See What the Buzz Is About: Make a DIY Wasp-Catcher

Upcycle an old wine bottle into a pretty wasp trap that can adorn your porch or patio this summer.

Pesky wasps and other threatening, stinging critters surrounding your outdoor entertaining space? Make use of leftover wine bottles to create pretty, hard-to-escape traps that’ll lure in the mischievous bugs without the use of harsh chemicals.

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

Upcycle a wine bottle into a wasp catcher to improve your outdoor entertaining area.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

What you’ll need:

  • a wine bottle with a deep punt (the dimple at the bottom of the bottle) and the cork!
  • a corded drill and a carbide tip drill bit (a multi-use tool and diamond bits as used in this tutorial work well too, FYI)
  • 12” of wire
  • a simple syrup sugar + water solution
  • beads and thread (optional)
  • glass etching cream (optional)

Many wine bottles have a punt in the bottom, and I can’t find a specific, accurate reason why it exists, but the more pronounced it is, the better for this project. A deep punt yields a deeper “well” for sugar water in the base of the bottle.  

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

Upcycle a wine bottle into a wasp catcher to improve your outdoor entertaining area.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Use the drill and carbide bit to create a hole in the punt of the bottle. Go slowly but apply firm pressure, and use the drill at a high RPM.

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

Upcycle a wine bottle into a wasp catcher to improve your outdoor entertaining area.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

It can be slow-going, so when you make it through give yourself a little pat on the back. (And just a note, a drill and carbide bit are a little more mainstream as far as tools are concerned, but if you have access to a multi-tool like a Dremel and a diamond bit, those tools cut through glass quite a bit faster. You can see how I used those tools to cut through beach glass in this tutorial.)

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

Upcycle a wine bottle into a wasp catcher to improve your outdoor entertaining area.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Wrap a piece of wire around the top of the wine bottle, making sure that it’s strong enough to hold the weight of the bottle.

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

Upcycle a wine bottle into a wasp catcher to improve your outdoor entertaining area.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

At this point, pour some sugar water into it to fill the well around the punt, pop the cork in the top and you’re good to go. If you want to get a little crafty, transform the bottle into something a little more decorative. You can use glass etching cream to transform the exterior of the bottle, and adorn the neck with a colorful hand beaded accent. My glass and wood beads are part of a collection from my great grandma, and it's kind of fun to find ways to display them at home.

With sugar water in the well and the cork in the top, hang it in the area in which you entertain outdoors. Wasps and other pests will be drawn to the sweetness of the liquid. They’ll enter through the hole cut in the bottom but have a hard time escaping down through that same hole, rendering your outdoor area pest-free.

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

DIY Wasp Catcher Made From a Wine Bottle

Upcycle a wine bottle into a wasp catcher to improve your outdoor entertaining area.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

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