I’m sure like me you have all had beautiful perfume bottles sitting around after they’ve been emptied and it just seems like a waste to dispose of them some are so pretty. So while cleaning the other day it struck me that a few simple tweaks would make them the perfect desk vase or window sill display glass. A perfect display piece for those lovely hand pick singular flowers the little ones love to present you with.

 


Material

  • 1 Empty perfume bottle
  • 1 Safety goggles
  • 1 Gloves
  • 1-3 Combination of hand tools you are comfortable using ie. spanner, wrench, screw driver, heat gun

Method

  1. As we're handling glass I highly recommend wearing the goggles and gloves for any unexpected breakages. As yet I haven't struck a fragile piece but better safe than sorry!
  2. Pick any perfume bottle that takes your fancy and once emptied prepare to have your new favourite vase. The one I've posted pictures of here had one metal name plate on one side and the standard spray nozzle. I used the heat gun (or hair dryer if you're in a pinch) for only a couple of minutes directly over the metal plate. Used a flat head screw driver to push at the edges to see if the glue was loosening up. Once I felt it give, I put the heat gun aside and simply lifted the plate off with minimal effort using the screw driver for leverage.
  3. Wash the outside with warm soapy water to remove any remaining glue then dry before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Using long nose pliers I pulled the spray nozzle part of the perfume bottle out.
  5. This left a crimped metal part which sat of the neck of the perfume bottle. If you had a strong thin piece of metal I think you would be able to prise it off by slowly working your way around it rim. I didn't so I used a small monkey wrench (with a piece of rag over the metal to cushion it) and the slowly alternated between twisting and pulling at the metal till it wore thin in one part and allowed me to get the screw driver under its edge to push it off.
    It would be a case of the better tools you have the simpler the job, but I persevered and got there in the end :)
    With any part of the handling of this glass I say use a firm grip but do not exert too much pressure with the wrenches etc as a crack would be to easy to achieve. On one of my attempts right on the rolled lip of the glass I chipped a piece off, as I didn't want to waste the bottle just from having a risky sharp point I simple grabbed a piece of sandpaper (grade P80) and buffed it till the edge was smooth and soft to touch.

Notes... This is an adults only project but the end result can be enjoyed by all. I currently use mine on the office desk at work as well as in the home and have found it to be a simple but cheery way to brighten up my space. Best of all I get extra enjoyment from a favourite fragrance as well as a reminder of the person who bought it for me (if it was a gift) each time I look at my flowers. Have fun with it and enjoy for yourself.

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  • mom70050
    • 15 Oct 2014
      2:14 pm

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  • These is adorable would make a great gift

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  • teaching kids to reuse!

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  • Love the idea it’s very simple and elegant

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  • You would only be able to put a few flowers in it though

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  • How creative. Great use of perfume bottles. Love it

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  • Got to love a great recycling project. Thank you for sharing.

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  • I do have some empty perfume bottles around. Not sure if any are pretty enough for this

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  • Love up-cycling things and this one is definitely top of my list.

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  • To think of all the old perfume bottles I’ve thrown out (all be it to recycling bin). Guess I’ll give this a try when my next bottle is empty.

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  • I have so many empty bottles this will be perfect for a vase or too in the bathroom! Thanks.

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  • Omg I love this! I can’t wait to do this

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  • Fantastic idea it looks great!

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  • i love recycling glass bottles…this looks so so cute.

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  • Nothing like reusing for value – they could equally be used as interesting pieces once decorated for a sideboard or ledge!

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  • yes this is a fun idea. you did provide a lot of tips and explanation

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