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5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

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5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Ever wanted to know how to cut a glass bottle? Bottle cutting is actually pretty simple, and there are several methods you can choose from to cut them. Cut glass bottles lend themselves well to a variety of cool DIY projects. You can your own cut glassware, home decor projects, lamps, planters and more.

Repurposing glass bottles is a fun and unique way to redecorate your home.  All you need are a few essential supplies and some empty mason jars, wine bottles, or vintage milk containers.

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles

For these projects, you can use just about any kind of glass container you have laying around.

First, you need to learn how to cut a glass bottle.

Check out our article that shows you 3 ways to cut a glass bottle.

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With these techniques, You will be able to make:

  1. A wine or liquor bottle into a vase
  2. Your favorite beer bottle into a drinking glass
  3. A chandelier
  4. A candle holder
  5. A self watering terrarium

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Project #1

How to make a vase out of a bottle of Jameson

Supplies You Will Need:

  • String or twine
  • Acetone Nail Polish Remover
  • Matches
  • Pot of ice cold water
  • Jameson Bottle

Step 1.

Cut a length of kitchen twine long enough to wrap around the bottle four or five times. Wind the butcher’s twine around the bottle where you want to the cut twice.  Tie off and cut excess string.

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Step 2.

Then soak it in acetone (nail polish remover). Be sure to saturate the entire piece of string before you light it .  Then fasten the string back on the bottle just like you had it before. Wrap the twine around the bottle, tie it in place, and light.  Make sure you aren’t standing too close to the flame!

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Step 3.

Turn the bottle on its side and slowly rotate it around to make sure you distribute the heat evenly. Once you see the fire is about to burn out (about 10-15 seconds), quickly dunk it (top first) into the bucket full of cold water.  The fire should be completely extinguished and you will hear a pop!  When you pull the bottle out of the bucket, the top half should be gone!

Note: The bottle will not break if it doesn’t get hot enough!  You may even need to do this a step a few times on thicker bottles. You may have a hard time keeping the flame going, but once you do it a couple times you’ll get the hang of it.  Just keep rotating very quickly!

Step 4.

Sand down the rough edges! Be careful not to cut yourself. The edges after the bottle breaks will be very sharp. Use gloves and sand around the bottom half.

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Step 5.

Ta Da! You’re finished. Your flower pot should look like this:

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Project #2

How to make drinking glasses using beer bottles

All you need for this one are the exact same tools as you used before.

Step 1.

Repeat Steps 1-4

Step 2.

Don’t forget to sand the edges!!!

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Project #3

How to make your friends a chandelier when you’re broke:

Step 1.

Repeat Steps 1-4

Chandeliers are easy to fashion by cutting the bottom of the bottle and fastening them to a piece of wood or metal (it doesn’t have to be a light fixture) and they always look absolutely amazing! These are perfect for putting in your restaurant or your home, depending on the style you’re looking for. You can use any bottle for this project that you like.

For this example, we found these amazing Grand Marnier pendants by Moonshine Lamp – Check out their site for more options, and buy your own!!

For more instructions on how to make a hanging light fixture, check out our Mason Jar Crafts Tutorial. 

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Project #4

How to make a DIY candle holder

Step 1.

Repeat Steps 1-4

Step 2.

Insert a tea light candle. Enjoy! Tip –  You can make your own DIY candle by pouring the wax into the bottom half and inserting a wick! You’ll have to get creative with the way that you cut the glass. You’ll have to tie the string on an angle, or buy a glass cutting kit (we recommend doing this). It is probably the easiest way to obtain a desired look such as this one:

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Project #5

How to make a self watering planter

Note: It is probably best to use a wine bottle for this project.

Step 1.

Repeat Steps 1-4

Step 2.

Invert the top of the bottle into the bottom half of the bottle.

Step 3.

Thread some oil lantern wick through the top and down the bottle neck. This procedure helps to lead the water up through the bottom and soak the dirt (self watering!)

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

Step 4.

Fill the base of your planter with water. Place dirt in planter and plant seeds in the inverted part of the bottle.  Enjoy your new planter!

5 DIY Projects Using Cut Glass Bottles |How to Cut Glass With String

We hope you enjoyed our tutorial on Glass Bottle Projects!

Comments

    • AvatarLisa Loperfido says

      April 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      I’ve made this project several times before. It’s a bit tricky. The best way that worked for me was using a glass cutter to mark a very straight path for a flame to follow. Then you dunk it in very very cold water… that’s when I heard the pop.

  1. Avataramber says

    December 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    You forgot to mention for the wine watering planters that a mesh needs to be added so the soil stays there.

    • Avatardiyready says

      July 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Hi there! I’ve added your link to the post. Thanks for making these amazing products and inspiring us all to be better crafters!

      -Lisa

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