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May 26, 2011 5:54 PM   Subscribe

I grown fond of a brand of apple whiskey that comes in these sturdy glass bottles (image), and now I have quite the collection of empty bottles. Right now, they're just sitting around my house making me look very much the alcoholic hoarder, but I can't bring myself to toss them, and I'd like to do something with them. Any ideas for some basic decor/crafty suggestions would be appreciated.

I've looked at some suggestions online (making planters, glasses, and the like), but I don't want to deal with the expense of cutting glass properly or the danger of doing so with less conventional means. I've considered burying them upside down in part of our backyard to make a walkway (I'm not particularly inventive or artistically skillful), but I'd like to hear other suggestions.
posted by bibliowench to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
A Wine Bottle Shelf could be adapted to those bottles. Another design here. Others here.
posted by BlooPen at 6:06 PM on May 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

lighting fixtures?
posted by cestmoi15 at 6:10 PM on May 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

I've been seeing some great images on craft and style blogs of spraypainted jars, bottles, etc. used as decorative pieces and vases.

Examples: 1, 2, 3, 4

And there are tutorials on how to silver/mirror a bottle as well, like this.

They could make neat decorations for your own house, or cool gifts.
posted by padraigin at 6:11 PM on May 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

A table lamp would be traditional.
posted by Orinda at 6:14 PM on May 26, 2011

I was at a pizzeria last night that used Jim Beam empties as bottles for drizzling olive oil. All you need is a couple of these guys.
posted by Sara C. at 6:25 PM on May 26, 2011

google earthships
posted by gypseefire at 6:35 PM on May 26, 2011

Make terrariums!
posted by Lycaste at 7:26 PM on May 26, 2011 [2 favorites]

Those bottle walls take a shitload of bottles. I doubt you singlehandedly drink enough apple schnapps to do much there. They'd make a good a focal point somewhere in a wall of otherwise normal bottles.

I'd get a funnel and use them to store rice/lentils or other kitchen goods on an open shelf.
posted by kjell at 8:26 PM on May 26, 2011 [1 favorite]

I once saw a great low table consisting of hundreds of clustered small perrier bottles as the base and am oddly shaped glass top. Table was very low, but quite effective.
posted by the noob at 10:47 PM on May 26, 2011

If nothing else, do you have any friends who are into home brewing? I'll bet if you gave them a bunch of these nice bottles you'd get at least one back, full of good stuff. :)
posted by xedrik at 11:13 PM on May 26, 2011 [3 favorites]

Brew ginger beer in them!
posted by ghostbikes at 11:56 AM on May 27, 2011

Bottle Tree?
posted by peagood at 1:43 PM on May 28, 2011

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