How to cut a wine bottle quickly, easily, and with less mess. Get a great clean cut on your first try and decrease the number of bottles you break. This is a great way to upcycle wine and beer bottles!
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I am in charge of crafts for my mom’s group and we do a craft every other meeting or so. I wanted a cheap and easy idea for planters for our gardening meeting so I decided to cut wine bottles into planters. I collect old wine bottles because we make wine so this wasn’t a huge problem.
- Diamond Tech Crafts G2 Bottle Cutter (if you want to cut them like I do in the video)
- Red Devil 106370 DIY Glass Cutter (this is for free handing cuts which is MUCH MUCH harder… haven’t quite figured it out yet)
- Wine or beer bottles
- Boiling water and cold water
- Sandpaper (included with the G2 bottle cutter)
How to Cut Wine Bottles
WARNING: Make sure to do a good job with cleaning up any broken glass after. When we were trying to dip the bottles back and forth between boiling water and ice water, we broke a LOT of glass (do NOT do it this way- it’s a terrible method to cut bottles, even though that’s what the G2 instructions say to do). My husband put the pots away without cleaning them out and next time we ate, there were glass shards in our food. I was NOT excited to crunch into glass shards. Super gross and awful. Anyhow. Yes. Breaking glass, hot water… protect your eyes, hands, and any other body part that could get injured. Don’t get this around dogs or children. Use common sense.
Step 1: Remove your label and any residue from your wine bottles. Soaking them in hot soapy water for 30 minutes or so does the trick for many labels.
Step 2: Using your bottle cutter, score a light line around your bottle. Do not go over the line again. Just once.
Step 3: Boil water.
Step 4: Put your wine bottle with the score mark in your sink. Using a small pan or measuring cup, scoop your boiling water and pour it over the score mark on your wine bottles. Do this for about 5-10 seconds, turning your bottle so you can get the score mark all around it.
Step 5: Turn on your cold water and run it over the score mark for 5-10 seconds.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the bottle breaks. It should break fairly clean, although if you made any deep gouges scoring the bottle or just use too much hot water on other spots, you may have bottles that don’t come out well.
Step 6: Carefully sand your edges so they’re smooth.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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