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When you enjoy vino, you're bound to collect a custom wine bottle or two. But rather than just throwing the bottles away when you're done, they can become a great item for crafts that fit well into many kitchen and decor themes. They can even be recycled into great gifts or as merchandise you can sell online, complete with personalized wine labels that can bear a message.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Olive oil pourers sound dull at first, but many times these fancy bottles show up around the holidays for gifts. Filled with aromatics and herbs these make great centerpieces and with a little research, you can turn them into flavorful infused olive oils that your friends can use while cooking. Lighter colored or clear bottles work best to properly showcase the contents. Just be sure that, once it's sealed with a cork, it's left in a dark place for a few days to set.

You can add in a variety of herbs and spices, such as cinnamon sticks, springs of rosemary, thyme or lavender, and even colorful red and yellow peppers for a bold touch! If you make a recipe to be used, consider adding unique wine labels so that people will know what's inside or if just for show you can leave it bare for a contemporary look.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

For any painters, make these bottles into a unique canvas with glass paint. Brands such as Delta or Pebeo feature paints specifically for glass that have a higher transparency to allow light to shine through and many can be baked in the oven for a permanent finish. So if you come across a distinctive custom wine bottle consider what your paint skills can make it into!

Wine bottles can also be made into a container for potpourri, especially if it's of a wider mouthed variety. Simply fill it with any of a smaller sized potpourri (to avoid having to break up the potpourri) and flourish with bows, unique wine labels, label tags, or whatever else suits your fancy. You can then add in several drops of scented or fragrance oils to make it more potent, or to 'revive' the potpourri once it begins to dry out.

Vases aren't a new idea when it comes to wine bottle crafts, but with water beads you can add a distinctive touch to the floral arrangements you place in them! Water beads add a colorful and creative flair while also being great to put cut flowers or even bamboo into. With a variety of colors, you can even select them to better match the tint of the glass or the flowers themselves. You can also purchase a quality glass or tile cutter and cut the necks of the bottles off to make a wider mouth for the container.

So don't just throw your wine bottles away, recycle them and turn them into great gifts for friends and family! It's sure to be a unique (and surprisingly inexpensive) present idea for your next birthday or holiday.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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