I recently found a great recycle for those small beer, wine & cooler bottles. I've made some lovely small gifts for those occasions where you want to remember someone but don't want to spend a lot of money.
It began last February when I was looking for a Valentine for my grandling. He was 17 so the normal things wouldn't do. After I washed a brown beer bottle & removed the labels, I decorated it suitably for the occasion with painted hearts, I LOVE YOU's, etc. Then I filled it with M&M's. I found a small bag of them will fill the bottle & leave a small handful for me to munch on as I work. I tied a few strands of raffia around the top, added some colorful beads & corked the bottle. A little tag tied to the raffia finished it off. Grandson loved it but, since I mailed it off to him, I don't have a photo of it.
Instead, I have pics of some I've made since then. For those of you who don't have painting skills in your repertoire, don't dispair. I've found other ways to decorate as nicely.
The first bottle in the photo is one I painted with one stroke flowers. I glued a few flat backed gemstones to the flower centers for a bit of sparkle.
For the second, I cut butterfly printed paper into small squares & used Mod Podge to adhere them in an overlapping pattern. I tried to work it so most of the whole butterflies were showing. The tiny butterfly I found in my stash looks nice tied to the top with a gold cord.
Bottle three is a clear cooler bottle that I filled with jelly beans after I Mod Podged thin strips of foil gift wrap with a few punched pieces interspersed among them. Ribbon & beads for trim.
A coat of a light colored spray paint will give the bottle an entirely different, cheerier look. I did that for bottle four. Then I cut out flowers from tissue wrap & Mod Podged them in an overlapping manner.
The last is my lazy way bottle. I found underwater creature stick-ons that I just peeled & pressed to the bottle. Ribbon & beads again finished it.
If you check, some of the bottle openings are just the right size for a dime to slip thru. Decorated appropriately, it makes a fantastic gift for a newly expectant couple. Tag it with instructions for them to begin saving all of their dimes. They'll add up quickly if they can get the grandparents-in-waiting to join in. Open a bank account when it's full & refill until the baby is born. It will give a nice beginning for baby's future.
Everything here can also be done with larger wine bottles but I've not calculated how many bags of M&M's it would take to fill one so you're on your own there.