Glass Bottle Walls

Instead of cutting down trees, re-use glass bottles to form the structure of your home. Tom Kelly, a miner in treeless Rhyolite, Nevada, had this idea back in 1906. More than a century later, Rhyolite’s a ghost town—and Tom’s weird amalgam of 50,000 glass bottles is one of the few buildings still standing.

Glass Bottle Walls Around the World

An arts center in Deep Ellum, Texas.  Source


Earth Ship Home. Note tires and cans as well.

Anna’s bottle house in Tucson, Arizona. Source

In Taos, another Earth Ship. Bright light, but private.

Kawakawa, New Zealand men’s public toilet close up. Designed by Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Kawakawa, New Zealand men’s public toilet from the outside.

Again in New Zealand: Carlucci Land, Happy Valley. Source

The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina, a tribute to Minnie Evans.

Close up at Airlie Gardens.

The sides of the chapel. Source

Bottle Wall, Market Hall Altenrhein Switzerland. Designed by Austrian artist and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.


Hundertwasser bottle wall picture by eloisavh on Flickr.

Here’s an eclectic room. An artist’s studio in New Zealand.

Same New Zealand art studio. Looks more secure when you plaster in the bottlenecks.

Prince Edward Island Bottle House. Keith Watson on Flickr.

Glass wall Biotecture, Ireland.

Walkway at Wat Lan Kuat, Thai for “The Temple of One Million Bottles.”

Wat Lan Kuat (One Million Bottle Temple) in Khn Han, Eastern Thailand.

Tom Kelly’s Bottle House Rhyolite, Nevada, built in 1906.  Source

EarthShip Photo: Earthship Kristen

A wall made of cordwood and bottles.

glass bottle wall
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.

Duke’s bottle house in Australia.

Charlie stagg’s bottle cave creation — photo by Lawrence Harris.

Tinker town, New Mexico. Source

Beer Bottle Walls.

Glass Bottle Home Decor

1868 Green Honey Bottles Rustic Wall Decor, kitchen decor, home wall decor, shabby chic bottles, country kitchen, antique bottles, glass
1868 Green Honey Bottles Wall Decor, handmade by Pineknobs and Crickets in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Recycled The MACALLAN single Highland malt scotch whisky -melted bottle wall clock -Gift for him
Whiskey Bottle Clock, handmade from melted glass by Boni’s Glass Art in Rehovot, Israel. Boni melts the glass in her home glass kiln and makes the clocks with her granddaughter.

Wine Bottle Chandelier, made from upcycled wine bottles by Glow 828 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

The Heineken WOBO (world bottle), an interlocking beer bottle. Mr. Heineken was a green thinker and designed bottle bricks so his beer bottles could be re-used. But the rest of the company wouldn’t go for it.

Glass bottle chair, just don’t try to use it to open beer.

And to go in your new bottle home, a beer bottle chandelier.

Better yet, this more stylish wine bottle chandelier. Source

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Author: Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building.

  1. Wow, Liking the idea of wrapping the bottles in metal flashing! There is an image on the Recycled glass bottles post under Art that shows two bottles combined. I’ll add the picture to this post as well. Hope you get to build your wall one day!

  2. Thanks for creating this website. I’m a huge fan of recycling glass, tile, fabric, etc. The photos in this site are inspirational!!!

  3. I would think if you have open bottles, you could always just recap them, a capper is cheap ~$20 and caps are really cheap like 100 for $1

  4. I was checking out 8 ghost towns in the US. Tge last one was the most fascinating. Its in Rhyolite, NV. I Googled for more photos which led me to your site. VERY, very cool. 🙂 Not only did I have fun seeing allk the ghost towns but digging deeper led me to some amazing uses of recycled bottles. So nicethat the creative, artsy, architectural part works so beautifully with GREEN!! 🙂

  5. I really want to build a recycled wine bottle wall/buffet in my back yard as a first bottle project but I do not know what to use as ‘mortar’ between the bottles. I am having a hard time finding how to’s on the subject.

  6. Everything is amazing, love it!!!!!

    I am going to build a Wall around a Caravan we have on the Property, can’t wait and I will keep you informed how I am going.

    A Friend of mine did ask if we also could use Silicon?

    Thanks 🙂

  7. saya sangat menyukainya dan itu benar benar menginspirasi saya dimana dengan anggaran yang minim bisa terwujud rumah yang istimewa, dan ini merupakan perbuatan yang mulia karena sangat berdampak terhadap kelestarian lingkungan kita, sangat keren coy, thank’s

  8. Hey, what a great site and collection of pictures. I have a blog about sustainable living and was wondering if you’d mind if I used some of your images for an entry on this topic. We’re planning on replacing our bathroom window with wine bottles!

  9. !!!impresionante!!!imaginación, creatividad, encanta su gustaria ponerlo en practica,pero me falta la tecnica y recopilar muchas botellas. un saludo.

  10. I hope one day I day I can make it out to see your place ,I’am trying to make my own glass bottle wall /shower and trying to find a book ,or website ..

    love your work ,,jp Austin Texas

  11. I though i was the onely one to have such idéals and i am glad and pleased to see that’s am not the onely one. Everything is realisable. Thank you for collection all those beautyfull pictures!

    Have all fun by constructing all your bottle walls or buildings. Like Cindy Haviland i think already a long time to build a Green house with glass bottle. I was onely searching what to use as mortar, and i found an interesting article on Wikipédia: ‘Bottle wall’ and much other informations are on the net too.

  12. Can you recomend a site to look at the building process. I would like suggestions on how to set foundations and also how to build the glass bottle wall without a frame? Is this possible on an entire building or do you think it needs a frame. I am just about to start my first attempt. Completely love it. 🙂

  13. What wonderful ways to take the ordinary and make it EXTRAordinary! This takes recycling to a whole new level, and shows that even a small project can bring light, beauty, and color while reducing our carbon footprint.

  14. What is the best mortar for bottle walls? I am building some bottle wall structures in Laos so the climate is semi tropical. Thanks for your help Troy

  15. Hi! I want to add glass bottles to an existing wall for light. I want *ventilation* too. Has anyone used them that way? Open at the bottom, with plugs? If so, how did you handle closure? in fact, how do you handle closure when you use them the regular way? Any ideas about bottles and ventilation would be appreciated.

  16. I have 2000 empty green Champagne bottles free to anyone who is involved in a project like this and is able to collect from Sussex UK.


  17. I love these ideas & have also been playing around with bottles, broken glass & other materials in my home.

  18. looking for what works best for bottles – I’ve used water putty which works great but is really expensive – does anyone know what kind of mortar to use to make the bottles stay in an upright position without the mortar slouching, bulging, and falling out before its set? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you. Char

  19. Can these work in areas that have snow? I live in western Michigan. Looking for the appropriate type of walls made with bottles than can withstand these temperatures.

    • we live in northern indiana and i wondered that same thing. The plan is to build a garden bench first to test this out in our climate.

  20. This by far has been the most creative things people have done. I do believe that some time soon we will be looking for ways to build houses more eco friendly and this will be the way I choose.





  22. I’m gathering ideas to incorporate into a Cob Home and this seems to be a good way to let light in in a decorative fashion. Keep up the good work! Pappy

  23. I have been working with bottles and cement. How can I get the bottles to hold together just using recycled material….. I love your page. Thanks for sharing.

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