Mar 29

Cutting Glass Bottles


If you’re like me, you’ve seen all those posts on Pinterest where people do cute things with recycled beer bottles.  Well, I decided that it was high time that I figured out how to cut glass bottles so I could do some of those crafts.  I went through all the different “at home” methods for cutting glass bottles, and now I want to share my success with all of you!


You will need:

– Empty glass bottle

– Candle (along with a match or lighter)

– Glass cutter – This worked SO much better than the string and nail polish remover method that I originally tried.  It cost me $3.79 at Home Depot.

– Sandpaper

– Sink, and a bucket of cold water (not pictured)

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Let’s jump right in!  First, you’re going to “score” the glass.  Very carefully take the glass cutter and follow the instructions for scoring glass.  This was tricky because the bottle is cylindrical, so you can’t use a ruler to keep it straight.  Just be careful, and let me know if you think of an easy way to make your scoring straighter!  This is not meant to actually cut the bottle; you just want a light groove.

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Next, I would highly recommend placing the candle in the sink (just in case something goes wrong), and put your bucket of cold water right next to the sink.  Now comes the fun part!  Hold the bottle over the candle so that the flame runs along your scored groove.  Rotate the bottle slowly for 10 to 15 seconds.

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Then, quickly dunk the bottle into the cold water.  You should hear a pop after a second or two when the bottle separates.  If you don’t hear the pop after like five seconds, you’re going to have to hold the bottle over the candle again.  That happened to me a couple times.

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We aren’t done yet!  The newly cut edge will be very very sharp, so carefully sand it down until it is smooth.

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Now you’re done!  You can use them as-is, or keep crafting!  If you want to make sure you don’t miss my next post – which involves using these glasses! – be sure to subscribe to email alerts!

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Happy crafting! <3 C


  1. cicely

    mebbe you could draw a line first, then score along it?

    1. Caitlyn

      That is a very very good idea. I’m impatient, which led to not super straight scoring. Drawing a line is very good advice, that I will definitely take next time 🙂

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