipping through a catalog and saw a simple, self watering vase that had been created from a wine bottle. Not only was it pretty, it was also a clever way to repurpose an old glass bottle into something useful. I thought it would be a fun project. Of course getting the plants would be the easy part. I just didn't know how I would be able to cut a bottle in half.

So, I searched the internet to learn how to cut a glass wine bottle. There were plenty of videos about how to cut a bottle using the string method. They all involved nail polish remover, string and flame. The process seemed a little too complicated for me, not to mention dangerous. So, I filed the vase idea away in the back of my head, hoping I could eventually find an easier and safer way to cut a bottle.

Then, a few weeks ago, as I was browsing the aisles at a new craft store in town, I found a bottle cutter. I was a little skeptical that it would actually work, but it was fairly inexpensive so I decided to give it a try.


  • G2 Bottle Cutter
  • clean, empty glass bottle
  • clear hair elastic
  • 3 inch square piece of organza or mesh
  • aquarium gravel
  • soil
  • plants
  • dried moss
  • gemstone animal beads (optional)
  • headpins (optional)


Before you cut your bottle, you need to measure from the top of the bottle, past where it widens, just to the point it starts to straighten out. The bottom section of bottle must be at least that tall, but can be taller. If the bottom section is too shallow, the top section will not set into it properly.

Follow the directions on the G2 Bottle Cutter to score and cut your bottle into two pieces. I have a few tips about cutting bottles with the G2 in my product review. Once the bottle is cut, sand the edges to remove rough or sharp areas.

Place a piece of organza or mesh on the bottle opening. (I cut a small organza gift bag in half instead of buying fabric from the store.)

Use a clear hair elastic to secure the organza around the neck of the bottle.

Trim the excess organza.

Turn the top of the bottle upside down so you can begin planting.

Fill the neck of the bottle with aquarium gravel.

Add a couple spoonfuls of soil.

Place your plant into the vase. I used a polka dot plant because I like the pink and green leaves, but just about any small houseplant will work.

Finish filling the vase with soil. Add some moss around the plant. This helps hold in the moisture and it adds a little texture to your vase.

Fill the bottom of the bottle with water and set in the top section of the vase. When the water level drops to the neck opening, just refill the base.

Once I realized how simple these vases are to create, I couldn't stop myself from making a bunch to give as gifts. As an added decoration, I purchased some beautiful gemstone animal beads from an Etsy shop called The Spirit Bear, and secured them in each vase with a metal headpin.




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Wine Bottle Vases
Tutorial - How to make a vase from a used wine bottle.
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