How To Turn Bottles Into Drinking Glasses

Updated on August 3, 2016

How Cool Are These Things?

These will be the talk of the party, that is until uncle Bill starts taking his clothes off again.
These will be the talk of the party, that is until uncle Bill starts taking his clothes off again.

Bottles into Drinking Glasses You Say

Beer, wine, liquor, soda and even a few choice imported waters all share one feature that makes them somewhat unique. They come in glass bottles. These bottles are often highly decorated and very attractive to the eye. This makes it hard to part ways with the bottle once we have drained it of it's refreshing and sometimes intoxicating contents. We don't want it simply laying around the house taking up space, collecting dust and heaven forbid someone see it and think us a drunk lush. How terrible would that be?

So what do we do with that bottle once the sweet nectar no longer occupies the chamber? Simple. We throw them up in the air and shoot at them. OK so that was not what you had in mind. Good, I had another thought as well.

What we can do is make drinking glasses out of them. No I am not talking about simply refilling the bottle so you can take the funnel back to the garage. I mean making attractive drinking glasses that will accent your kitchen and no doubt be conversation starters for years to come. After all who all do you know has a drinking glass made from a vintage wine bottle sitting around their home? I thought so.

This is a great little do it yourself art project but I have to warn against the kiddies trying this one. It is strictly for the adults as we are going to be playing with fire, broken glass, and some toxic chemicals. Wow, I am almost certain I just described a weekend at Tommy Lee's house. So shall we get started turning that crown royal bottle into that crown royal glass.

What We Need

We will need some goodies to make this project a success. Clean the bottle very well. The best bottles to use are the ones that are screen printed, not the kind that has sticker labels. The stickers are a nightmare to get off and without the attractive screen print the glass will look like any glass you could have just found at a store.

You'll need:

  1. a good clean bottle (Remember screen printed bottles work and look best.)
  2. acetone or nail polish remover
  3. good thick yarn
  4. a lighter
  5. a bowl
  6. some ice water in the sink
  7. safety goggles
  8. face mask
  9. gloves
  10. sandpaper (fine and regular grit)

Most if not all of these items are available at your local Walmart store so they are not hard to come by at all. It may seem like a strange list of oddities but once we get started you will see how they fit together.

These bottles can easily become awesome drinking glasses.
These bottles can easily become awesome drinking glasses.

Step 1

Wrap the heavy yarn around the bottle at the point you want to "cut". Imagine that this yarn will cut the bottle at the exact point you have it placed. Now focus and watch as the yarn passes through the glass like a warm knife through butter. Just kidding that is not going to happen. Wrap the yarn 3 times around the bottle. Now slide it off and soak it in the acetone solution for a little bit.

The acetone is going to act as a fuel for us to use to heat the area of the bottle. The catch is acetone can be rather unpleasant to be around so this is a great tie to put that face mask on and not risk breathing in the harmful fumes of our fuel source.

After the yarn has soaked for a minute or so pull it out and wrap it back on the bottle where you want it. Now you will find some acetone has spilled on the bottle. be real cautious to wipe all of the excess acetone off the bottle or you could end up with a huge mess when we set this badboy on fire.

Once the bottle is wiped clean we are ready to move on to our next step.

Step 2

Prepare a sink full of cold water. I suggest a sink with some ice in the water. This will create the change in temperatures needed to break the glass and create the effect we need to get our glass.

Holding the bottle sideways light the yarn. Now you will hear a cracking sound after awhile. Let the yarn burn itself out. As soon as it is no more dunk the bottle into the water. This should break the bottle pretty quickly and easily without much delay.

You now have the basis for your drinking glass, of course it is jagged and dangerous right now and looks more akin to a shank than a drinking glass, but we will remedy that real soon.

Liquor Bottle Drinking Glass

Glasses like these are real conversation starters.
Glasses like these are real conversation starters.

Step 3

This is where safety gloves the face mask and some goggles will be handy. We will be sanding our new glass and you do not want glass dust in your lungs or eyes. It can be very painful and fatal in some cases.

Using the regular sandpaper start sanding the rough edges down so they are not sharp and jagged. Remember you want to be able to drink out of this thing at a later time. As you sand be sure to not let to much glass particles out of your site. You want to keep them confined to your work area.

After you have a nice dull edge go ahead and switch to the finer grit sand paper. This is going to give us that ultra smooth edge that we are so used to seeing on store bought drinking glasses. Keep sanding until you are satisfied with what you have created.

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Ideas

These things are remarkable for getting conversations going as well as for just using around the house. It makes it easier to keep that really cool liquor bottle without seeming like a drunk. I have also seen these things go for some big bucks at yard sales and flea markets.

I find that it is best to go about this project at a slow pace and not to rush it. You want to make sure you do not have spider web cracks or bigger cracks in the bottle. If these occur you simply have to discard that bottle and try again with a new one. Some really cool bottles to use are ones with a square base as they look very professional and distinct. Another really cool bottle that can be made into a fine drinking glass is the new Bud Light Platinum. It comes in a beautiful blue bottle that is very eyecatching.

Sadly I do not drink beer so any beer bottles I use for this are provided by good friends. You may want to think of this in terms of sentiment to. Maybe a friend had a few bottles of champagne at their wedding. Try to get those bottles and make a "his and hers" glass set out of them for the bride and groom. Gifts like these are very personal and show a lot of care.

Maybe your friend just had his first beer. Turn that bottle into a glass so he can remember the day forever. I know it may sound hokey but think long term. A gift like this is from the heart and is very special.

I would love to see some successful creations as well as hear some stories so feedback would be much appreciated.

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        Ella Dockery 3 years ago

        love this project! Doing it as we speak. Some of the cracks car be super in even, don't get frustrated though!

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        Laquisha 3 years ago

        Furrealz? That's mauvolersly good to know.

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        Sam Little 5 years ago from Wheelwright KY

        Glad everyone is enjoying this. It is a cool project.

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        Aga 5 years ago

        Interesting, I may try it someday. Thank you for teaching me something new!

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        moonlake 5 years ago from America

        Very interesting. I didn't know you could do that. Voted Up.

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        ALFRED FOX 5 years ago from London

        Wow that is incredible, never thought that was possible. Thanks for the idea.

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