Decoration Ideas with Glass Bottles

-Monday, December 16, 2013

There are literally a million different ways to upcycle and repurpose glass bottles as decorations around the house, for your next party, or even your wedding. With years of experience in the packaging industry, we’ve seen our fair share of creative ideas and thought we’d share a few of our favorites with you.

Glass Bottle Decor

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1. Glass Bottles for Outdoor Lighting: We’ve seen DIYers and crafters use mason jars and glass bottles as outdoor lighting for years. One of our favorite ways is by adding citronella oil to the bottle, drilling a hole in the top of the lid, and stringing a wick through the top. Try clear and colored bottles for different effects. Other outdoor lighting ideas include adding string lights or tea candles to your glass bottles.

2. Glass Bottles as Terrariums: Technically speaking, a terrarium is an enclosed structure or area used for keeping plants for observation. When simulated on a smaller scale, terrariums are popular as decorations for both the home and office. To achieve a really great look, start by layering gravel in the bottom of your glass bottle, followed by a layer of dried moss, soil, and live moss. You’ll create a great statement piece, especially if you use a bottle with some architectural interest or curvature. 

3. Glass Bottles as Centerpieces: We love the idea of using glass bottles of varying sizes and shapes in a cluster as a centerpiece. You can fill the bottom of the glass bottles with sand and add a candle, wrap them in burlap and a bow for use as flower vases, or paint them any color you desire.

4. Glass Bottles as Indoor Lighting: One of the biggest trends in lighting right now is the use of old glass bottles as hanging pendant lighting. This can be accomplished in many different ways, but the easiest is by using a Mason-style jar and drilling a hole in the top, which allows you to run the lighting cable through the top. You can hang these individually or as a cluster for a chandelier effect.   

5. Glass Bottles as Kitchen Decorations: We’ve all seen old glass wine bottles repurposed as oil and vinegar sets or as dish detergent dispensers, but what about as unique storage containers? Collect glass bottles and paint their lids with chalkboard paint. The bottles make the perfect storage containers for a number of dry food goods and you can label and re-label until your heart's content. 

6. Glass Bottles as Party Decorations: Another widely popular trend is having a “candy-station” at your wedding reception, birthday party or event. To achieve this look on a budget, take old candle holders and paint them white, silver (or any other color that matches your theme) and affix glass jars or bottles to the top. Use bottles and candleholders of different sizes to achieve a staggered look. Fill them with colorful candy and you’ve got a fantastic candy-bar for your next event!  

7. Glass Bottles as Decorative Candleholders: Have a bunch of wine bottles that you don’t know what to do with? Love the label on your latest wine? Buy traditional taper candles and use the wine bottle as the holder, as the candle melts wax will drip down the side of the bottle creating a pretty visual. Continue to add candles over time and the wax will form a unique texture on the side of the bottle. Use different colors for a different effect.  

These are just a few of the decoration ideas we have seen for glass bottles over the years. Do you have ideas that we’re missing on this list? We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us on Facebook or Pinterest to share ideas. In the meantime, we encourage you to browse our new website to get some great ideas for your next project. From glass bottles to plastic bottles and jars, tins and cans to pumps and sprayers, we’ve got all your packaging needs covered at wholesale prices. 

Should you have any questions, you can contact us by calling customer service at 1-855-754-3728 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm CST, Monday thru Friday. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find the perfect packaging solution for your next DIY project or business packaging need. Connect today

How to Buy Glass Bottles and Jars at Wholesale Prices

-Monday, December 9, 2013

Maybe you read our Everything You Need to Know About Glass Bottles blog or perhaps you’re just a savvy business owner, hobbyist or DIYer that already understands the benefits of glass packaging. No matter how you ended up here, we’re happy you’re here and look forward to providing you with a step-by-step process for selecting and buying glass bottles for all your packaging needs.

Whether you’re searching for an amber colored glass beer bottle for your home brew, a clear mason-style jar for preserves, a glass growler bottle for your restaurant, or a cobalt blue Boston round for your aromatherapy company, our team at Packaging Options Direct understands the importance of packaging to your project or product. We can help you find the glass bottles that not only meet your needs, but that also exceed your expectations.

As you read further, you’ll find several steps that will help you in choosing the best glass bottles for your needs.

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How to Buy Glass Bottles Step 1: Determine Color, Size and Shape

Glass Bottle Color: Color can play an important role in the selection of your glass bottle, and it’s not only about good looks. For example, many brewers and restaurants prefer amber colored glass bottles because they are very successful at blocking out ultraviolet radiation, which can damage sensitive products like beer. Similarly, essential oils are generally packaged in amber or cobalt blue bottles for the same reason.

Glass Bottle Size: The size of your glass bottle is almost always determined by the amount of the contents you will be filling the bottle with. Always ensure you have double and triple checked your measurements. To help, you can use our Conversion Tool for measurement conversions. You’ll want to compare these measurements with the “Capacity” and “Overflow Capacity” measurements of the bottle you select. Capacity is the amount of space inside a container for a given amount of product. The normal volume (usually measured in ccs, mls, ounces, or grams) of a bottle, published in standard sizes used by industry. When a bottle is filled to standard capacity, the contents usually fill it up to its shoulder area. Overflow capacity, on the other hand, is the maximum capacity of the container to the top of the finish if it was filled to the very top.

Glass Bottle Shape: Shape is almost directly correlated with aesthetics and personal preference, although there are some common shapes associated with specific contents. You wouldn’t store pickles in a long neck liquor bottle or put perfume in a 3-gallon carboy. Not sure which shape is best for your product? Contact our knowledgeable packaging representatives for more information.  

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How to Buy Glass Bottles Step 2: Measure the Neck Opening

There are two basic measurements that you need to take into consideration when measuring the neck opening of your glass bottle: neck diameter and neck finish.

Neck Diameter: While there are many technical dimensions an engineer will define while designing a bottle, the neck diameter of a glass bottle can be found by taking the measurement across the top opening of the container from the outside of the threads. To get the best and most accurate measurement, we recommend using our neck measurement tool, which you can print, cut out, and use to find accurate neck diameters.

Neck Finish (Neck Height): The neck finish, sometimes called neck height, is the thread style for a bottle or cap; there are several common finishes.

  • 1 thread turn is a 400
  • 1.5 thread turn is a 410
  • 2 thread turns is a 415

If you are unsure of the neck diameter or neck finish that would be best suited for your application or need assistance matching closures with bottles or jars, contact our team at Packaging Options Direct to assist you today!

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How to Buy Glass Bottles Step 3: Determine The Quantity

At Packaging Options Direct, we do not have a minimum order; you can order as few or as many glass bottles as you need. However, the more bottles you order, the better price break we can give you. Some of our bottles are sold as individual pieces and some are sold via case. We also ship our containers using a reshipper carton, which can be reused to ship your containers once you’ve filled them. We believe this provides an unmatched added value to our customers. The number of bottles in a case fluctuates depending on the size of the bottle you’re ordering. You can find the number of pieces per case listed below the quantity and pricing descriptions of each bottle.

How to Buy Glass Bottles Step 4: Place Your Order

Once you’ve completed all the steps and you’re ready to place your order, our Packaging Options Direct website is fully equipped to make your ordering experience a breeze. Simply search the bottle or bottles you need and add them to your shopping cart. Be sure to view your shopping cart for accuracy. Should you have any questions, or team is always just a phone call or chat away. Be sure to enter your shipping and billing information, and any promotional codes you may have, and select “Purchase Now.” You’ll receive an order confirmation once your order has been submitted and processed by our customer service team. Once your order ships, you’ll receive a second email with the tracking number.

Do you have more questions about how to buy glass bottles? Let our team at Packaging Options Direct answer all your questions by contacting us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you find the ideal packaging solutions for your project or product. Connect today!

Everything You Need to Know About Glass Bottles

-Wednesday, December 4, 2013

At Packaging Options Direct, we’re all about packaging! If you’re looking to learn more about glass bottles, their benefits, types, sustainability and more, you’ve come to the right place!

Didn’t think there was that much to learn about glass bottles?

Think again!

We have over 100 years of knowledge to share with you and this is just the beginning.

So, whether you’re searching for the perfect glass bottle for your new hot sauce, are looking to transition from plastic bottles to glass bottles for their consumer appeal, or simply need a handful of glass jars for your next DIY project, we’ve put together this blog to help you learn everything you need to know about glass bottles.

Here are a few glass bottle facts from our friends at the Glass Packaging Institute to get you started: 

  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.
  • 80% of the glass that is recovered is made into new glass products.
  • Because glass is nonporous and impermeable, there are no interactions between glass packaging and products to affect flavor.
  • Glass has an almost zero rate of chemical interactions, ensuring that the products inside the bottle keep their strength, aroma and flavor.
Amber Glass Bottle

Benefits of Using Glass Bottles and Packaging

Glass bottle packaging has been around for a long time. In fact, our parent company, TricorBraun, has been providing the packaging industry with quality glass bottles at affordable prices for more than 100 years. Yet switching from plastic containers to glass is becoming more and more popular in recent years, as consumers tend to favor environmentally friendly packaging, and companies rediscover the benefits of glass. But, what makes glass bottles so great? 

Safety: Glass is made from all-natural raw materials, whereas other packaging materials (such as Plastics) can have negative effects on the health of humans and the environment. In fact, glass is the only packaging material that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration distinguishes as GRAS: “Generally Recognized as Safe.” Furthermore, glass bottles and containers, without the addition of chemicals during production, can protect food and beverages effectively while preserving the products’ taste and purity.

Sustainability: Glass is a 100% recyclable, sustainable material. It is also considered a mono-material, meaning that it is not composed of various materials, and can be recycled without losing its purity or quality. Recycled glass bottles can also be made into new glass bottles or can be reused for other projects and materials, such as landscaping, countertops, flooring, concrete pavement and tiles. 

Image: Glass is one of the premier choices of marketing professionals, as it gives a shelf impact unlike any other packaging material. Plastics or cardboard cannot match its clarity, texture and shape. The transparency of glass also allows your product to be showcased in a way these other materials cannot.

What are the Different Types of Glass Bottles?

Glass bottles come in all shapes, sizes and colors and offer a myriad of solutions to fit your product or project. Below are some of the most popular types of colored glass that you may run into while searching for the perfect glass bottle for your application. 

Colored Glass Bottle Types:

Amber: This is a brown color glass that offers excellent protection from ultraviolet radiation. This is critical for products such as beer and certain drugs. 

Cobalt: This is a blue colored class that is the result of copper or cobalt being added to the liquid molten mixture.

Green: Green glass is achieved as a result of oxidized iron chromate being added to the liquid molten mixture.

Frosted Glass: Frosted glass can be achieved when any color glass is treated, giving the glass a frosted-look or coating.

Flint Glass: Flint glass is clear and colorless.

Getting the Right Glass Bottles for Your Needs

Not sure which glass bottle is right for you? Contact our knowledgeable sales representatives now to learn more.

As you browse our website, you’ll also see information on the shape of the glass bottle or jar, its capacity and overflow capacity, and its neck size and description. Using these characteristics, our knowledgeable sales associates can help you find the glass bottles to suit your needs.

To learn more about glass bottles and why they may be the perfect fit for your project or product, connect with us today.

We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you with all your packaging needs – big and small.