With the British gobbling up 75 million bottles of the juniper drink each year, gin is well on its way to becoming an island favorite. But searching through all these bottles means a lot of recycling, but instead of filling the trash can, some creatives are using their empties to make beautiful home accessories.
The British are fully on the train for sustainable living and have looked at Tik-Toks and found inspiration and tips on Pinterest on how to turn a normal everyday object – like an empty gin bottle – into something beautiful when people are looking for thrift Ways to liven up your home decor.
And decorative gin bottles are in great demand with the crafting community, which eBay is scouring for cheap second-hand bottles for their upcycling projects. The search queries for “ideas for empty gin bottles” have increased by 433% compared to the pre-pandemic.
Here are five ways to make money from bottles of gin:
- Sell the empty bottles
- Light it up
- A flower arrangement
- Get scrubbed
- Scent for days
Sell the empty bottles
This is the easiest way to make a bit of extra cash as all you have to do is have a good time with the gin, wash the bottle well with soap and drop it off on eBay. You probably won’t top up what you paid for the bottle of gin and selling it on eBay will cost you 10% of the final transaction value, including taxes and postage, but if you put a few together, you can make a decent chunk of money from artisans that they want to use for their own projects.
But how much can you expect? Well, Lifestyle Packaging data analysts have determined the average eBay resale price for 120 popular and artisanal bottles of gin and compared that to their MSRP. The results are pretty impressive.
The tip of the tips is Mermaid Pink Gin with its stunningly structured blush bottle. The average selling price on eBay for an empty bottle of this strawberry flavored gin is quite expensive £ 38 at £ 11.98, which gives you 31% cashback per bottle.
In second place is the best-selling gin in the world, Gordon’s London Dry Gin. With a retail price of £ 15.50 for 70cl, eBay sellers can get an average of 30% of the RRP back per bottle – £ 4.65. Surely there must be an almost empty one in your house bar.
The Eden Mill Golf Gin with its eye-catching green bottle ranks third in terms of resale value. Popular with golf and gin fans alike, this decorative and unique looking bottle sells for an average of £ 8.82 on eBay – that’s 29% of the £ 30 retail price.
That’s not bad at all for something you would normally throw away.
Light it up
Upcycling is a great way to make extra cash, and you can really make more than the value of the bottle of gin that way. Once the bottle is nice and clean and dry, buy some cheap battery powered fairy lights and stick them in the bottle. The twinkling lights provide atmospheric lighting all year round, but it looks especially festive at Christmas.
To stick with the lighting, there are many different decorative light bulbs on the market that are very inexpensive and allow you to turn the bottle into a lamp. This takes a little more work than the string of lights, which requires you to drill a hole in the side of the bottle for the light’s cord to thread through, but a quick google should be all you need to try it out.
These lightbulbs look great on their own, but if you’re looking for a different look, you can add a lampshade at the top, which means you can make something that goes with your decor but with a cool twist. To make things even cheaper and more sustainable, this works great when you have a lampshade lying around that you aren’t already using.
However, if all of that is too much of a job, you can buy USB glow corks for less than £ 10 on Amazon and all that’s left to do is plug it in. Simple.
If you don’t want to keep these items to yourself, you can sell your creations on the Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and the Etsy handmade treasure trove.
A flower arrangement
If you’re looking for the perfect vase but can’t find one you love in the stores, you’ve come to the right place with your empty gin bottle. After washing, you can put in some freshly picked flowers from your garden and there you have them, a brand new vase. The gin bottle will look just as beautiful with a few fake flowers if you don’t have that green thumb, and they’ll last forever and save you money in the long run.
If you really want to make sure the new gin bottle vase goes with your interior decor, if you don’t care too much about the actual gin, give the bottle a color that matches your color scheme and style – Losing bottle color. The designs are endless too, just use your imagination, stencils, appliqués, or even a color design if you have a steady hand, but make sure you add a primer before starting with the paint of your choice to make it professional to design. looking done.
Again, take a look at the resale pages to see what other people are selling and you can join them with your own creative business.
Using an empty gin bottle in the bathroom gives you so many ways to spice up the room and is very convenient too. After the bottles have been thoroughly cleaned, they can be made into shampoo or soap dispensers to give your bathroom a unique look – but make sure your visitors know that the gin has been completely drunk and is now being used for something else! All you have to do is buy an inexpensive pump in the finish of your choice, fill the bottle with your desired liquid, screw on the pump and you’re done.
This idea can make a stunning addition to a bathroom whether you are keeping it to yourself or selling it as they represent such a unique design idea. They are very popular on Etsy, so check them out there and see if you can make some money selling your creations.
Scent for days
Reed diffusers can be very expensive, but they smell great. Using an empty gin bottle as a fragrance atomizer is a great way to use an item that would normally be thrown away, although this works best with smaller bottles. There are a few additional items that you need to purchase first, such as: B. a pack of reed diffusers which are very inexpensive, sweet almond oil and essential oils in any scent you like.
The amount of oil you will need depends entirely on the size of the bottle you have. Hence, once you’ve chosen your bottle, it’s best to have a google. Once the right mixture has been poured in, sit back and smell the lovely new scent that fills your room. Again, you have to decide whether to sell it or keep it to yourself, either way you’ve created a pretty item that will brighten up any room.
So, get creative and you can make some extra cash for all of the Christmas gifts that you need to buy.
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