Up-cycling Bottles With a Bottle Cutter

6 Materials
15 Minutes

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 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...
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.
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  • Zelma
    on Jun 8, 2018

    How much does bottle cutter cost

    And can u use any bottles

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Jun 9, 2018

      Mine cost about $20 and I can do wine, beer, cider bottles. They need to be round (can't be square bottles).

  • Jacquienina
    on Feb 14, 2019

    I'm interested in 2 possibilities - 1 is to cut the bottle lengthwise. 2 is to cut a bottle at an angle. Does anyone have experience with either of these ideas?

  • Robyn Garner
    Robyn Garner
    on Oct 26, 2019

    Did you try tapping the score line with the ball that's on a standard glass cutter, prior to plunging into the boiling water? That's how you cut flat glass/mirrors and it might help get every bottle to cut properly.

    • Robyn Garner
      Robyn Garner
      on Oct 26, 2019

      Yes I know. Was suggesting you try tapping the score line lol!

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