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Mario Crafts with Wine Bottles

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I recently became intrigued by a craft I discovered while perusing ideas online.  I happened upon an idea that takes empty wine bottles and turns them into glasses, vases, lighting, and other decorative pieces such as windchimes!
 
This is a very green idea that recycles the bottles into useful and decorative items.  I decided to create some storage jars.
 
Please be aware that this craft does involve cutting, an open candle, and glass...so I urge extreme caution.  I advise using safety glasses, plenty of thick towels to cushion surfaces, and quite a large supply of patience.
 
As you will see in the photo gallery, you need to remove the labels from the bottle and wash/dry it thoroughly.  Then using the cutting device...rotate the bottle slowly to create the score line (only one turn is sufficient.)
 
Then hold the score line over a candle and slowly rotate the bottle two-to-three times (there are detailed instructions included with kits such as this one.)
 
The next step involves rubbing an ice cube to create an extreme temperature change that separates the bottom half from the top of the bottle.  Again, take it slow and it may take several attempts.
 
Eventually, the bottle separates and then you must polish the edges with the sandpaper and polishing material included.
 
I topped the storage jar with the top half of a used scented candle and also with an artificial "cupcake" decoration I purchased in Mexico.  For the price of the bottle cutter ($30-40) and some material I had on hand, I had the beginnings of crafts and holiday gifts!
 
I  am looking forward to creating more crafts with my new wine bottle cutter!

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The kit I ordered

1 The kit I ordered

Set up and ready to go

2 Set up and ready to go

Scoring the bottle...one thin score is enough.

3 Scoring the bottle...one thin score is enough.

A good view of the score line

4 A good view of the score line

Running the score line against a candle...very carefully...

5 Running the score line against a candle...very carefully...

After rubbing with ice...the score line thickens.

6 After rubbing with ice...the score line thickens.

Success!!!

7 Success!!!

The finished glass ready for sanding and polishing.

8 The finished glass ready for sanding and polishing.

The lid is a

9 The lid is a "Cupcake" decoration I purchased in Mexico years ago.

I can also top the glass with this pineapple topper from a jarred candle.

10 I can also top the glass with this pineapple topper from a jarred candle.

Comments (5)

  • thanks for posting this. I think this is a great kit. This would make for a fantastic kit have on hand for projects and gifts!

  • Thanks Nicole!!! I LOVED making the jar and am going to make more... Just a reminder... extreme caution... but you will love the craft!!! Happy Holidays...Mario

  • Another reminder... one or two scores is enough and not too deep... Also...it will take SEVERAL tries before it works for you.. keep trying and it will work....

  • You can also do this without a kit...Tie a piece of cotton string or yarn around the bottle where you want to cut it. Then remove the string and soak it in nail polish remover. Put the loop back on the bottle. Use a match or lighter to set the string on fire, rotating it slowly as you do with the kit, for about 20 seconds, before submerging it cold water. It's easy!

  • Love the topper! Where did you get it from?

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