How to cut glass bottles like a pro? Bottle cutting may seem like a difficult project for the novice DIYer but is actually easier than one might think. With the proper bottle cutter, a few supplies you likely already have on hand at home, and these easy steps you can make your own set of bottle wine glasses, beer bottle vases and more!
Materials you’ll need for glass bottles project:
- beer bottle (or other glass bottle)
- bottle cutter (available online)
- thick gloves
- large sauce pan
- thick grit sanding paper
- thin grit sanding paper
Step 1: Prepare bottles and remove labels
Start by removing the label off your beer bottle. Using warm water, dish soap and a rough sponge until the label is all the way off. Dry off the bottle completely. Start a large sauce pan of water boiling that you will use later.
Step 2: Choose the size
Once the bottle is prepped, pick how large you would like your vase to be and adjust your glass cutter to size. Score the bottle by rolling the bottle on the blade and roll all the way around the bottle.
Step 3: Use heavy gloves
After scoring the bottle, using your heavy gloves, place your bottle into the boiling water and submerge until the line of the score. Roll the bottle a few times and leave submerged for at least 30 seconds. During this time start a trickle of cool water in the sink.
Step 4: Hot and Cold water
Next, pull the bottle from the hot water and place under the trickle of cold water and spin the bottle around so the water covers the scored area. The bottle should break at this point. If it does not, repeat steps 3 and 4 until the bottle breaks evenly at the score line.
Step 5: Sand paper
After the bottle breaks, use your sand paper to smooth down even out the edge of the vase (bottom half of the bottle). Use the thick grit sand paper first to really even out the score and the thin grit paper to smooth the edges.
Repeat for more vases as desired. Use your finished bottle bottoms as vases for flowers, drinking glasses, or candle holders- so many possibilities. Create them in various colors or sizes for fun and interesting sets! Apply the same concept for large bottles such as wine or champagne bottles as well!