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10 Creative Ways to Recycle Beer Bottles

Nothing is more enjoyable on a hot summer day that having a nice cold beer. If you’re like me, you probably go through quite a few beer bottles in any given week. Sometimes I get embarrassed that my recycling bin is filled with nothing but beer bottles, but then I get over it and grab another beer.

For you beer lovers out there, here are 10 creative ways that you can turn those bottles into something useful.

1. Chandelier

This cool two-tiered chandelier is made from 52 beer bottles and features 8 light bulbs.

Image: ecofriend

2. Buddhist Temple

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was created by Buddhist monks from one million recycled Heineken and Chang Beer bottles.

Images: greenupgrader

3. Stained Glass Wiener

Artist Brian Western creates stained glass designs like this for his online Etsy Shop titled  Western Art Glass. He uses everything from recycled amber beer bottles to antique German glass.

Image: etsy
4.  Chair

This isn’t very practical, but at least it looks cool.


5. Chapel

The Arlie Gardens Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel was created by North Carolina artist Virginia Wright-Frierson. It’s made from a variety of beer bottles that have been constructed together with bottle cement and chicken wire.

Images: agilitynut

6. Christmas Tree

This tree is made from empty Grolsch beer bottles.

Image: greenopolis

7. Candles

Etsy seller Mylana makes these candles by sawing off the bottom of beer bottles and filling them with paraffin candle wax.
Image: etsy
8. Solar Powered Water Heater

Chinese farmer Ma Yanjun made this solar-powered water heater out of 66 beer bottles and hosepipes.
 Image: weirdasianews
9. Spoons

Yes, these are recycled beer bottle serving spoons.
 Image: forkparty
10. Lantern

These cool lanterns made from recycled beer bottles are perfect for the outdoors.

About Trish Broome

Trish is a half Korean hip hop head who writes satire music articles on The Rap Insider and muses over culture and diversity on Mixed Nation. In her spare time you can find her eating kimchi or tweeting at @TheGreenGroove.


2 thoughts on “10 Creative Ways to Recycle Beer Bottles

  1. You missed the obvious one (and the easiest). Fill them with more beer by making your own!

    Posted by Wolf Gray | June 22, 2011, 1:16 pm
  2. wow, would love to try make that chandelier! I dont drink the stufff but I’m sure a few of my friends would be more than willing to help me there 🙂

    Posted by bakingbuzzybee | July 18, 2011, 2:04 pm

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