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Cutting glass bottles can be intimidating but it is actually pretty simple. There are several methods you can choose from to cut them but we think using a string might be the simplest and easiest.
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 are 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.
For these projects, you can use just about any kind of glass container you have lying around. First, you need to learn how to cut a glass bottle.
Check out the step-by-step guide here to cut glass bottles using a string with the two other cutting glass techniques.
With these techniques, you will be able to make:
First, cut a length of kitchen twine long enough to wrap around the bottle four or five times. Next, wind the butcher’s twine twice around the bottle where you want to make the cut. Tie the ends and cut the excess string.
Now, soak it in acetone or nail polish remover. Be sure to saturate the entire piece of string before you light it.
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!
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 of times you’ll get the hang of it. Just keep rotating very quickly!
Sand down the rough edges but be careful not to cut yourself. The edges after the bottle breaks will be very sharp. Use gloves and sand around the bottom half.
There you go! A pretty vase made from recycled cut glass bottles.
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 get the desired look.
Note: It is probably best to use a wine bottle for this project. You can also follow the step-by-step tutorial to make a self-watering planter from cut glass bottles here.
Watch this video from Shake The Future for a DIY lamp tutorial made from two cut glass bottles:
If you’re a DIY junkie who doesn’t throw stuff away, I can only imagine your beer and wine bottle stash. Well, I can also imagine they’d be dealt with very soon with these fantastic crafts using cut glass bottles.
Which of these DIY cut glass bottles projects are you going to try today? Let us know below in the comments section!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 10, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.