Recycled Glass Bottles

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
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 🙂

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. earofthewind

Recycled Glass Bottle Art

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Glass Bottle and Dish Tree by Alison Fox, Illinois. alisonsstainedglass

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Green Bottle Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah. customglassbynikki.daportfolio

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Bottle Bottom Transom by Nikki Root.

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Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah. customglassbynikki.daportfolio

recycled glass art
Mixed Bottle and Plate Bottoms by Nikki Root, Utah. customglassbynikki.daportfolio

Recycled glass art
Recycled milk bottoms. By Kent Sandy Larsen. earofthewind

Recycled glass art
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. earofthewind

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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.

recycled glass art
Recycled bottle bottoms, glass beads, sanded glass pieces and decorative glass pieces glued with E600 craft glue onto an old window. By Teena Stewart.

recycled glass art
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.

recycled glass art
Recycled glass bottles and traditional stained glass form a four foot rose window. By Justin Tyner, Philadelphia. jtartisanal

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

recycled glass window
Three Stalks, 1981. Glass, brass, 15″h x 18″w. By John Bassett,

Melted glass bottles by Erwin Timmers.

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

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Glass Bottle Border in garden! More pictures here: thegreenbacksgal

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

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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. $35 – $90.

‘Relite’ recycled glass lamp shades on reuse bases.

recycled glass lamps
Close-up of a Berrie ‘Relite’ – Love it!

Recycled hanging glass lamp by Wolf Art Glass & Pottery,
Austin, Texas: Etsy: $545.

Recycled Glass For Your Garden: All 5 Stars On Etsy

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

Recycled Bottle Rain Chain
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
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.

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Author: keiren

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

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Exciting, ingenious, beautiful, intelligent.


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!


Absolutely beautiful!


Stunning art pieces!


Inspiring and beautiful.xx


So beautiful! It really inspires me to continue on further with my stained glass hobby.


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

Joanne Branagan

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,



As an artist who uses recycled materials, I loved this site!!


How do you attach glass to glass, or a pole, ect?


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?

Italia Juana Cuomo

Todo lo que se refiera a reciclados de todo tipo!!


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.


Beautiful things can be done with things considered just good for land fill!

Ruth Ann Anderson

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.


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


By chance is there a class teaching this technique in So. California?


veramente splendidi, e' una goduria per gli occhi e per l'anima


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.


Very inspiring, creative, and excellent use of recycled materials!


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.


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


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

Check out website and Facebook page for more information

Karl B. Hensel ll

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?


I love this.


To think these totally beautiful works of art could have never materialized had no one had a vision.


Just amazing!


I love this idea! It's a great use of discarded glass!


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.


How can we purchase some of these? In particular the pallette? Love your work just so inspiring and beautiful!!


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 ,


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


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 .


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


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.


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.