What do you do when you have a ton of empty wine and beer bottles? Single stem flower vases? Nope! Decorative pieces collecting dust? Nope! We’re going to cut them in half! :) My friends at Opendoor Cafe and Courtyard called me up to share in this fun DIY project. They have been hosting many events at their awesome space recently and had accumulated a lot of wine and beer bottles. Instead of finding a place to recycle all the glass (which, by the way, is an extremely difficult feat in HK), they decided to cut them and give those bottles a second life. I’m all for repurposing and reusing old items so when they asked me to join them I couldn’t resist!
Just a side note, this DIY project definitely requires a steady hand, patience and time to master the skill. It’s definitely worth your time as the results are beautiful! Cutting bottles at different heights create candle holders, drinking glasses, flower bouquet vases and whatever else you would like to do with your new bottle.
- glass bottles of different sizes and colours
- glass cutter
- gloves and protective glasses
- non-slip surface or mat
- a variety of objects with different heights
- kettle with hot water
- bucket of ice water
- heavy duty sandpaper
Step 1: Remove all the labels from your bottle the previous evening by soaking it in water.
Step 2: Boil hot water in a kettle and fill a bucket with ice and cold water. If you have googles or gloves, put them on now. :) (We didn’t have any on hand that day but this is something you definitely should invest in for this DIY.)
Step 3: Decide where you want to make a cut in your bottle and choose an object of the appropriate height. Place that object in-between and on the non-slip mat. Hold the glass cutter firmly on top of the object with one hand and using your other hand, place the bottle as close to the object (we used a jar of minced garlic) as possible.
Step 4: With a firm and steady hand around the neck or body of the bottle, rotate the bottle clockwise applying even pressure with the glass cutter to make a straight line. DO NOT go over the line twice. This is probably the hardest part of the process because if you apply uneven pressure or if your line is not straight, the glass bottle will not cut smoothly or in a straight line.
Here is an example of what happens when the seam is not straight.
Step 5: Pour hot water from your kettle along the scored seam of our bottle. Immediately dunk your bottle into the ice bucket. Repeat the hot water and ice water steps until the bottle separates into two. If you were able to score your bottle with a straight line using even pressure, you will hear a nice “pop” and the bottle will be cut perfectly.
Step 6: Sand down the edges of your glass. Alternatively, you could also dip the edges in hot wax to avoid the sharp edges. It also looks quite nice as an added decorative element.
Step 7: Voila! You have now made an adorable drinking glass, candle holder, flower vase et al :) You can mix and match different bottles to create unique decorative pieces too!
Once again, a huge thank you to Kristy and Gabbie of Opendoor Cafe & Courtyard for sharing this super creative and fun DIY with me. :) If you try this at home, please take a picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #mgdglassbottle. I’d love to see what you come up with! Follow me at @mamagoesdiy
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Mama Goes DIY