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  • Are wine bottles piling in your garden? We share what you can do to give your bottles new purpose.

Many of us love to wine and dine. However, as you sip your favourite wine, have you ever thought of the fortune you could make transforming that wine bottle once emptied.
Susan Karungi of Sue Crafts and Décor, says empty wine bottles can be remodelled or cut and shaped to serve different purposes.
She explains that there are plenty of ways to reuse wine bottles and craft them into handy tools or stylish décor depending on what you would want. “You have to remove these labels because you cannot decorate the bottle with them on. Some bottles you have to use hot water or bio-carbonate soda as for some, you just soak in water for some time which makes it easy to remove,” Karungi shares.
Ruqaiyah Amru, an interior designer at Glass Bottle Decoration, says wine bottles can be used as a single stem vase, garden edging, creative light display, storage container, and creative coffee table, among others.

Storage container
According to Karungi, before one uses the bottles, they need to first clean them properly.
“When theprocess of cleaning is done, this can save you money on buying food storage containers. In the bottle you can store your rice, roasted groundnuts, grains, hard corns, dried beans, spices or sugar.”

Lamp holders
Upcycled bottles can also be used as lantern, lamp holders once cut. “Put a bulb and the string wire through the bottom of the wine bottle and out the bottles’ neck and then connect to electricity.”

Cover the bottle in crochet thread
Sheila Namumbya, the proprietor of Sheila’s Craft, explains that some of these repurposed wine bottle craft ideas are quite simple. They can be made with nothing more than a little paint, crochet and a lot of imagination.
She further shares that to transform your wine bottle into a contemporary flower vase, consider using different size and shapes of bottles with various colours and textures of crochet thread, pieces of kitengi (African cloth print) to create a unique arrangement.
She however further notes that some bottles do not require decorating. “You can use water balls which you insert inside the bottle, pour water and they will expand. They look good in a transparent bottle.”

Garden edging
Amru says even if you are not a big drinker, wine bottles can heap up fast and you can certainly recycle them as garden edging which will involve a lot of wine bottles.
“By fixing the top of the bottle in the ground and using them to around your garden, this edging can look pretty attractive especially when you leave the labels on and allow them to wear off naturally,” Amru explains.

Centre piece
For Namumbya, these can be a great centre piece in the house after removing the labels, spray them any colour of your choice to go with the theme you are working with in your house.
She asserts that these sprayed bottles can be used on dining tables, on solace tables, on wall mounted ledges.

Tea light shade
If you are looking to adventure further with your bottles, or bottle necks, Namumbya advises that you can actually cut them up into different sizes and use them as light shades. “Find a hardware shop that cuts glass, and have them cut the wine bottle just below the neck”.

Best corner to place the bottles
Amru says in case you have a house like Egyptians types or when you have a wall unit with compartments, you can place coloured bottles to blend in with the colours of your furniture, curtains, or wall paint. The bottles can be got on order from any big supermarket outlet. Karungi says an already decorated bottle can be at around Shs15,000 mostly the painted ones are the cheapest while the acrylic and beaded ones are slightly more expensive since a lot of beads is needed on the bottles.
Before you dump that wine bottle, think of the many purposes it could serve in your house.

Caution
Karungi says since these are glasses people should be very careful. “Glasses can break any time, if you have selves make sure you put them up where these young ones do not reach in order prevent the breakage.”