Recycled Glass Bottles

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Much of the glass we throw out is not recycled because different glass has different melting points and recyclers only melt the most common containers. Artists use old and new glass to create unique pieces of home decor.

Glass Bottle Windows

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Hanging window composed of serving plates, wine bottle bottoms, stemware bottoms and faceted stained glass jewels. The background is a variety of textured handblown glass and the border is composed of several different patterns of pale lavender Depression glass serving plates. Daniel Maher Stained Glass, Somerville, MA. Restoration and custom work.

The window is comprised of highly textured bottle, vase, serving plate and stemware bottoms along with a variety of antique pressed glass jewels and objects. The background is a variety of clear textured glasses and the border is composed of pale lavender “Depression Glass” plates. 26″ x 25″, $3,000. Daniel Maher Stained Glass, Somerville, MA. Restoration and custom work.

This “Green Bottoms” window is installed in a home on Simmons Island, GA. To personalize the window, the client requested the inclusion of “sea glass” they found at the local beach. The addition of greenish blue plate fragments and jewels in the border give the window’s color range an ocean feel. Daniel Maher Stained Glass, Somerville, MA.

Several medicine bottle remnants are blended into more typical food themes in this Massachusetts’ kitchen window. The medicine bottles refer to this couples’ careers in the health provider industry. The window is installed in a door that blocks the view of a brightly lit mud room. Daniel Maher Stained Glass. Somerville, MA.

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Bottle bottoms and more… “Each panel contains vintage/antique glass from chandeliers, lamp parts, you name it. I am always scouring the antique stores and flea markets. I then foil each and every piece with copper foil and solder the panel on both sides. I use old window frames that I’ve also collected and replace the glass with the artwork I create.” By Alison Fox: alisonsstainedglass

Glass Bottle Art For Sale

Stained Glass Light Up Wine Bottles With Lights
Stained Glass Light Up Wine Bottles With Lights, handpainted by The Bottle Art Company, Santa Ana, California.

Mosaic Window Vases and Flowers, Stained Glass Window, Home Decor, Vintage Window, Garden Decor, Melted Bottle Art, Wall Hanging, Window Art
Handmade Stained Glass Window by Pieces of Home Mosaics in Baker City, Oregon. Uses stained glass, tumbled glass, and bottles.

recycled bottle glass leaded stained glass window panel shown in two sizes
A sold Gorgeous Stained Glass Panel from Recycled Bottles by Holli Boyle Stained Glass in Gary, Indiana. Made from recycled beer and soda bottles. “First, you have to drink the beer,” says the artist 🙂 She still has other pieces of art for sale.

Recycled Glass Bottle Panels

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Alison sells work in numerous shows throughout the central states, check her website for show schedules. alisonsstainedglass

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Recycled glass panels. By Kent Sandy Larsen. Similar pieces by Kent can be found on the Ear Of The Wind website.

21 Amazing Pieces Of Recycled Glass Bottle Art

1) Glass Bottle And Dish Tree

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Glass Bottle and Dish Tree by Alison Fox, Illinois. Found at

2) Green Bottle Bottoms

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Green Bottle Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah. Custom Glasswork: By Nikki showcases other unique recycled pieces of art.

3) Rainbow Ammonite Paperweight

This paperweight has a beautiful combination of orange and yellow glass. The slight hint of blue also helps to contrast the warmer colors.

4) Bottle Bottom Transom

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A recycled piece named Bottle Bottom Transom by Nikki Root.

5) Mixed Bottle And Plate Bottoms

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Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah.

6) Bottle Bottoms In Blue

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Bottle Bottoms In Blue by Nikki Root, Utah.

7) Recycled Milk Bottoms

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Recycled milk bottoms. By Kent Sandy Larsen. Originally found at, you can look at more art by Kent here.

8) Glass Bottle Wall Art

Recycling both glass and wall paneling, this artist is beginning a piece with glass “leaves.”

9) Recycled Glass Window

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Three dimensional recycled glass window, 47 x 14″
“The sharp edges of the glass are ground down, copper foil is wrapped around the ground edges, and then the pieces are fit together and soldered. After the bulging form is designed and soldered, the window is anchored into the frame, flipped over, and the glass is built out and soldered in the opposite way to give it the undulating surface. Installed in Joshua Tree, CA. By Kent Sandy Larsen.

10) Window From Glass Beads And Bottles

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Recycled bottle bottoms, glass beads, sanded glass pieces and decorative glass pieces glued with E600 craft glue onto an old single pane window. By Teena Stewart. Was available to purchase at Marketplace.

11) Glass Window By Teena Stewart

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Recycled bottle bottoms, glass beads, sanded glass pieces and decorative glass pieces glued with E600 craft glue onto an old window. By Teena Stewart. You can purchase other work by Teena at Amazon.

12) ‘Light Box’ Table

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Mosaic, ‘light box’ table, with ‘St Peters organic Ale, kiln fused, green bottles, 61cm wide. Antique, up-cycled wood table & recycled glass panel inlay, four LED strip lights, illuminate the Central panel and gems around the edge, very effective at night, magical!! By Nikki Ella Whitlock. To see more of her work go to

13) Psychedelic Rose Window

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Recycled glass bottles and traditional stained glass form a four foot rose window. By Justin Tyner, Philadelphia. Some of his artwork can be found on Glass

14) Old Bottles #2

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Old Bottles #2, 1992. Bottles, brass, 25″h x 20″w. By John Bassett,

15) Three Stalks

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Three Stalks, 1981. Glass, brass, 15″h x 18″w. By John Bassett, also found on

16) Melted Glass Bottles


Melted glass bottles by Erwin Timmers.

17) Glass Bottle Border

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Glass Bottle Border at the Mano Poderosa Jardin. Image by Dee Kincke.

18) Up-Cycled Glass Bottle Garden Edging

Glass Bottle Border in garden! More pictures here: thegreenbacksgal

19) Small Glass Sculpture

Blue and white pieces of glass combine in this beautiful piece by Tony Cavallero.

20) Beer Bottle Walkway

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Beer Bottle Walkway by pammiejoandfriends, Kansas. 750 bottles created 15 feet of path.

21) Hanging Flower Vases

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Hanging glass bottle flower vases. Super wedding decoration idea. See:

Recycled Glass Bottle Lamps

Recycled glass lamps (note the upside down wine bottles) by Whimsical Wonders: Darla Murray and Bridget Smith via: almosteveryword.blogspot

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“Relite” lamp shades made from recycled glass, stained glass and or, fused glass.
The glass is broken up and put in a rock tumbler and/or kiln to get the effect.
Light blubs are CFL or LED. They were $35 – $90. Now you can view or contact the creator Mellony Ballard at

‘Relite’ recycled glass lamp shades on reuse bases. Other projects by Berrie Creative can be found on their FaceBook page here.

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Close-up of a Berrie ‘Relite’ – Love it! As seen on

Recycled hanging glass lamp by Wolf Art Glass & Pottery,
Austin, Texas: You can find similar lamps on Etsy.

Recycled Glass For Your Garden: All 5 Stars On Etsy

Hand-Painted Hummingbird Feeder
Hand painted Hummingbird feeder Cheerful flowers with flower spout

This specific rain catcher is sold, but Storm Dancer Designs has others available here.
Recycled Bottle Rain Chain, Yard Art, Bottle Rain Chain, Copper Rain Chain, Bottle Chime, One of a Kind Rain Chain, Unique Rain Chain

Recycled Bottle Air Plant Holder (style may vary slightly)
Air plant holder -Recycled bottle sconce - Blue with Silver and beads

Recycled Glass Bottle House

Manuel Rapoport has built a house in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina with 100% recycled ingredients. Tin cans for roofing and siding and merged whiskey bottles as windows.

Recycled Glass Videos

How to make bottle cheese plates

The bottles are carefully put in a kiln, slowly heated to temperatures around 1400 degrees, cooled, and turned into cheese boards, spoon rests, etc.

How to make a glass cup from a bottle

Although the video maker used a torch and electric grinder, you can do it with just a glass scorer and sandpaper.

Glass Bottle Lamps. How to:

The Best Recycled Glass Books

Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass by Cindy Ann Coldiron, features 40 artists and 125 sculptures in an exploration of the use of recycled glass as a medium for sculpture and creative design.

Recycled Bottle Lamps: Instructions, Project Ideas and Inspirations by Nicholas Jager and Silke Jager.

Why Use Recycled Glass?

Glass recycling turns used glass products back into “new” glass products. By some estimates, recycling glass uses 40% less energy than creating new glass from silica sand, lime and soda ash. Recycled glass also creates about 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution.

Glass recycling is a much more efficient process than plastic recycling, since plastics are usually “downcycled” into a lower-quality form of plastic. Plastic water bottles, for example, cannot be recycled into new plastic bottles, but glass containers can be recycled indefinitely into new glass containers.

When glass is recycled, it is cleaned and separated by color. All other items, including plastic and metal caps, are also removed. Recycled glass is then crushed into a mixture called cullet, which is then sold back to glass manufacturing facilities.

Recycling glass:

  • Saves raw materials – Over a ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled.
  • Cuts CO2 emissions – For every six tons of recycled container glass used, a ton of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced. From:

Glass That Is Not Recyclable

Window glass, mirrors, glass cups or tumblers, ceramic, Pyrex, colored glass (other than green and the amber that beer bottles usually are), light bulbs (hardware stores may take light bulbs), windows and windshields, aren’t generally accepted by local recycling centers. That’s because these different glass products have a different melting point from container glass, so that your local recycling center may not recycle them.

Yet, some recycling centers send their glass to cement producers, where the glass is crushed and used as filler in cement products. One needs to contact one’s local recycling center to find out what kind of glass it recycles.

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.


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  1. Inspiring for my own glass-work. The collection of topics on your website always takes me down a road that inspires in ways I never expected. I leave refreshed, inspired and hopeful. Thanks for the posts!

  2. That was a wonderful assortment of recycled glass. With a little imaginatin we can do a lot. Thanks

  3. You are PHENOMENAL. Your work is AMAZING!!

    Such beauty you create with the talent God gave you.

    Wish I could afford one of your pieces.

    Maybe one of these days.

    I am inspired!!

    Sincerely & with much admiration,


  4. How do you harvest just the bottom of bottles and especially textured drinking glasses? Would a wet band saw do it? Or a wet tile saw?

  5. There is a tore called GO GREEN in Ann Arbor, mich., that sells countertops made from recycled glass. My favorite is Cubist-made from recycled windshields, shower doors and other clear glass.

  6. I have challenged several friends to select one of recycled glass projects for their own enjoyment ,creativity,and ALSO for the recycling purpose.

    I will be doing mine when we relocate to Florida from Texas by March.

    I am thrilled to have found this website.

  7. I am so very inspired by the wonderful pieces created in this sight. I especially love the pieces done with candy jar lids. Does anyone offer workshops or classes? Awe Inspiring work. You are now on my favorites spot. Thanks for the beauty. Renee

  8. Useing the bottles to make glasses with a peice of oild string tied arround them and then lit to cut the bottle off at the middle. Polish the edge with sand paper to prvent cutting of the lips.

  9. i think green all the time and make new from old. will be organizing a arts and crafts festival at touchstone art camp in 2014.. the camp is beautiful nestled in the mountains of pa, come join us.

  10. I am currently learning to cut glass and dable with projects. I can Really appreciate your art work. Thank you , Norin

  11. Bottle Alley Glass upcycles pre and post consumer waste glass bottles into solid surfaces.

    Check out website and Facebook page for more information

  12. My father age 80 use to do a little stained glass. I believe I may try it. Do you appreciate your work as much as your admiring public do?

  13. I just love the idea. Such beautiful work!!! Can someone tell me how you get glass to adhere to glass without turning yellow. I would greatly appreciate any help.

  14. This is so inspiring! I wish I had the talent to turn old stuff into such beauty. Recycling glass is not only important for environment, but beautiful too. I have a friend of mine who turns old beer bottles into gifts for her family and friends, and it’s amazing how each item she makes is different and completely personalized. Thanks for the useful links! Harriet ,

  15. I love to see others working with scrap glass. I make paperweights. I recover glass bottles from old dumps, melt them with propane and anneal them with fire.

    Tombstone Glass

  16. I contact you because i am a French seaglass créateur . If you would like look after my work . You can see my web site . I am very interristing to meet some body who work like me or use the glass to créate . I leave in the south of France near Aix en provence . Thank you by advance ….

    With all the best .

    At soon i hope !

    Philippe litou .

    Artiste en Provence .

  17. Hi, I enjoyed your site very much. I thought you might be interested in my work. Please view my website at

  18. Hi, just wondering how they cut the old plates and bottoms from bottles – as it cant be done with normal methods I just wondered if they used a tile cutter wet saw on a flat bed or if they used a stained glass band saw or what??? They look amazing and I have a collection of plates and bottles I would like to put into a window down here in New Zealand. Many thanks, Mandy Wood.

  19. Have a new system to clean cut and polish glass bottles on a lathe, with special attachments. Cutting and polishing time under 6minutes.

    De mo in bom bay.

  20. I have many glass vases that I have “collected” over many years and was wondering if you guys can use them.

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