How To Turn Wine Bottles into Glasses

You know us. We’re always into handmade projects that are unique to each of our clients and events, as well as to our own entertaining repertoire. So when we got wind that our September birthday gal wanted to make wine glasses out of wine and cider bottles for her guests to use we were into it! The party is to be on an island and in a field so the natural and handmade elements are a perfect fit. We’ve been spending time with Aleah’s parents on the island and Aleah’s dad showed us the ropes for using his glass cutting tools to make the perfect cut.

 You’ll need: empty wine bottles with the labels removed | a glass cutting tool kit | ice | Carborundum Grit #100 | a large candle

Step 1: take your glass cutting tool and set so that the blade will be about 6-8″ from the bottom of the wine bottle {dependent on how tall you want your glass -we found that a little taller of a glass bypassed the weak point in a bottle}.

Cut a circle around the bottle slowly. STOP once the circle is complete and do not score again.

Step 2: Place the score in the bottle over heat {we used a candle’s flame} and slowly rotate the line around the flame until it heats up. The length depends the glass and bottle, but about a minute of heat should do.

Step 3: quickly remove from the flame and place an ice cube over the fracture and scoring {all the way around}.

If your bottle is ready to separate it will do so if you gently twist and pull. Don’t worry – some bottles take a few go ’rounds on the flame to really make a nice break.

Step 4: take Carborundum Grit and place about 1/2 a cup {or so} on a piece of large glass and fill the center with about 3 tablespoons of water. You’ll want to make a slurry and paste here so adjust accordingly and per the directions.

 Step 5: once you have a loose paste take the rough edge of your glass and rub against the grit in a circular motion over and over, until you’ve got a nice sanded edge. This paste should create a grit that will naturally sand down the edges of the glass. For each glass it takes about 5-10 minutes to make a nice, smooth edge. Once finished, wash the glasses and enjoy!




How-to and photos from Valley & Co. 

Can you see yourself making these stellar wine glasses for your kitchen and entertaining pantry?


    • says

      You bet! You should be able to find it at a hardware store. If not, try a glass supply store or you can find it easily online. We’d love to hear how you like this project! Thanks for your comment!

  1. Lois Cordle says

    Hi, I am able to get the outer edge and flat edge ok but cannot get the inside edge soft for drinking. Any recommendations?

    • says

      Hi Lois,
      We might recommend trying a large-grit sandpaper and giving the inside of the rim a good polishing with it.
      The carbon grit should do the trick though, so maybe try making your mound of it taller in the center? That could be the problem. Good luck and let us know if either of these tricks work!

  2. Heather says

    Nice! I’ll be putting this to the test. Do you know if there’s a reason to put the carborundum grit on glass? Would an old cookie sheet work?

    • says

      So happy to hear this, Heather!
      That is a good question – it’s very likely that a cookie sheet could have the exact same effect. We have never tried it but please let us know if it works well. We don’t see why it wouldn’t. Cheers!

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