Hooked or Hate It: Recycled Beer-Bottle Chandeliers

by hookedonhouses on October 7, 2009

beer bottle chandelier-Tabby Inc

This unique beer bottle chandelier from Barlite.com wins points for creativity and resourcefulness–not to mention for recycling. They’ve been making bottle chandeliers for over 10 years, but suddenly there are versions of them popping up all over the place. Here’s a wine-bottle chandelier from Pottery Barn, for example:


I’ve even seen wine-glass chandeliers and bottle candelabras. Seems like everyone is trying to find ways of putting liquor and lighting together.


What do you think? Are you hopping on the bottle bandwagon?

P.S. Are they curtains or drapes? Is it a sofa or a couch? Designer Miles Redd (who prefers the term “decorator,” actually) has some interesting opinions on the topic. Kristin over at Boulevard Interior Design has the scoop!

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the BLAH BLAH BLAHger October 7, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Wow, lots of haters out there! I think they’re both FAB, but obviously need to go in an appropriate location! : )
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living with lindsay October 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

They are in every Tex Mex restaurant in Texas…so obviously they make me want to eat queso.
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Trish@TheOldPostRoad October 7, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Pwew -wee ! It suddenly smells like a Frat house in here!

Lindsay is right – they could be cool in a Mexican restaurant. Near a window or door.
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Susan October 7, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Julia, those are a hoot! You know what I want to make? A bottle tree! Have you ever seen one of those? If I can ever figure out how to get my HP all in one printer, to scan…I have a pic of a bottle tree that I’m just dying to share on BNOTP…it’s my inspiration…if I ever create one. :-) Thanks for showing these!
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Julie M. October 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Mmmm…well..I guess they would go with the sawed off beer bottle drinking glasses that came with the bungalow we rescued and moved….

: )

Julie M.
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Heidi October 7, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Hi Julia,
Well, I’m sorry – but those “chandeliers” are just WRONG, in so many ways. At least to me. I can’t imagine one of those anyplace but a pub, which would be okay I guess, cause at least then I’d be drinking and not notice them as much…..( and I don’t drink, but I’d be forced to if there was one of those hanging over my head!!) :)
There’s always something new and umm…interesting to see here at your site! Thanks for looking for this stuff to show us!
Hope you’ll stop by for a visit soon.
Heidi – Heart and Home
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Janell Beals October 7, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I just can’t stand them, no redeeming qualities in my mind…oh, except the recycling part. But wait, isn’t that why I’m given a recycling bin that gets picked up once a week?!
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Paula Grace October 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I do like the wine one in the right place ~ like over a wine bar. Yes, Kristin has the scoop. Love those pics too. I’m joining your party on Friday! See you then.
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Jocelyn Stott October 8, 2009 at 12:50 am

I’m just not feeling these – HOWEVER, they COULD maybe look cool in the right setting…but that is a big maybe for me.
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Jennifer October 8, 2009 at 1:05 am

I had only seen this phenomenon last week at a Mexican Cafe. The chandelier was made from empty Corona bottles and I thought how clever it was. I wouldn’t want one in my home but it looked pretty good in the cafe.
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Why S? October 8, 2009 at 1:39 am

Yeah, they’re probably ok in a cafe or pub but for my home? Even if I found the right place, I’d probably tire of it quickly and at Pottery Barn prices, I can’t have that.
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Dagny @ Beautiful Living October 8, 2009 at 2:28 am

I don’t know if I’d want it in my house, but I actually think the wine bottle chandelier is beautiful :)
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Puna October 8, 2009 at 5:52 am

I don’t like the first chandelier but I can live with the second in my bar. They do kind of fall into the “trying too hard” category. Fun though! Thanks Julia!
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pk October 8, 2009 at 6:04 am

While I give them props for creativity, I absolutely can’t stand the beer bottle chandelier. (not that I have a strong opinion on it or anything :-)). Not sure I would actually BUY the Pottery Barn one, but it appeals to me in a way. Have a good day Julia!
pk @ room remix
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The Blushing Hostess October 8, 2009 at 6:29 am

I really, really hate this. My housemates in college would have created something along these lines when then stumbled home at night. No dice… and thinking of that… right up with fuzzy dice. Let’s never speak of this again, you and I :)
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Annie@A View on Design October 8, 2009 at 7:02 am

well I don’t drink any alcohol, so it probably doesn’t mean that much to me personally, but overall, I think the first pic is pretty bad, but the 2nd one has merit, don’t think I’d ever do it tho – I’d have no empty bottles lying around anyways! lol
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Amanda @ Serenity Now October 8, 2009 at 7:06 am

Hmmm….I think it might be okay if you had a little pub area in your basement or something. Or maybe a smaller, tamer outdoor version. I don’t think I could handle it in my kitchen….Points for creativity though. :)
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Janet October 8, 2009 at 7:24 am

I like them for a bar or game room. I think they would be kind of tacky in the dining room or kitchen. They are very creative.
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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions October 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

I think something like this would be best used in a winery, wine tasting room – for the wine bottle one. The beer one ~ the only place I could think of was a frat house.

Patti October 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

You need another selection – “kinda cool in the right location.” LOL

Kristin@Bouelvard Interior Design October 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

Love them both. I knew I’d be in the minority on this one before I even voted. I’ve done so many “man caves” that I can now play 5 card Stud with the best of them. The beer chandy over a gorgeous custom poker table would be fab. Love the eco friendly aspect… it is a total win win. There are beautiful wine bottle designs out there and I think in a tasting room the wine bottle fixture would be fantastic. What, y’all don’t have tasting rooms? Well, neither do I, but my clients do. I like the wine bottle chandy in a dining room overlooking some vines. What, you don’t have your own vineyard? LOL Neither do I, nor does any of my East coast clientele. I think the PB vignette is really nicely done. I’d take the chandy if it came with the view out that window.

Eileen October 8, 2009 at 8:13 am

Ooooh! HOOKED on the second picture! The first chandelier? Not so much!

Great post!
All the best,
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isa October 8, 2009 at 8:33 am

I’m in the minority, too – I love that first one – I think it’s creative and would look fabulous in some of the outdoor kitchens out here in coastal so cali. The light going through it is great. I think it’s much more interesting than the pottery barn one (yawn). If you pick it apart and think beer bottles – yeah, ew, but as an art installation – I seriously like it. (but not in my house haha)
xo Isa
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SueLovesCherries October 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

Never seen ‘em before; but, I never looked for them either! I like the beer one because of the long necks and being upside down.
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Janelle October 8, 2009 at 8:55 am

The beer one might work in a bar or a bachelor apartment (with irresponsible roommates, not a single successful man). I could see the wine bottle chandeliers in a really nice Italian restaurant — the soft color could add ambiance to the lighting.

Lauren @ pure style home October 8, 2009 at 8:56 am

haha i think there’s definitely a time & place for any of these… not necessarily in my dining room! but I do love them- they’re fun & different. I could totally picture the beer bottles in a mancave bar in a basement.. or the wine bottles at a wine bar in a house or commercial restaurant….

fun fun!!
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Thriftydecorchick October 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

I love them too! There’s a beer chandy at our favorite mexican place and EVERY time we go I tell hubby one is going in our basement. In the right space I think they are super cool. (Read: bar, game room, basement, wine room…)

janice October 8, 2009 at 9:05 am

I’m afraid I hate them. Just looking at the photos makes me think of the smell of stale beer and wince at the thought of being dripped on. All psychological, I know. my favourite use for wine bottles is to have them professionally cut and safety buffed to make glasses. It’s a great way to turn the wine and champagne bottles from special events into lifelong memories.
.-= janice´s last blog ..Berries and Birds =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints October 8, 2009 at 9:06 am

Hate the first one. Loved the last 2 pics. We don’t drink, so there is that…but it does cast a pretty glow:)
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Lisa October 8, 2009 at 10:04 am

They would be totally appropriate in a wine tasting room, or a pub or anywhere a person enjoys to imbibe in a few drinks.

Fun, not stuffy and really, quite the conversation starter!
We really need to not take ourselves so seriously all the time….
my thoughts only..
coastal nest
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Pat October 8, 2009 at 10:08 am

Not my taste so to speak!
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Billy October 8, 2009 at 10:19 am

Does anybody look good in pea green light?

Kathy :) October 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

LOL Julia :) I see I am in the 60 %

Oh my…..I don’t have “the vision” I guess….

Although I give them…. a thumbs up for originality !!!

Good luck bunny hunting…..
xo Kathy :)

greenie October 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

Ugh…Tacky, tacky, tacky.
If you want to see beautiful “recycled” chandeliers, look to Stella McCartney’s created with old plastic bottles. They are stunning!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog October 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

Um, I think there is a place (not in my house) for each.
I can imagine the beer bottle version as a quirky touch to a basement bar/ pool area.
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Kim @ Forever Wherever October 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

The beer one would be nice for a patio bar area, but I think the wine bottles are neat! I’m not really a fancy light person, and I think these show a little character. Great find!

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DesignTies October 8, 2009 at 3:48 pm

One word — NO!!

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Melissa October 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Maybe if I were 21 & it was in my boyf’s apartment? Yeah, then I’d think it was super cool. Now, no way.
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Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas October 8, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Not my personal taste…but I do think they would appeal to a bachelor pad or basement den :)
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cristin @ simplified bee October 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm

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Christi at A Southern Life October 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I kind of like them. They are certainly a conversation piece!

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Struggler October 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Not really keen on these, unless maybe you own a winery and could do bottles in a casual, outdoor dining area. But the beer makes me think ‘Men Behaving Badly!’.
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Condo Blues October 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm

The nearby chain Mexican restaurant has a beer bottle chandelier like photo #1 in there bar area. Interesting idea but I think it’s best left there (in the bar.)

As for the wine glass chandelier I have to vote yes. But I’m biased. I made one and have it hanging in my guest room http://condo-blues.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-to-make-wine-glass-chandelier.html
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Jill in Ohio October 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

We saw this at one of the local parade of homes houses, in a basement, over a card table. I thought it was cool. However this older couple in front of me said that it looked like something from their college frat days. The house had a wine bottle chandelier. I think it’s a neat idea and adds color to a room without much effort.

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