Trash to Treasure: Demijohn Bottles

Trash to Treasure: Demijohn Bottles

Colleen Quinn
Jun 11, 2012

Some people have all the luck. First, my friend Missy and her family found themselves moving to Naples when her husband was reassigned by the Air Force. Then, soon after she arrived, Missy was introduced to the fine art of trash-picking by a group of friends addicted to finding and reusing the demijohn bottles that literally litter the area. All that litters my corner of the world is those ubiquitous plastic grocery bags, but Missy and her friends are fortunate enough to find collectible bottles in trash heaps by the side of the road!

Demijohns are short-necked vessels used to transport liquid or hold it during fermentation. Missy has seen several ways they've been repurposed: Some folks paint the bottles. Others build small scenes inside (like a ship in a bottle but on a grand scale). Missy took advantage of the metal working skills of a local family to turn her bottles into the large scale candle holders seen above.

Missy does report a degree of amusement from her Italian friends who are puzzled by her use of what they see as trash to decorate her home, but I for one am in love. Apparently the new mayor of Naples is working to clean up the piles of trash by the side of the road which is good for the city but not so good for Missy and her friends who nevertheless continue their quest to save these wonderful demijohns.

(Images: Melissa Ledesma-Leese)

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