Wine Bottle Garden Border

Use empty wine bottles to create a unique garden border in this tip from a Maryland MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader.

  • Wine Bottle Garden Border
    These used wine bottles make a sparkling garden edging.
    Photo By Blythe McManus

  • Wine Bottle Garden Border

I had an idea to recycle wine bottles into a border in my garden. I asked friends and neighbors to save their empty bottles for me, which created community involvement and generated much interest in the project.

When I had enough bottles collected to install the border, I first marked out the design in the soil and laid out the bottles on the ground so I could arrange them in a way I found appealing. Next, I dug a trench about 8 inches deep. I upended the bottles and buried them bottom-side up to create the eye-catching border.

Different sizes work fine; the larger ones can be used for corners or accent pieces, and varying colors can be mixed together to create visual interest.

Many people ask whether the border was affected by the freezing and thawing associated with weather changes, but the bottles have now come through five winters with no trouble.

Blythe McManus
Hagerstown, Maryland

Angel B
10/22/2019 8:13:04 AM

What about “cloudiness”? Will the temps outside or dirt affect the interior of the bottles? Or do you cork them or seal opening in any way? I have been collecting and now this concern is holding me up... lol

B. Frank
1/16/2013 8:17:21 PM

I've been doing this for the past 8 years, no fires. I got the idea from a restaurant herb garden 10 years ago. It's a great idea. The glass has never broken!

1/11/2013 4:34:00 PM

wow this is the worst possible thing to promote I mean seriously for so many reasons from "wow glass breaks" to the simple fact that glass in the garden in the sunshine in the summer can start a fire just not a good idea people.

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