Top 10 Wine Upcycles

Lots of wine paraphenalia lying around from some enthusiastic toasts to Summer? Want to give them a new lease of life? From attainable to ambitious, here’s our round-up of some of the best upcycling options out there. A worthy reason to drink more if ever one were to be created.



The most obvious, yes. But with beauty being in the eye of the beholder, it’s all about the interpretation. From Lightbulb to fairy lights; simple candle to precariously balanced candelabra; painted stencil to full-blown jeweled embellishment, the humble wine bottle is the most wonderful vehicle for your (or someone elses) creative license.


Door stop

Another master of simplicity. Fill your favourite bottles with water, or sand & prop that door with a certain fondness & finesse. Magnums work best, or heavy punted champagne bottles. Combine the 2 & you’re onto a winner both sides of the consumption equation!


 Box shelves

 So perhaps a slightly more voluminous consumption ask, but collecting wooden boxes is never a bad thing, even if it just equates to some kindling. Or sturdy boxing. From simple stacking to a more complicated structure, boxes make for wonderful shelves, both practically & aesthetically. & ups the sourcing bar. Ahem, what bottles are distributed solely in wooden cases…?


Coat/Hat stand


Ladies & Gentleman, as you come into the hall, please be so kind as to leave your coats on the… bottles. Just makes sense. In a reassuringly cyclical kind of way. Simply cut the bottles & affix to whatever board you choose; OR leave as it & embed them into whatever stand you choose. I mean, its SOUNDS simple, right!? (we opted for the less arts & crafts version)


Cork bathmat

 Absorbent, easily collectible AND I would say a relatively nice thing to step out of the bath onto. Corks are an under-used by product of a wine-enthusiast. Rescue them from the dog and/or fire; or pop round a few local bars & restaurants. Before you know it a wealth of options will be at your creative fingertips. Face up in a frame, or woven together as more of a traditional mat. Those delicate post-bath feet will be ever so grateful.


Wineglass chandelier

Arguably you may want to keep your wine glasses to, well, drink from. But die-hard upcyclists may well just want to given them another lease of life. And they do look ever so pretty. Bottles work too, reasurringly. Corks will just have you a cricket field down-under, although never say never.


Hanging plant pot

Flowers love bottles almost as much as we do. Either cut the bottle & make a little bed, or drop seeds & soil in. And wait! Or affix to wall & use as a decorative receptacle for cut flowers. Many an inspired idea & many a happy plant.


Garden edging

 In keeping with the green-fingered theme, why not set your garden beds with upturned bottles. A neat way of keeping everything in check; & a slightly less conventional bottle-count. For fully immersive greener than thou fare, imagine what microclimate you’re creating for sundry bugs & soil dwelling types. If they’re lucky there might even be some dregs to boot. Happy worms indeed!


Cork board

 Maybe obvious. But for good reason. And why not use something obvious to remind you of all those oh so obvious nitbits that regularly get forgotten. Precisely for that reason. Go small, or BIG & set the whole wall up.. A well-stopped reminder of forgetfulness.


Wine clock

Not for the DIY faint hearted, but ever so worth it’s labour of love. AND a timely reminder of when to open the next bottle, set old (preferably cleaned) bottles around a clock for an at once timeless & timeful upcycle. Deciding which bottle corresponds to which hour of the day best left to the artist’s discretion.

The Author

Helen Richards

Helen Richards

Hely's love of wine was born from a young age, spending summers exploring the vineyards of France. After studying Modern Languages at Oxford, she worked in publishing and branding before joining the JF Tobias team to help build our blog / written content. She loves wine, writing, yoga and adventure in equal measure and strives to balance all four, although not necessarily all at the same time!