How to Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle

Two Parts:Cutting the wine bottle into two partsDecorating with photos and borders

A wine bottle can be used as a vase, candle holder or glass, depending on your preferences. This article explains how to cut the wine bottle, then offers some suggestions for decorating it.

Part 1
Cutting the wine bottle into two parts

  1. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 1
    1
    Pick out a wine bottle suitable to your choice and taste.
  2. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 2
    2
    Use a glass cutter to draw a neat and straight line in whichever direction and area of the bottle you desire. Avoid overlapping lines.
  3. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 3
    3
    Light a candle. Place the wine bottle with the drawn line over the lit candle. Make sure that the fire is pointed up to the drawn line or angle on the bottle, so that the flame only meets the line on the bottle.
  4. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 4
    4
    Rotate the bottle, letting the flame heat the line all around. How you position it depends on where the line you have drawn is around the bottle––let the flame of the candle heat whatever line you have drawn. Do this for a minute, rotating the bottle through the heat of the fire.
  5. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 5
    5
    Pour cold water or normal temperature water on the now heated line on the wine bottle. Repeat until you start to hear the bottle crack; bit by bit a cracking sound of glass will be heard.
  6. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 6
    6
    Wait for the bottle to crack in half. The half of the bottle will either fall off or crack into two parts. If neither happens, lightly pull or tug on one half so that the exertion will cause the bottle to part into two pieces.
    • Do not hit or screw the bottle to into two parts, as this will cause the bottle to crack into more parts or may not part evenly.
  7. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 7
    7
    Sand the break line. Using sandpaper or a glass file, smoothly file down the glass evenly. This will allow you to handle glass without worry about being cut.

Part 2
Decorating with photos and borders

  1. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 8
    1
    Decide whether the cut piece will be used as a vase, candle holder or glass. If you make several, these can be turned into drinking glasses, ideal for lemon juice, topped with a lemon slice, etc.
  2. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 9
    2
    Decorate your newly cut wine bottle. Collect many creative, bright and sparkly craft and arts items for adding to the bottle.
  3. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 10
    3
    Spray paint the bottom half of the wine bottle evenly. This step is optional.
  4. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 11
    4
    Glue on the craft pieces of choice, such as lace or ribbon. This can be added around the top and bottom of the half cut wine bottle. Items such as artificial gems, can also be used.
  5. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 12
    5
    Place and assemble photo negatives in the order pleasing to you. Then glue them in place.
    • If using for liquid, use Mod Podge to cover the photos and keep them waterproof.
  6. Image titled Cut and Decorate a Wine Bottle Step 13
    6
    Place candle in the half cut wine bottle. Light it and enjoy the magical effects of the light glowing the photo negatives, enjoy you memorable moments lighting in the dark! Or fill with a drink or add a flower.

Tips

  • Make sure that your hands and the bottle are not wet, when heating the drawn line. this may cause lost of grip when holding wine bottle. The bottle being wet can cause the fire to not heat properly.
  • Flowers or other decorative craft items can help beautify the bottle, let your imagination run wild.
  • Do not put too much hot glue on the photo negative. This is to prevent it from melting.

Warnings

  • Be careful when heating wine bottle. Do not wear long sleeves.
  • Use gloves when sanding or filing down wine bottle, so that the glass won't cut into your hands.
  • Be careful! The glue gun can burn into flesh sometimes if comes into contact.

Things You'll Need

  • Wine bottle
  • Glass cutter
  • Candle
  • Matches
  • Tin of spray paint of any colour to your liking.
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbons or lace
  • Photo negatives
  • Candle
  • Mod Podge (optional)


Article Info

Categories: Crafts