I might be on a little kick with wine bottles lately…I can’t help it, there’s just so many amazing possibilities using the corks and empty bottles! If you enjoyed my recent post on making a Wine Cork Mat, then this next “how to” should really get your creative juices flowing! There are tons of ways to up-cycle those empty wine bottles we all aquire, but many of the projects you’ll find require the wine bottle to be cut in half…sounds scary, I know. Really this process is much easier than you may think, all you need is some string, a little nail polish remover, and a match. Of course, you will need to use caution with any project involving fire, but this one’s pretty simple. Follow this simple “how to” below and learn how to cut a wine bottle using household items!
PS. If you’re a wine drinker, your going to need a place for the fancy glasses too ;), learn how to make a hanging wine glass rack out of any old peice of wood!
How to Cut a Wine Bottle
Acetone Nail Polish Remover
pot of ice cold water
Fill a pot with ice cold water and set to the side
Wrap a (medium thickness) piece of cotton string around the wine bottle three times (wrap it around up to 6 times for a thicker bottle), tie it.
*UPDATE* Many have found success using yarn (and some even say shoelace works great!).
Once the string is tied, slide it off the wine bottle.
Soak the string in acetone based nail polish remover for 10 seconds
Put the nail polish remover soaked string back around the bottle on the spot where you would like it to cut
Using a match light just the string on fire, continually rotate the bottle in circles so that the fire spins around the bottle. Keep rotating the bottle until the flames goes out.
**Keep the fire going for as long as you possibly can, especially for thicker bottles. The bottle will not break if it doesn’t get hot enough! You may even need to do this a step a few times on thicker bottles. I had a hard time keeping the flame going, but once you do it a couple times you’ll get the hang of it. Just keep rotating very quickly!
Once the flame goes out, quickly submerge the bottle in a pot of ice cold water and watch it break!
Now you can imagine all of the possibilities for up-cycling wine bottles!
What are some ways that you’ve up-cycled wine bottles? Share your thoughts and ideas below!