How do you cut wine glass bottles? I’m going to show you how to use a glass bottle cutter. The possibilities are endless when it comes to up-cycling bottles. I recently purchased a bottle cutter and now I have even ways to up-cycle those bottles!
I purchased my bottle cutter from Amazon – you can view it here
How To Use A Glass Bottle Cutter Video
You follow the instructions that come with the bottle cutter. First it says to size the device to where you want the bottle cut.
Set the bottle inside the cutter and lightly press while rotating the bottle. This leaves a score line on your bottle. You don’t have to press too hard and only go around one time.
After scoring, again following the instructions that came with – have 1 pot of boiling water and 1 pot of ice water.
You’ll hold the bottle in the boiling water so that the score line is under water for a few seconds…
Then immediately put the bottle in the ice water so that the score line is under water for a few seconds.
Repeat this process until the bottle literally splits in half.
*Now to be honest – I went through a lot of bottles practicing this until I got the technique right (following the directions is key). I would say most of the time it works great and sometimes the bottle doesn’t cut cleanly.
Once the bottle is in half, use the sand paper provided to smooth the edges. Now you’re ready to create! The possibilities are endless – glasses, candle holders, wind chimes, bird feeders…
How To Use A Glass Bottle Cutter Video
Let’s make a quick candle holder with the bottom –
Paint Mod Podge onto the bottle.
Roll in some Epsom Salt.
Let dry completely.
Add a battery operated LED light or preferred candle of your choice.
Enjoy during the cold winter months!
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I’m going to show you how to use a glass bottle cutter. The possibilities are endless when it comes to up-cycling bottles. I recently purchased a bottle cutter and now I have even ways to up-cycle those bottles!
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Thanks for the information, Chas. I didn’t realize that there was something available to make glass cutting so easy.
Thanks Linda, I bought it from Amazon and decided to give it a try. It is pretty slick, and I can’t wait to make many things with it.
Awesome, Chas. It’s funny because today’s Hometalk had a string method for cutting glass. You could tell that it was uneven though. Yours was definitely cleaner. 🙂
Yeah, I’m not sure I want to light a string on fire. I would worry about the glass getting too hot and shattering…
Yes, me too.
I have one of these and I am glad to know you will go through many bottles before getting the technique. I thought it was me. The candle holder is so lovely.
Thank you Debra. Yes, I think I went through 16 but to be honest I was watching a tutorial on the Amazon page where I bought it and he poured hot water on it and then ran it under cold water. Every time I tried that the bottle never cracked on the score line. I read the directions and this this way that is described and almost every time has been a perfect cut bottle. Wow what a difference. Good luck with yours I hope you enjoy it as much as I am now.
kathleen Rupp says
Thanks so much for this tutorial! I have a bottle cutter I purchased years ago but I could never get a clean cut using it. I needed this tutorial…I won’t get rid of it now! You are giving me the itch to try again. Thanks so much! Saw your post at the handmade hangout! pinned!
Thank you Kathleen and I understand how frustrating it is when you can’t get that clean cut. I almost returned it until I decided to give it one last try using the instructions. What a difference. Good luck and I’m glad you’re inspired again. Thanks for the Pin.
Oh the possibilities! Sounds like a good excuse to drink a bottle or two of wine for practicing purposes.
Thank you Julie and I like the way you think 😉
Will it only cut around the bottle? That may not make sense. I am wanting to cut a bottle in half lengthwise, or a wine glass lengthwise. Will this cutter do that or do you know of one that will?
Hi Ginger – this one only cuts around the glass and can make projects like this – https://chascrazycreations.com/using-bottle-cutter-crafts/ I haven’t found a cutter that cuts length wise yet.
Mary from Life at Bella Terra says
Chas, I am sharing this post with Scott. He’s tried cutting glass but hasn’t been very successful. I think the hot/cold water part is what he is missing. We have quite a few of those pretty rosé wine bottles that he is saving. Thanks for all the great tips! Hope it works for him.
Thanks Mary, and let me know how it goes for Scott. I can’t wait to see what you all make with all those bottles!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
I’ve never really thought to do this, but love the idea. Thank you so much for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens Chas. Pinned.
Thank you so much Kim
Thanks so much for sharing your efforts in figuring out a good way to make it work. I have so many lovely bottles and now I know what to do with them. (Found you on the Simple Homestead Blog Hop.)
Thank you so much Lori, and thanks for stopping by.
Rachel Harper says
I’m so glad you shared this post. I’ve been wanting to get a bottle cutter but have hesitated because I wasn’t sure what I needed. Thanks so much. I plan to feature this post on Wednesday’s Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party!
You are so very sweet Rachel, thank you for the feature. I’m thrilled you are wanting to give the bottle cutter a try too.