Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ideas for Repurposing Perfume Bottles

Over the past few years I’ve really begun to experiment with repurposing, trying to reduce our household waste and add some fun into our personal space. But even before my days of repurposing I’ve always had an affinity for glass bottles. One trip through my kitchen and you’ll quickly note an abundance of pretty oil containers and glass jars. The same holds true for my bathroom, which is quickly being overrun by perfume bottles I just can’t seem to part with. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the bottle is half the reason I try a specific perfume. So what can I do with all these bottles lining my sink (and my husbands?)

Repurposing ideas
Photo credit: Caro Wallis

Repurposing Perfume Bottles


Keep it fresh
Make a stately reed diffuser by adding your favorite aromatherapy oil and a few reed sticks. This is a great way to repurpose your bottle and keep your space smelling fresh. 


  • If your bottle has a spray mister try adding some fruit or flower essence and you have your own air freshener!

Refill it
Not all perfume bottles are the right size for decor, crafts, etc. If you’re like me you might have a favorite discount fragrance you purchased in a large size bottle. You can pour some of your favorite fragrance from the large bottle into a smaller one. This is great for travel or even for keeping on your vanity as a more convenient size.

  • Make your own bubble bath; place it in the bottle, cork the top, and add a nice piece or ribbon for a great looking tub display you’ll actually use.



A Unique Piece 
Put a little of your personal style into the bottle with a little paint. If you're crafty you can make a beautiful hand painted bottle for display or even a gift!

Photo Credit: Ines Maskell

  • Not a painter? Try filling your bottle with pebbles, colorful stones or even faux pearls to use as a paper weight in the office or just a pretty display piece.
  • It’s a perfume bottle, no wait, it’s a vase! Add some water and a fresh cut flower of two for your own unique vase.



Fun for the kids 
Use your old bottles for arts and craft time. Pick up a funnel and some colored stand to fill the bottles, for much less than a standard sand art kit at the store. With a little help from Mom or Dad kids' can even create some really chic ornaments for the Christmas tree – the way the light reflects of them is brilliant.


Do you repurpose items? Do you have any additional repurposing tips for perfume bottles? I certainly can use them all!

9 comments:

Robin Wilson said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have used a couple of old perfume bottles for bud vases, but really love the idea of using as reed diffuser or painting them. Sometimes I think the bottle is a large portion of the cost. They can be so beautiful.

Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are some pretty cool tips, especially since I've never thought about using them for anything else and have just thrown them away. I have had some pretty nice bottles also that looked great so I hated throwing them out. Thanks for the tips

Janet W. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What great tips - some I've never even thought of before! I will admit that I'm not really one to re use these types of bottles, though.

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what neat ideals,,I like old unusal bottles they are cute to display

Mer said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks for the ideas! I've got some gorgeous perfume bottles but can never think of anything to do with them.

Sherri L said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those are some great ideas! I am trying to do more repurposing rather than just tossing things so I am always up for new ideas

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Those are some neat ideas. I have some bottles I need to repurpose that I hadn't thought about what to do with.

ann said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very interesting to put an article in about repurposing perfume bottles. Most people throw them out, but some are just way to pretty to do that. Display a bunch of your favorite ones on a dresser. Thanks for all the great idea

ann said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Very interesting to put an article in about repurposing perfume bottles. Most people throw them out, but some are just way to pretty to do that. Display a bunch of your favorite ones on a dresser. Thanks for all the great idea

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