From Wine Bottle to Drinking Glass

Filed under: Recycling — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:21 am on Monday, September 6, 2010

savvyhousekeeping what to do with wine bottles cut glass drinking glasses recycle reuse bottles

One way to recycle a wine bottle is to turn it into a drinking glass, like the above picture from Instructables. According to this how-to, you score the bottle with a special jig, which cuts a line around it. Then you heat the bottle up and cool it down until it breaks apart. After that, you sand down the edges of the glass with a Dremel.

But if you are going to buy special equipment, I prefer Plastolux’s post on Curbly. He bought an Ephrems Old Time Bottle Cutting Kit on eBay, which does the cutting for you:

savvyhousekeeping what to do with wine bottles cut glass drinking glasses recycle reuse bottles

These kits are still around. Here’s one for $44. Using that, he made a bunch of cool glasses, including these:

savvyhousekeeping what to do with wine bottles cut glass drinking glasses recycle reuse bottles

The possibilities here are pretty neat. For one thing, you don’t have to stick to wine bottles. Check out these glasses from soda pop bottles on Etsy:

savvyhousekeeping what to do with wine bottles cut glass drinking glasses recycle reuse bottles

Or you can use the top of the bottle and make candle holders like these from Green Wine Bottles:

savvyhousekeeping what to do with wine bottles cut glass drinking glasses recycle reuse bottles

Even Pottery Barn was getting into the game for awhile with these glasses made from Bordeaux bottles (no longer available):

savvyhousekeeping what to do with wine bottles cut glass drinking glasses recycle reuse bottles

Cutting glass is obviously dangerous, so whatever method you choose, protect yourself with gloves, goggles, and a mask.

3 Comments »

Comment by Christy

September 7, 2010 @ 12:14 am

The tops of the bottles look like they could also be used as wine glasses themselves.. You might want to put a bottom on them, or just have a really awesome funnel collection. I actually might like to have a glass funnel… Not sure what good it it would be, though.
Fun post.

Comment by Rob

September 7, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

Been cutting bottles for some time now- I have a fleming bottle cutter. There are so many cool things you can make with bottle cutting, and the supply of bottles is never ending. Thumbs up on this post!

Comment by Savvy Housekeeper

September 8, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

Thanks. I really want to try it.

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