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How to Turn Bottles Into Drinking Glasses

Sam has been a firefighter for nine years. He currently serves as lieutenant and public information officer of his city's fire department.

Make glasses out of bottles! These will be the talk of the party—that is, until uncle Bill starts taking his clothes off again.

Make glasses out of bottles! 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 its refreshing and sometimes intoxicating contents. We don't want it simply lying around the house, taking up space and collecting dust. Heaven forbid someone sees 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 do you know that 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 have 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.

Materials

  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: Soak Yarn in Acetone

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 three 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 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 really cautious to wipe all of the excess acetone off the bottle, or you could end up with a huge mess when we set this bad boy on fire.

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

Step 2: Break the Bottle in Cold Water

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 a while. 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 it looks more akin to a shank than a drinking glass, but we will remedy that really soon.

Liquor Bottle Drinking Glass

Glasses like these are real conversation starters.

Glasses like these are real conversation starters.

Step 3: Sand the Edges

This is where safety gloves, a 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 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 not to let too many 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 sandpaper. 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.

More Bottle Glass Ideas

These things are remarkable for getting conversations going, as well as for just using them 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.

Go Slow

I find that it is best to go about this project at a slow pace and not 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 eye-catching.

Thoughtful, Personal Gifts

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, too. 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.

Comments

Sam Little (author) from Wheelwright KY on February 04, 2019:

I had this happen a lot too. I just had to slow down and go a little bit slower and it worked out just fine. Best of luck.

jessica on February 03, 2019:

Mine keep cracking wat am I doing wrong?

Ella Dockery on March 03, 2015:

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

Laquisha on January 07, 2015:

Furrealz? That's mauvolersly good to know.

Sam Little (author) from Wheelwright KY on January 18, 2013:

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

Agnes on January 17, 2013:

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

moonlake from America on January 17, 2013:

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

ALFRED FOX from London on January 17, 2013:

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