Glass Bottle Recycle - Seashell bottle with vintage doily

This post is dedicated to my husband, who put up with all of my glass bottles taking up his garage space 🙂 I’m sure he’s happy that I’ve finally cleared out some of the bottles. Plus, I no longer have to hear him say, “What are you going to do with these bottles?”.

Thankfully, inspiration finally struck when I created a Vintage Doily Bohemian Dream Catcher. The mix of the vintage doily, ribbons, and the boho look inspired me to create Seashell Bottles to help accent the dream catcher display. Today, I’m sharing how I recycled a large Costco Tequila bottle into a decorative seashell bottle.

Seashell Bottle 1

Sea shell bottle with doily completed

This bottle had printing along the side and front that could not be removed, so I created a way to hide those areas.


  • Glass bottle
  • seashell
  • burlap
  • crochet doily
  • ribbon (at least two colors)
  • burlap ribbon w/crochet accent
  • hot glue
  • clear drying craft glue
  • twine
  • fabric pen or light highlighter pen
  • scissors
  • toothpick (optional)


Sea shell bottle burlap placement

The directions are in the order that I would follow if I made this bottle again. The images are not in the order I followed when I made it.
Place the bottle on burlap and trace around it. Cut it out. The burlap cut out will need to be shaped with scissors until it is the right size to fit onto the front of the bottle. For a frayed look, remove some of the threads along each edge of the cut-out. It may be necessary to trim the frayed edges further. Once you get the shape and frayed edges you like, use the clear drying glue to glue down the cut-out.

Sea shell bottle cap

Use hot glue to glue burlap lace ribbon to the sides of the bottle. Check the edges of the burlap lace ribbon and add more glue to any areas that are not fully glued down to the bottle.  Set the bottle aside.  Next, use the hot glue to add twine to the bottle cap. Start at the bottom edge of the cap and continue to glue the twine around the cap until the entire cap is covered. Set aside.

Wrap twine on Sea Shell Bottle

Glue twine vertically on the neck of the bottle. Then wrap the twine around the neck until the bottom lip of the neck is reached. Cut and glue the end down. To finish the bottle neck, use clear drying glue to attach ribbon to the top of the bottle neck.

Ribbon through doily

Here is a “do as I say and not as I do” moment.  Thread* ribbon through the center of the doily. Cut the ends, glue together with clear glue and hide the glued ends under the doily.  Repeat these steps for the inner circle of the doily with a different colored ribbon. Then glue the entire doily onto the front of the bottle.

*I glued one of the ribbon ends to a toothpick to make it easier to thread through the doily.


Place the cap onto the glue . Use a generous amount of hot glue onto the top of the cap and place a shell on it. Hold in place until the glue is dry enough to hold the shell in place.

Seashell bottle with vintage doily

Check back next Tuesday for more seashell bottle recycle ideas.

How do you recycle your glass bottles?

Want to make a bohemian dream catcher too? Find instructions here.

Vintage Doily Bohemian Dream Catcher

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  1. I love the beach, and it is my bathroom decor! I love the idea of recycling old bottles and making beautiful crafts like these. I will definitely give it a try!

  2. I love seeing the different ways you can repurpose glass bottles. These look amazing! Thanks so much for the idea.

  3. You did such a wonderful job upcycling these bottles! And I love the dream catcher, so I featured your wonderful projects at this week’s Submarine Sunday Link Party!!! Thanks for linking up!

  4. I LOVE what you’ve done to the bottles! Great upcycle! And the dream catcher is lovely as well! Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  5. I absolutely love this! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for bringing such a masterpiece to our party. I hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  6. These bottles are gorgeous. I love the combination of burlap and twine. Do you sell these? I bet you can. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  7. I have one of those husbands too – but he has learned not to toss anything without asking first! Love this bottle the best I think! What a great idea to run some ribbon through the doily! The dream catcher is so lovely too, such great color combos, calming and soothing with a glimpse of the sea in the shells. Thanks for sharing the lovely inspiration with us at the creative challenge!

  8. Thank you for giving such precise instructions. I am the kind of person who needs a step by step, so I appreciate that. These are really a good way to use up bottles. Great upcycle!

  9. These are so pretty! I have a stash of bottles that my husband keeps grumbling about, and I could use some new ideas for them. This summer has been so busy, but hopefully I’ll have more crafting time when school starts. 🙂

  10. I love the soft ocean hues you’ve chosen for this collection of shells. Just beautiful!

  11. These are beautiful, Erlene, what a great way to recycle bottles! We just got rid of tons of glass jars and bottles because we were de-cluttering since we’re moving this week. I’ll keep this in mind when I start collecting more bottles again. Pinning 🙂

  12. These are awesome! I love the detailed instructions too. Pinned for a rainy day project 🙂