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Up-cycling Bottles with a Bottle Cutter

Up-cycling Bottles with a Bottle Cutter
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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

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…

Here is the video tutorial:


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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Comments (11)

  • Thanks for the information, Chas. I didn’t realize that there was something available to make glass cutting so easy.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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