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Backyard DIY Projects: Glass Bottles

Upcycling, or creative repurposing, is the process of transforming used and discarded materials into products or projects for better environmental use and better quality.

By upcycling, you prevent wasting potentially useful materials, therefore reducing the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions. The major environmental impact of glass production is the atmospheric emissions from melting activities. The combustion of natural gas or fuel oil, and the decomposition of raw materials during the melting, lead to the emission of carbon dioxide.

Glass bottles are already a brilliantly constructed work of art. Both their smooth, oblong shape, and array of colors make them a prime candidate for upcycling in your own home. When they go in the recycling bin, or often the trash, it is common for them to shatter and become useless for anything other than being melted down. It’s a shame to let such a beautiful sculpture go to waste! Imagine the possibilities of using beautiful blue hues of glass, or serene greens to create a privacy wall, outdoor shower, garden bed, or simple a lantern to hang a candle.

Check out these immensely creative and extraordinay applications of glass upcycling. Some are more complex and require a bit more knowledge of construction, and some that can be simply constructed in a weekend!

Breathtaking Structures

 

Garden Portal
Garden Portal
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Backyard Pagoda Lounge
Backyard Pagoda Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design
Earth Ship Wall
Earth Ship Wall
Photograph Courtesy of Wilder Publications
Glass Bottle Gabion Wall
Glass Bottle Gabion Wall
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Backyard Art Studio, New Zealand
Backyard Art Studio, New Zealand
Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design
Cottage Bathroom Inspiration
Cottage Bathroom Inspiration
Photograph Courtesy of The Art of Upcycling
Portal to the Backyard
Portal to the Backyard
Stunning Covered Patio Ceiling
Stunning Covered Patio Ceiling
Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design
Glass Bottle Backyard Oasis
Glass Bottle Backyard Oasis in Deep Ellum, Texas
Glass Bottle Greenhouse
Glass Bottle Greenhouse
Photograph Courtesy of Milkwood
Bottle Cottage

Bottle Cottage

Photograph Courtesy of The Art of Upcycling
Backyard Shower Dome
Backyard Shower Dome
Photograph Courtesy of Marks Veg Plot
Outdoor Shower Dreams
Outdoor Shower Dreams
Stained Glass Effect
Stained Glass Effect
Photograph Courtesy of Marks Veg Plot
Earthy Glass Bottle Wall
Earthy Glass Bottle Wall
Photograph Courtesy of Insteading
Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Photograph Courtesy of Insteading
Creative Patterns
Creative Patterns
Photograph Courtesy of Offay Design Studio Blog
An Array of Shapes and Colors
An Array of Shapes and Colors
Photograph Courtesy of Lushome
Outdoor Bar
Outdoor Bar
Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design
Bottle Temple in Eastern Thailand
Bottle Temple in Eastern Thailand
Photograph Courtesy of Insteading

Simpler Designs

How to Begin
How to Begin
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Ocean Shades
Ocean Shades
Photograph Courtesy of Flickr
Bottle Garden Bed
Bottle Garden Bed
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Ornate Doorways
Ornate Doorways
Photograph Courtesy of Plant Care Today
Colorful Decorative Wall
Colorful Decorative Wall
Simple Wine Bottle Shelf
Simple Wine Bottle Shelf
Photograph Courtesy of Bob Vila
Hanging Lantern Inspiration
Hanging Lantern Inspiration
Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design
Suspended Candles
Suspended Candles
Photograph Courtesy of Architecture and Design
Wine Bottle Chair
Wine Bottle Chair
Photograph Courtesy of Insteading

Glass Bottle Cutting Tutorial!

 

Check out another awesome Backyard DIY using Cinder Blocks or Reclaimed Lumber!

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