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Decorative Bottles | Manolo for the Home

Coolness: Bottle It

Though to some extent they’re a dying breed in the U.S., glass bottles remain plentiful and easy to find. I only say that they’re on their way out because we use plastic soda bottles, you can buy champagne in cans, and plenty of jugs of gin are sold each year. In Costa Rica and elsewhere, soda is still sold in glass bottles and beach glass remains plentiful. Why am I bringing this up? Because decorating with bottles is easy and generally quite inexpensive.

antique bottles

For example, a few antique bottles (easy to find on eBay and elsewhere) get a chic makeover with papercraft labels and vintage jewelry, as created by Brenda Walton.


When mixing bottles and modern decor, try Jeff Crandall’s Poet’s Bottles, which are sandblasted with text that provides the user with contents and instructions like “Hope (warning: do not abandon).”

bottle labels

Country Living suggests outfitting your fizzy water bottles with paper jackets that match your party color scheme or decor.

beach bottles

And if you’re decorating a beach house, think beach glass. Ballard Designs‘ Azure Beach Bottles Set is reminiscent of pale blue beach glass, which is (in my opinion as a long time collector) the rarest color of all.

wine bottle vases

Another modern take on the humble bottle repurposes wine bottles into sleek vases. Green Wine Bottles from David Guilfoose are an eco-friendly way to store loose collectibles, display flowers, or give your space a touch of green.

decorated bottle

Finally, there are these. They’re not for everyone, but if you like them you can find the DIY instructions for them at Crafty Chica.

4 Responses to “Coolness: Bottle It”

  1. Brass Knuckles September 15, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

    I like antique bottles when they’re doing something, like standing in for vases or holding things like paperclips or candy. Bottles just standing there in space, not so much.

  2. Olivia September 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    I must admit I really like Brenda Walton antique bottles, but I am very old fashioned.

  3. AntiqueBott September 21, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    THe photos are goegeous, but it’s not always easy to use bottles the right way. Do it wrong and you risk looking like you have junk everywhere.

  4. Polly September 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    I totally agree that it is not easy to choose the right bottles to decorate the house. I think I would go for blue beech glass bottles as this is my favourite color and would go with everything.