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How To Cut Glass Bottles at Home | 3 Ways

How To Cut Glass Bottles

 

How To Cut Glass Bottles at Home | 3 Ways

So you want to know how to cut glass bottles at home? How to cut wine bottles and turn them into drinking cups? Maybe you would like to turn those soda bottles into cool storage containers? With the right materials and know how, this task is as simple as drinking the beverage itself…well, almost. Follow along for these three simple methods to repurpose any glass bottle into a great container.

3 Ways To Cut A Glass Bottle:

Before you begin:

Start with a clean empty bottle. Wash out all remaining liquid and peel off as much of the label as you can. To remove the rest of the label residue, use a razor blade and an adhesive removing solvent (Goo Gone is a top brand name, but even lubricating solvents like good ol' WD-40 work great too!). The solvent will help loosen the adhesive, so you can then use a cloth or paper towel to wipe off excess paper as you run a razor blade down the side. The razor blade will not hurt the glass, but be wary of your fingers.

Materials needed to cut a glass bottle, see the complete guide onDIY Projects.com

Bottle Cutting Method #1:

How to Cut Bottles With String and Fire

Supplies:

Cotton String (or any string of NATURAL fiber)
Scissors
Lighter Fluid Or Nail Polish Remover (Acetone)
Lighter Or Matches
Bucket Or Large Bowl
Small Bag of Ice
A Small Block Of Wood (A foot or so long, optional)
2x Sand Paper (Both Heavy & Fine Grit)

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Step 1:

To make a bottle into a cup using the string method, first tightly wrap the string 3 times around the bottle and cut the string so you can tie a simple overhand knot around the bottle with only a half-inch or so of excess string.

tie a string around the glass to break it. See the complete instructions on DIY Projects.com

Use acetone to soak the string to make it flammable. See the complete Glass Bottle DIY on DIY Projects.com

Step 2:

Take the string you just cut off the bottle and dip it in the nail polish remover. Let it soak for just a few seconds, it will absorb the liquid quickly. Wrap the wet string tightly around the bottle again and knot it with the simple overhand knot (you know, the one you start your shoelaces with).

Burn the string to turn a glass bottle into a cup. See the complete instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 3:

Light the string on fire. Rotate the bottle slowly so the string burns evenly. It goes without saying that you want to do this in a space that is safe; i.e. outside or on a concrete/marble/non-flammable floor. You can hold the bottle with your bare hands as the glass will not get hot.

How to break a glass bottle. Read all the instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 4:

Throw your ice in the bucket with enough water to dip the bottle in. Dunk in the bottle and gently tap the bottle against the side of the bucket until the glass splits in two. If the glass did not split, repeat steps 1-4.

How to turn a glass bottle into a cup DIY: The last step is to sand the edges. See the complete instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 5:

Place your heavy sandpaper on the block of wood and hold it with one hand. Place the newly broken bottle face down on the sand paper and rub the bottle back and forth for 3-to-5 minutes. Then flip the cup over and use the fine grit paper to smooth out the rim and give it a nice rounded look. You should be able to achieve the surface you want in another 3-to-5 minutes.

Bottle Cutting Method #2:

How to Cut Bottles With A Glass Cutter and Flame

How To Cut Glass Bottles at Home | 3 Ways

Supplies:

Glass Cutter
Bottle Of Cutting Oil (Available At Any Hardware Store)
Rubber Band or Masking Tape
Candle
Lighter Or Matches
Bucket Or Large Bowl
Small Bag of Ice
A Small Block Of Wood (A foot or so long, optional)
2x Sand Paper (Both Heavy & Fine Grit)

How to make a cup out of a glass bottle: Scour the edge of the glass to create a smooth break. See the complete instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 1:

To prepare the bottle for cutting, snap a rubber band around where you want the cut line to be or use masking tape wrapped a couple times evenly around the bottle. This will serve as your cutting guide. If you use tape, make sure ends meet and tape completely overlaps.

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Step 2:

Score the bottle with a glass cutter. Prepare the glass cutter by either filling the hollow center with cutting oil or dipping the cutting blade in the oil as you go. If you use the dip method, be sure to wet the blade every time you cut. Carefully score the bottle completely around in a straight line. Never go over the same line twice.

Glass Bottle DIY: burn along scoured edge. See the complete guide on DIY Projects.com

Step 3:

Light the candle and heat the bottle over the flame, directly over the score line. Rotate the bottle slowly so it burns evenly and keep doing so for at least 3 minutes.

Cut a Glass Bottle DIY: dunk heated glass into bucket of cold water to break the glass. See the complete guide on DIY Projects.com

Step 4:

Dunk the bottle in cold water and then gently tap the bottle against side of the bucket or bowl you are using. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until top breaks off.

sanding edges of glass to finish the project: Read how to make glass cups out of glass bottles on DIY Projects.com

Step 5:

Sand the rim of your new cup. You can use the block method described in the string tutorial above or just hold the glass in one hand while you use the heavy grit to make the rim even. Spend about five minutes doing this and then switch to the fine grit to smooth out and round the edges (about another five minutes). Enjoy.

 

Bottle Cutting Method #3:

How to Cut Bottles With A Glass Cutter and Boiling Water

How To Cut Glass Bottles at Home | 3 Ways

Supplies:

Glass Cutter
Cutting Oil (Available At Any Hardware Store)
Rubber Band Or Masking Tape
Pot of Boiling Water or Tea Kettle
Bucket Or Large Bowl
Small Bag Of Ice
A Small Block Of Wood (A foot or so long, optional)
2x Sand Paper (Both Heavy & Fine Grit)

Prepare glass bottle DIY: hot and cold liquids. See full instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 1:

Prepare the boiling water in a pot with a handle that you can hold onto easily. A tea kettle will also work for this step.

scouring glass, to make a cup out of a glass bottle. Check out the full guide on DIY Projects.com

Step 2:

This is the same scoring step described in the previous method. To prepare the bottle for cutting, snap a rubber band around where you want the cut line to be or use masking tape wrapped a couple times evenly around the bottle. This will serve as your cutting guide. If you use tape, make sure ends meet and tape completely overlaps.

Prepare the glass cutter by either filling the hollow center with cutting oil or dipping the cutting blade in the oil as you go. If you use the dip method, be sure to wet the blade every time you cut. Carefully score the bottle completely around in a straight line. Never go over the same line twice.

How to turn a glass bottle into a cup: run boiling water over the breaking point. See the complete instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 3:

Pour a stream of the hot water over the score line of the glass bottle. Take your time, pour slowly, and heat all the way around the bottle. Don't burn off your fingers (gloves might be a good idea).

How to turn a glass bottle into a cup: Dunk the heated glass into a bucket of cold water. See the complete instructions on DIY Projects.com

Step 4:

Dunk bottle in cold water and then gently tap the bottle against side of the bucket or bowl you are using. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until top breaks off.

steps to making your own glass cups out of glass bottles. See complete guide on DIY Projects.com

Step 5:

Sand the rim of your new cup. You can use the block method described in the string tutorial above or just hold the glass in one hand while you use the heavy grit to make the rim even. Spend about five minutes doing this and then switch to the fine grit to smooth out and round the edges (about another five minutes). Enjoy.

Congratulations, you did it! 

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Now you will never run out of cups at a party again! Or better, use these upcycled bottles as more than just cups: use them as vases, votives, utensil holders, and more! With the right tools, you can turn your glass recyclables into all sorts of vessels for your home.

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