What to Do with Old Perfume Bottles-Reuse Empty Perfume Bottles

what to do with old perfume bottles

Throwing away a precious old perfume bottle is always heartbreaking. Nothing sadder than an empty bottle. It’s the end of an adventure with your fragrance.

How to revive them, put them back on stage, or even give them a second life?

Sometimes perfume bottles are works of art, it would be a shame to throw them away. Moreover, it is not an ecological disaster, but almost.

We offer you some ideas to give a new user what to do with old perfume bottles that you no longer use. Thus, you can give a personal and original touch to home decoration.

Old perfume bottles and colognes are often thrown away or deposited in the glass recycling bin, when in fact they could be used to create original and beautiful decorative objects.

If you like to collect bottles of all kinds, you may have many different empty old perfume bottles stored at home that you have been buying or giving away. If this is the case and you don’t know what to do with old perfume bottles?

Don’t worry. Here we will give you some ideas so that you can take advantage of the empty boats and give them a new life, as a decorative element.

What to Do with Old Perfume Bottles?

There are many things we can with old perfume bottles that can make our home environment more beautiful.

Old perfume bottles  and Cologne bottles

Cologne bottles are eye-catching objects that, depending on the brand or the quality of the perfume, can be one way or another.

Therefore, they can be reused and become great home decorations. Also, there is nothing more pleasant than turning something “old” into something “new”, and even more so if you do it with your own hands. Here are a few tips that you can use for old empty perfume bottles. 

Ideas for Turning Perfume Bottles into Ornaments

Perfume Bottles into Ornaments

Antique perfume bottles have a very feminine air that comes in handy to decorate dressers and bathrooms.

To turn old perfume bottles into ornaments, you just have to detail them and let your imagination run wild. What color has? Which shape has? What would it combine with? Do you want to wear them together, collection type or separately in specific places?

Then, you can think about what you would like to do with old perfume bottles, where to wear them, how to personalize them and so, little by little, you will establish a procedure and a goal in your mind.

Don’t worry if, in the beginning, after thinking of several alternatives, you discard several. The important thing is that you take your time to decide what to do with old perfume bottles and how to take advantage of it, with the elements that you already have and those that you could get.

In case you’ve run out of ideas, don’t worry. Next, we are going to present some so that you can put them into practice.

Also, think that with these original crafts you will not only be getting involved in the decoration of the house, but you will also be able to take advantage of elements that, otherwise, you would not use.

Perfume Bottles as Vases

Perfume Bottles as Vases

One of the easiest ways to use empty perfume bottles as decoration items is to transform them into flower vases or vases. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  • Select the part you want to modify.
  • Remove the cap and, if included, your vaporizer.
  • Introduce inside the flowers that you like the most. However, remember to take into account the size of the hole in the can.
  • Add water to keep them fresh for longer.

Another option, if you don’t want to put natural flowers or there are people allergic to pollen at home, is to put dried flowers to last as long as you want.



Whenever the jar allows it, you can make small terrariums incorporating stones, sand or figures to decorate them.

If you want to use flowers, use artificial ones so you don’t have to worry about their care. However, another possibility is to add water and create an underwater terrarium.

As you can see, there are multiple ideas to compose terrariums. In this way and with small gestures, you will be able to create different and unique environments at home.

Home Air Freshener

Perfume Bottle as Home Air Freshener

If you are one of those people who like the house to always smell clean. It is best to take advantage of old perfume bottles and reuse them as air fresheners in the form of fine sticks.

In fact, a proposal developed by several students from the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana defends the creation of organic air fresheners to avoid the toxic gases released by industrial flavorings.

Old Perfume bottles and cologne bottles can be reused in different ways to make decorative items.

For this reason, we will teach you how to create an air freshener with a few materials that exude a natural and continuous smell. To do this, you will need:

  • Water
  • Alcohol
  • Essential oil (to taste).
  • Rattan sticks or bamboo chopsticks.


Prepare the mixture in a glass bowl or jar.

Then add two parts of alcohol to one part of water and then add a few drops of essential oil.

You can incorporate if you want pieces of lemon or orange peel, or if you prefer some aromatic herbs of lavender, rosemary, thyme, or mint, for example.

Add it to the jar carefully (use a funnel if you see it necessary). Once inside, insert the chopsticks.

If you can’t find the ones that usually come with air fresheners in stores, you can get the toothpicks used to carve meat or to make skewers, and cut their tips.

Once inside, they will begin to permeate the wood and the smell created will emanate. However, remember to turn the chopsticks from time to time so that the fragrance is renewed and does not lose its aroma.

Perfume Bottles as Decoration

If you want them to be seen again in their maximum splendor, we give you some more ideas that are easy and striking.

  • You can fill the inside of the jars with colored water. To do this, you can use food dyes or dilute the paint that you like the most.
  • Another option is to paint the outside to give them a more personal touch.
  • Add sparkles, glitter, or pearls inside.
  • If you have a glue gun, glue strings, or colored balls to make them more original.

Modify the jars based on your tastes, home decor, or both (if possible). This way, you will enjoy the process even more. Although you can also opt for an eclectic decoration, in which nothing matches anything.

In any case, the important thing is that you free your imagination to turn something as simple (like those old perfume bottles) into true jewels of art.

Conclusion on How to Use Empty Old Perfume Bottles

Whatever the manipulations, a tip is to always clean your perfume bottle well beforehand with white vinegar. A new fashion is developing. It is recycling and also DIY, do it yourself or do it yourself in French. A rainy afternoon doesn’t necessarily mean macrame or patchwork. Let your creativity express itself, and above all do not throw away your precious empty old perfume bottles

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