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Recycling ideas for empty perfume bottles

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Pretty perfume bottles can be a tricky bunch. They can easily grab shoppers' attention, but when the fragrance doesn't match the appeal of the fragrance bottle, it's a complete downer. But what a welcome surprise when the perfume smells as pleasing as the design. However, after the perfume is gone, what should one do with the bottle?

Most people may throw the bottles out. The green crowd will drop the glass or plastic bottles off into a recycling bin. And some consumers will keep the bottles for decoration. But why not actually put old perfume bottles to use? Here are a few ideas.

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Flower vase
Flower vase David Livingston/Getty Images

Flower vase

Perfume bottles with thin necks may make cool flower bottles. Just make sure there's enough room for the flower stem(s) and water. This is great decor for both the home and the office.

Incense holder
Incense holder Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Incense holder

Incense sticks tend to be thin, and many brands can stand up on their own. But a clean perfume bottle makes a cool incense holder. Make sure the bottle is totally clean though because this can end up being a flammable craft if not done correctly.

Candy dish
Candy dish Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Candy dish

Refer to this video for ways to cut glass bottles. Fat perfume bottles make adorable candy dishes, and if cut correctly, they're easy to open, fill up with candy and refill as needed.

Lotion bottles
Lotion bottles Rob Loud

Lotion bottles

Take notes from perfume manufacturers who make perfume lotion, as well as perfume liquid. When the perfume lotion bottle is empty, figure out whether it'd be easier to purchase the perfume in bulk and just add perfume inside the plastic container as needed. Or, if the bottle has an open top, pour lotion inside.

Paintbrush holder
Paintbrush holder China Photos/Getty Images

Paintbrush holder

Similar to the incense holder, this can turn into a flammable craft if the bottle is not cleaned out correctly. If it is, use the perfume bottle to hold paintbrushes or makeup brushes. Or, use the container for paintbrush cleaner and use while painting.

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