Mosaic Wine Bottle Planter

By Ainsley Despain

Mosaic Wine Bottle

Most succulents can be repotted in early spring, and with this do-it-yourself project, indoor gardening just got greener. One hundred percent of a glass bottle can be recycled without losing any properties of the glass, but rather than simply recycling your wine bottles, consider repurposing one to create a one-of-a-kind plant container.

MaterialsMosaic Wine Bottle

Wine bottle
Glass cutter
Safety goggles
Gallon bag
Super glue
Mod Podge
Cork or rubber stubs
Small rocks
Potting soil


  1. Draw an oval lengthwise along the front of the wine bottle with a sharpie.
  2. Put on your safety goggles. Use the glass cutter to score the bottle following the black line. The glass is thick, so you will need to go over the line a few times until you create a small track.
  3. Place the wine bottle in the gallon bag and close it. I would suggest going outside on a grassy area for this next step.
  4. With the wine bottle still in the plastic bag, hit it with the hammer. One firm hit should shatter the bottle. Try to keep the pieces as big as possible.
  5. Take out the biggest pieces first and super glue them back together, adding the smaller pieces to fill in the holes creating the mosaic look. Be sure to leave out any pieces from the inside of the circle where your plants will be. If a piece didn’t break along the line and you have excess glass, hit that piece individually to make it smaller.
  6. Let dry 30 minutes.
  7. The edges will be uneven so use sandpaper to smooth them out.
  8. Coat the bottle with Mod Podge to seal the cracks and keep the bottle shiny.
  9. If you still have the cork, you can cut it in half and glue the pieces to each side of the bottle to keep it from rolling. You can also use two marbles or two stick-on rubber stubs.
  10. When using the bottle for planting, make sure to place a layer of small rocks or pebbles at the bottom so the roots don’t sit in water. Any plant you use should have shallow roots and need minimal watering.

Once your mosaic wine bottle planter is complete, you should be able to repot your shallow-root plants and display them in your windowsill to enjoy all summer long.

If you prefer a smooth edge design, use the glass cutter to score the bottle, but instead of shattering with a hammer, set the bottle on a towel in the kitchen sink and alternately pour boiling and ice water over the scored line until the glass separates. Sand the raw edges. Be sure to wear safety glasses.


Ainsley is a writing intern with a bachelor’s degree in communication, and she looks forward to becoming a full-time writer.

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  1. Hi there this projectis very unique. And my question is the glass cutter, what kind is suitable? What I meant was eclecttonic or manually?


      1. Thank you for your reply. I tried to score it with a glass cutter but when I pour hot boiling water then icy cold water on it. The bottle break outside the scoring line. Is there any specific brand of glass cutter would recommend for me to try.
        Thank you.

        1. The Toyo glass cutter is a great brand as well as many others. Glass cutting can take a couple of trial and errors before getting the result you want. It is important to find the method that works best for you.

  2. The picture you posted does not look like what you describe in your instructions. It does not look like you made an oval and scored the bottle with a glass cutter. Then broke the bottle and glued the pieces back together.

    It looks like one cut was made on the side of the bottle while the rest of the bottle is intact with no sign of being broken.

    I want to know what tool wa made to make that single cut.

    1. Hi Lori,

      A glass cutter was used make the cut in the middle of the bottle. This picture does not display it, but even when using a glass cutter you do not always get a clean single cut. Therefore, if the bottle does break when trying to remove the single circle cut there are directions provided to turn it into a mosaic planter.

  3. I’ve cut glass at an industrial level (8-13 hours a day), all thicknesses. 3/3″-1″ thick. You NEVER score a cut twice…once is enough. You double score, it will not break out. Also, dip your cutter in mineral oil to allow for a smoother score line, apply steady pressure and do it all in one score.

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