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2013-09-09 01:15:29 PM
Well, you can spend all your time doing all that artsy fartsy life hacking crap, or you can just learn to make your own wine and fill the old bottles with new stuff to drink. But hell, whatever floats your boat.
 
2013-09-09 01:20:24 PM
Who is cutting all these wine bottles? Who has the tools to do this just laying around?

Not to mention, most of that just looks trashy (like the garden lining or the cement wall full of bottles) or seems like a huge waste of time.  Oh no, not a soap bottle in my kitchen! Better clean a wine bottle so my soap looks classier. 

Whoever came up with this crafty "life hacking" thing needs to be poked with a broken wine bottle.
 
2013-09-09 01:32:45 PM
Or hey, you could do like they do in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and use broken bottles imbedded into the top of your wall/fence to keep the bums out, as sort of a low-price substitute for concertina wire:

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It's not really any more fugly than many of the fugly things they suggest in that article, and at least it's both functional and effective.
 
2013-09-09 01:38:18 PM
My ex-MIL could build a 1:1 scale Eiffel Tower with her empties.
 
2013-09-09 01:53:33 PM

Pocket Ninja: Well, you can spend all your time doing all that artsy fartsy life hacking crap, or you can just learn to make your own wine and fill the old bottles with new stuff to drink. But hell, whatever floats your boat.


My husband did that. He couldn't even wait long enough after the wine was bottled for it to mature. He was aerating it in the blender and drinking it.
 
2013-09-09 01:53:59 PM

Pocket Ninja: Well, you can spend all your time doing all that artsy fartsy life hacking crap, or you can just learn to make your own wine and fill the old bottles with new stuff to drink. But hell, whatever floats your boat.


That's my approach. It's ecologically sound.
 
2013-09-09 01:54:48 PM
If you're putting empty wine bottles in your boots, I'm still going to think you're an alcoholic.
 
2013-09-09 01:54:51 PM
So making a turd-ugly decorative piece that you will throw away in a year is being a responsible recycler. Never knew that.
 
2013-09-09 01:54:57 PM
What tools do you need to cut glass like that?

I've seen people selling half bottles as candle holders or hurricanes but it seems like something I should be able to do on my own.
 
2013-09-09 01:55:24 PM
Strangely absent:

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2013-09-09 01:57:04 PM
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I used to use them as decorative windows but some guy would come by and lick them
 
2013-09-09 01:57:25 PM

macadamnut: Strangely absent:

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Also strangely absent throwing them at each other at the end of the night

(drinking wine makes her mean)
 
2013-09-09 01:57:53 PM

serpent_sky: Who is cutting all these wine bottles? Who has the tools to do this just laying around?

Not to mention, most of that just looks trashy (like the garden lining or the cement wall full of bottles) or seems like a huge waste of time.  Oh no, not a soap bottle in my kitchen! Better clean a wine bottle so my soap looks classier. 

Whoever came up with this crafty "life hacking" thing needs to be poked with a broken wine bottle.


Back in the 70's RonCo (or some similliar mail order TV advertiser) had the RonCo bottle cutter. You'd rotate a bottle on a jig and slowly cut the bottle to make wine glasses and other crafty things.  We sliced our little fingers off trying to get it to work.

/Now, I just fill my empty bottles with urine and stack them in the closet.
 
2013-09-09 01:58:10 PM
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2013-09-09 01:59:25 PM
Put a nickle deposit on the bottle. It worked for beer and soda.
 
2013-09-09 01:59:42 PM
here it is...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYVk9cz_aE

by K-Tel!
 
2013-09-09 02:01:12 PM
Screw you, maybe you're the one with the problem, subby! (Slams door on way out of thread leaving sobbing subby with crying child behind in low-rent trailer park. Broken glass, and broken dreams, lay strewn about the scene.)
 
2013-09-09 02:01:31 PM
All of those ideas seem like something I would think of when I was very drunk.

The bottles are useless.  They're also worthless.

The corks on the other hand are very good.  Does your laptop get too hot?  Mine does.  I created airflow around my laptop by jacking it up with corks.  And this shiatty keyboard I have is also supported by corks since the plastic bits broke off because it was made in China.

Someday, if I drink enough wine, I'm going to cover my floor with cork as if it's a carpet.

I wonder how much money I could raise on kickstarter for that project.
 
2013-09-09 02:02:38 PM
I had the opposite experience:  I started to feel like an alcoholic when I discovered I almost had enough empty wine bottles for my plan to raise the Edmund Fitzgerald from the bottom of Lake Superior.
 
2013-09-09 02:04:19 PM
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2013-09-09 02:05:16 PM
I mean etsy.com. easy.com is probably something else entirely.
 
2013-09-09 02:05:20 PM

LandOfChocolate: What tools do you need to cut glass like that?

I've seen people selling half bottles as candle holders or hurricanes but it seems like something I should be able to do on my own.


Go to amazon and buy a bottle cutter. There are several kits for under $50.  That and a bit of emery cloth and you're in business.
 
2013-09-09 02:05:24 PM

macadamnut: Strangely absent:


You.

I like you.
 
2013-09-09 02:06:11 PM
And there's always the Midsomer Murders solution:

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2013-09-09 02:10:47 PM

Danger Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYVk9cz_aE


That commercial must be why I'm always finding broken glass in my garden from the previous owners. People just chucked empty bottles into their back yard for shiats and giggles?
 
2013-09-09 02:13:43 PM

soopey: Danger Mouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYVk9cz_aE

That commercial must be why I'm always finding broken glass in my garden from the previous owners. People just chucked empty bottles into their back yard for shiats and giggles?


It was a confusing time for many of us.
 
2013-09-09 02:20:45 PM
This just reeks of class...

www.mnn.com
 
2013-09-09 02:33:14 PM

Pocket Ninja: Well, you can spend all your time doing all that artsy fartsy life hacking crap, or you can just learn to make your own wine and fill the old bottles with new stuff to drink. But hell, whatever floats your boat.



THIS!

I have about 120 that will be refilled on Wednesday to make room for this years crush.
 
2013-09-09 02:37:46 PM
I think alcoholics typically just refer to this as "hiding the evidence."

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2013-09-09 02:39:32 PM

gfid: The bottles are useless. They're also worthless.


Worthless? Try over $1 each.

There is no difference between a new bottle and a properly cleaned, undamaged one. None.

And they are VERY useful for wine.
 
2013-09-09 02:39:59 PM
You should see what subbys Mom can do with a couple of wine bottles.
 
2013-09-09 02:40:08 PM

serpent_sky: Who is cutting all these wine bottles? Who has the tools to do this just laying around?

Not to mention, most of that just looks trashy (like the garden lining or the cement wall full of bottles) or seems like a huge waste of time.  Oh no, not a soap bottle in my kitchen! Better clean a wine bottle so my soap looks classier.

Whoever came up with this crafty "life hacking" thing needs to be poked with a broken wine bottle.


Cutting them actually isn't that hard, and a tool to do it costs about $10.  But it is tedious, and you're right, most of it is just kitchy and trashy looking.  And The one thing you might at first think is actually practical, making glasses out of the old bottles, also falls completely short of its intended purpose.  If you cut the top off of a 12oz beer bottle to try to make a clever beer goblet, you'll find that you've just cleverly removed about 2oz of its total volume and thus can no longer empty an entire beer into it, so now you have to carry around your kitchy goblet and the mostly empty bottle.  Wine bottle goblets can work, but good luck finding a sturdy and durable epoxy to hold it all together.  And even when you do, now all you have is an awkwardly shaped cup with quarter-inch wide walls that are just waiting to cut open your lip if you didn't sand them down enough.

I've tried to find a good use for them, because yeah, at first it seems really wasteful throwing out mounds of empty beer and wine bottles.  But really, the most clever thing you can do is dump them into that little bin with the three arrows so they can be reused for their intended purpose of alcohol containment.
 
2013-09-09 02:40:44 PM

serpent_sky: Who is cutting all these wine bottles? Who has the tools to do this just laying around?

Not to mention, most of that just looks trashy (like the garden lining or the cement wall full of bottles) or seems like a huge waste of time.  Oh no, not a soap bottle in my kitchen! Better clean a wine bottle so my soap looks classier. 

Whoever came up with this crafty "life hacking" thing needs to be poked with a broken wine bottle.


Stop w(h)ining.
 
2013-09-09 02:41:22 PM

learn2fly: This just reeks of class...

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I'm doing a wine bottle border in my garden. I think it looks great. I'm taking the labels off first, because I like that look better. I've got some blue bottles in my herb garden, which is mulched with gray river stones, and I'm using green and clear bottles as edging around a long perennial bed.

This isn't mine, but here's one that I think looks nice.
174.121.152.94

This book http://www.amazon.com/Places-Spirit-Traditional-African-American/dp/1 5 95340645 has some incredible photos of yards that include bottles. I'm sure a lot of people think they look trashy, too, but I think they are amazing. I think the bottle tradition goes back to Africa, and involved capturing spirits in some way, similar to the bottle trees.
 
2013-09-09 02:45:43 PM

StrangeQ: If you cut the top off of a 12oz beer bottle to try to make a clever beer goblet, you'll find that you've just cleverly removed about 2oz of its total volume and thus can no longer empty an entire beer into it, so now you have to carry around your kitchy goblet and the mostly empty bottl


My first mistake, was thinking that most people don't expect to fit 750ml of wine into a single goblet.

Perhaps you should consider transitioning to 5 gallon boxes of wine?
 
2013-09-09 02:45:59 PM
The clanking of beer bottles when the guys dump my trash can every Friday morning is downright embarrassing.
 
2013-09-09 02:46:59 PM

uncleacid: Put a nickle deposit on the bottle. It worked for beer and soda.


Hell, the LCBO (Ontario) has a 20-cent deposit.  Funny thing - they don't actually even take the bottles back (returned bottles handing is sub-contracted out to The Beer Store).
 
2013-09-09 02:52:32 PM

FarkinHostile: gfid: The bottles are useless. They're also worthless.

Worthless? Try over $1 each.

There is no difference between a new bottle and a properly cleaned, undamaged one. None.

And they are VERY useful for wine.


Really?  Where can I sell my old wine bottles for a buck each?

I suppose they'd be good if my home is ever invaded.

But OTOH, I do have a baseball bat that would probably be better.
 
2013-09-09 02:54:23 PM

FarkinHostile: Pocket Ninja: Well, you can spend all your time doing all that artsy fartsy life hacking crap, or you can just learn to make your own wine and fill the old bottles with new stuff to drink. But hell, whatever floats your boat.


THIS!

I have about 120 that will be refilled on Wednesday to make room for this years crush.


I *was* going to do that, but we're moving in a couple of months and I've been too lazy to source grapes or fruit to make it with. So on Friday I gave all my blue bottles to some lady who was planning to make wind chimes out of them...

/have fun with that
 
2013-09-09 02:58:32 PM

FunkOut: Pocket Ninja: Well, you can spend all your time doing all that artsy fartsy life hacking crap, or you can just learn to make your own wine and fill the old bottles with new stuff to drink. But hell, whatever floats your boat.

My husband did that. He couldn't even wait long enough after the wine was bottled for it to mature. He was aerating it in the blender and drinking it.


My late father used to do the blender thing.  He would also point a heater at the fermentation  tanks if supplies were low and he wanted to speed up the process. He learned the craft over 11 years of living in Jeddah over the 80s and 90s.

/Uh Dad. I think this one needs another 15 minutes
// Dad, the horse is diabetic
///No Dad, I cannot bend over to pick that up for you because the top of my head will fall off
 
2013-09-09 03:02:16 PM

gfid: Really? Where can I sell my old wine bottles for a buck each?



Sell? I see you are missing the point Pocket Ninja made.
 
2013-09-09 03:03:12 PM

Pangea: StrangeQ: If you cut the top off of a 12oz beer bottle to try to make a clever beer goblet, you'll find that you've just cleverly removed about 2oz of its total volume and thus can no longer empty an entire beer into it, so now you have to carry around your kitchy goblet and the mostly empty bottl

My first mistake, was thinking that most people don't expect to fit 750ml of wine into a single goblet.

Perhaps you should consider transitioning to 5 gallon boxes of wine?


Did I miss something or are you just that bad at being snarky?
 
2013-09-09 03:07:43 PM
I tried recycling them, but hauling a bin or two full of wine bottles up to the curb every week made me look like a huge alcoholic.  Now I just stuff them way down in the trash bag so I can continue happily living in denial.
 
2013-09-09 03:07:56 PM
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2013-09-09 03:08:39 PM

Danger Mouse: Back in the 70's RonCo (or some similliar mail order TV advertiser) had the RonCo bottle cutter. You'd rotate a bottle on a jig and slowly cut the bottle to make wine glasses and other crafty things. We sliced our little fingers off trying to get it to work.


I had one of those when I was a kid too!  You would score the outside of the bottle with the thing, and then when you had scored it sufficiently deeply you were supposed to rap the bottle on the counter or whatever and, in theory, it was magically supposed to break cleanly along the line that you scored in the bottle.  In practice, of course, at least half the time the thing would break jaggedly in a random place, so it looked like the broken bottles that two drunks in a barfight might've smashed against the bar and then used as weapons against each other.  Even when it actually worked, the "clean" freshly-broken edge could still be razor sharp (you were then supposed to put some abrasive grit on a little piece of sheet metal and dampen it, then turn the bottle bottom-up and rotate the newly-created rim against the grit until your wrist was sore, which theoretically was supposed to dull the edge--it did somewhat, along with creating some nice powered glass dust to breathe, I suppose.

What a great toy for kids!  Nothing is safer for little kids to play with than broken glass, right?   I guess its main function was to make other toys of the era seem fairly safe by comparison--toys such as Jarts, Slip 'n' Slides, and Creepy Crawlers (which had the brilliant idea of having kids pour chemicals onto an open 450 degree hot plate and breathe in the resulting toxic fumes, and then try to remove them from the hot surface with their fingers).
 
2013-09-09 03:14:35 PM

Pangea: StrangeQ: If you cut the top off of a 12oz beer bottle to try to make a clever beer goblet, you'll find that you've just cleverly removed about 2oz of its total volume and thus can no longer empty an entire beer into it, so now you have to carry around your kitchy goblet and the mostly empty bottl

My first mistake, was thinking that most people don't expect to fit 750ml of wine into a single goblet.

Perhaps you should consider transitioning to 5 gallon boxes of wine?


Starbucks has solved that first problem for you:
laughingsquid.com

/every wino's dream
//myself included
 
2013-09-09 03:14:46 PM
Every one of those projects look like something from the '70s.
 
2013-09-09 03:25:06 PM
"Throwing them out" is how you avoid feeling like an alcoholic; keeping them around as reminders of just how much you've drunk is not.
 
2013-09-09 03:37:26 PM

Cyberluddite: Danger Mouse: Back in the 70's RonCo (or some similliar mail order TV advertiser) had the RonCo bottle cutter. You'd rotate a bottle on a jig and slowly cut the bottle to make wine glasses and other crafty things. We sliced our little fingers off trying to get it to work.

I had one of those when I was a kid too!  You would score the outside of the bottle with the thing, and then when you had scored it sufficiently deeply you were supposed to rap the bottle on the counter or whatever and, in theory, it was magically supposed to break cleanly along the line that you scored in the bottle.  In practice, of course, at least half the time the thing would break jaggedly in a random place, so it looked like the broken bottles that two drunks in a barfight might've smashed against the bar and then used as weapons against each other.  Even when it actually worked, the "clean" freshly-broken edge could still be razor sharp (you were then supposed to put some abrasive grit on a little piece of sheet metal and dampen it, then turn the bottle bottom-up and rotate the newly-created rim against the grit until your wrist was sore, which theoretically was supposed to dull the edge--it did somewhat, along with creating some nice powered glass dust to breathe, I suppose.

What a great toy for kids!  Nothing is safer for little kids to play with than broken glass, right?   I guess its main function was to make other toys of the era seem fairly safe by comparison--toys such as Jarts, Slip 'n' Slides, and Creepy Crawlers (which had the brilliant idea of having kids pour chemicals onto an open 450 degree hot plate and breathe in the resulting toxic fumes, and then try to remove them from the hot surface with their fingers).


We had very simmilliar childhoods...., loved creeoy crawers. My sister had a "flower making kit" where you bent wire and then dipped the wire loops into a plastic goo.  I don't know how many brain cells died using that littlet craft. My mom's hope chest is still stained by the chemicals.    let's no forget the wood burning kits....fark those hurt.  Chemistry sets with  chemicals and alchohol burners, clackers....
 
2013-09-09 03:39:31 PM
I don't always recycle my beer and wine bottles, but when I do, I look like a raging alcoholic.

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