Turn a Tequila Bottle Into a Pretty Hanging Vase

A bouquet of herbs and my favorite native coral honeysuckle displayed in a pretty tequila bottle vase helps to brighten my kitchen and my mood. (photos by Bob Farley)

Well, another Cinco de Mayo, another tequila bottle. This time, I made a wire-caged bottle vase. Much like the tequila bottle hummingbird feeder, I encased the bottle with wire and beads, but right-side-up this time. With the cage completely encasing the bottle, to finish, I twisted the wire tightly around to the back of the neck, and continued twisting until I had two pieces to join together to make the hanger loop. It is a little tricky getting the wily wires to behave when beginning to build the cage, so I recommend getting a buddy to help hold them in place. A second set of hands comes in handy.

Directing the wire hanger to one side gives a tilt to the vase so the wires won’t stand in the way of the plant cuttings. The narrow neck of the bottle helps keep the plant from slipping down into the water, and helps keep tiny flower arrangements tightly bunched. The bottle vase is also ideal for use as a rooting vase or a flower or herb vase for a kitchen.

Not all plants can be rooted by submerging in water. A short list of tried-and-true plants for propagating in this manner: coleus, impatiens, mint, geranium, salvia and begonia. Rosemary, basil, oregano and other herbs with stems are easy to root in a bottle vase. Just be sure to keep the water refilled and clean while waiting on the roots to show up.

Follow this tequila bottle hummingbird feeder tutorial for steps to make your own bottle vase, and follow the tips below for rooting your favorite plant cuttings.

• Make a clean cut. Use properly sharpened nippers and try to make a diagonal cut to maximize cut surface area.

• Strip away leaves that may touch the water.

• Refill and add water to keep water clean and at a sufficient  and constant level.

• Don’t overcrowd the vase if using as a rooting vase. Use only one or two cuttings per bottle.

• Transplant as soon as the roots reach the one-inch mark. If you wait too long to transplant, the cuttings will rot. Plant in loose soil, and let the plant acclimate and build root mass in a shady spot before transplanting to the garden.

Another Cinco de Mayo, another tequila bottle to add to the collection. The bottles are too pretty to discard, so I make hummingbird feeders, salsa bottles and now bottle vases with the best ones.

Below and in this post, find more ideas for upcycled container vases, garden planters and more.

14 Responses

  1. Jack Maltby says:

    Most of us, just throw the bottles after using them, but actually if you put your imagination, you can have great pieces at home. Just check if you have some old ones, clean them carefully and decorate :) You can warn your cleaner not to throw them, in case you are using are hiring someone to clean your home.


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