DIY: Easy way to cut glass bottles !

I love colored glass bottles and recycle them for years. I was looking for a way of cutting the glass that I could use without the need for tools in order to reuse them. Of course I never imagined that the solution was acetone …! See the video below:

A simple process, rub with a little sandpaper the cut bottles and I give you some ideas about what you can create with them …

  • Fantastic … candlesticks that you can use to decorate your home and your terrace or even a social event or celebration! (Learn how to build a chandelier Christmas garlands),
  • Amazing chandeliers lightings-cutting the bottom of the bottle and fastening them to a piece of wood or metal,
  •  Lights: just cutting back the bottom of the bottle, and pass through electrical equipment and electrical cords in different lengths,
  • Or … a chandelier sculpture uniting many bottles and wires together but at the same length …. Also learn how to build a light sculpture using wood from crates,
  •  A table lamp by larger decorative bottles that will make removing the lower part is to pass the cable and adjusting a cloth hat in the neck of the bottle

And, do not stop there… Do the same with antique glass decanters that will find a bargain financially, and create this stunning romantic chandelier at a cost of 30-40 euros… Romantic style chandelier, you can construct a old fan… following the instructions found in the suspension or even from here… chains like.


Update 10.11.2012 : Another way to cut easily and perfectly a glass bottle but for this one you’ll need a glass cutter.

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  1. Pam - February 26, 2012

    Fantastic…how easy was that. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lori Corby-Brown via Facebook - February 27, 2012

    i find it funny in the video it states cotton string and yet the person is using acrylic yarn

  3. Tim Ekdef via Facebook - February 27, 2012

    can’t see it!

  4. Brooke Barber Collins via Facebook - February 27, 2012

    UNBELIEVABLE! I needed this!

  5. Ruth - February 27, 2012

    Thanks for sharing that. I have been looking for a way to do just that!

  6. Steven Potter via Facebook - February 27, 2012

    thats ace,i think im gona get carried away abit now………:)

  7. Claudia Dinepi via Facebook - February 27, 2012

    really cool….do you know how to cut a small orifice in the base of the bottle, to insert a wire (as in making a lamp)? thanks

  8. Michelle Sepiol - March 1, 2012

    This is sooooo cool! Great video. I can’t wait to try this and make neat decorations! How did you ever come up with this idea?

  9. KaZi Schmidtbauer via Facebook - March 4, 2012

    you fill Nails in a bottle (works also with little stones), shake strongly. Another way to remove the bottom of the bottle. Faster and safer … try it:))
    Füll Nägel (oder kleine Kieselsteine) in eine Flasche und schüttel sie kräftig, bis sich der Flaschenboden löst! Geht schnell und sicher … Probiert es aus:))

  10. Ruth Moseley via Facebook - March 4, 2012

    Good info!!!

  11. Darlene C. Matthews via Facebook - March 4, 2012

    Pretty cool and pretty toxic. I will do this outside and wear a mask-

  12. Rachael Flood - March 5, 2012

    Help please I really do want to do the same with antique glass decanters as suggested but can’t find the link to the instructions – could you repost it or the instructions – as i am not exactly sure where i would put the string for a hole in the base? Thank you

  13. carol - March 9, 2012

    Amazing!! Love this! THanks for sharing!!

  14. Habibi - March 11, 2012

    I cant seem to get it to work…:( Ive tried three times. is there any other trick

  15. WarsawNan - March 13, 2012

    I’ve seen this method on several sites and don’t understand why anyone would do this rather than just use a glass cutter, which is MUCH easier (and safer!) than this. I’ve cut glass hundreds of times (literally)–with a glass cutter–without a single problem, but I’d be terrified to try this method. If anyone DOES try it, PLEASE wear protective goggles!!

    • jeremiah - May 16, 2013

      WarsarNan I have a question for you. Please inform me on what cutting tool you’ve used to cut the bottles you cut. I bought one after trying the methods above without any luck. The one I bought however doesn’t work like they say it does? I’ve read the instructions and I’ve done everything imaginable to cut the bottles. Still no luck even after paying for this device I have yet to cut a bottle. Please be specific as to where you bought it, how much you paid, and the actual name and possibly even the maker of it invade I have trouble locating it. I would gratefully appreciate your help as I need to cut these bottles.

      • joe - September 5, 2013

        Hey Jeremiah…

        Not sure if you got your response as I’m new to this site… But I just cut three bottles in less than 30 min. I only had hand glass cutter, but I will invest in the actually bottle cutter and It will make lines cleaner and straighter. What issues did you have? what where the steps you took?

    • Jeff - August 12, 2014

      I’ve tried this a couple of times now with the string method. the first time, I got long fractures down into the body of what’s to be the glass. If I tried to get rid of the fractured parts and smooth out the results, I’m afraid it’d be a lot of work for very little results. The second time, I wrapped some plastic tape in a straight line around the bottle to use as a guide for file which I used to score the bottle all the way around. Idea seemed to make sense. Took off the tape. Did the string, lighter fluid thing again. Results: deep, long fractures into the body of what would have been the glass. Wah. Any suggestions?

      Ok, now I’ve tried the rig with the glass cutter shown in the video ( the guy outside with the cat) first time = much worse fractures waaay up and down. 0/4

  16. DeeAnn - March 13, 2012

    So cool, looks pretty easy.

  17. greg - March 25, 2012

    here are good ideas

  18. bielie - March 30, 2012

    cool, antique. life is awesome.

  19. Whitney - April 9, 2012

    I’ve tried this 5 times with 3 different bottles and it didn’t work. I did it exactly as the video showed. Very disappointing…

  20. PazAmora - May 2, 2012

    Wow that is pretty genius! I must try this…

  21. CJ - May 5, 2012

    Nice method but for heaven’s sake, put the lid on the acetone before you light the string, there are plenty of cases of serious burns and explosions caused by the ignition of vapour from flammable solvents, it’s quite amazing how little you need to make a powerful explosion capable of blowing out windows and worse.

  22. Gail Bonilla - May 13, 2012

    ~ I will be making lamps from wine bottles & (or) Champagne & other liqour bottles . ~ Thank you for your wonderful tip on how to do ! ~ Gail 😀

  23. carolyn - May 13, 2012

    didn’t work for me either…

  24. Bill - June 16, 2012

    the glass cut unevenly, we set a hand on fire, & cut a finger but followed the directions to the tee. would not recommend this to anyone. better directions would be to show how to not shatter the glass up the bottle, to break evenly.

  25. jacques dalziel - June 23, 2012

    Awesome Awesome Awesome

  26. Jodi - July 8, 2012

    Didn’t work! I tried it 4 times on a wine bottle. What a bust!

  27. elke - August 10, 2012

    Super cool seeing it done- looks easy enough! thank you.

  28. Chelsea - August 17, 2012

    LOVE this idea. I am a bit nervous to try it. but it looks fabulous!

  29. Kelli Haggerty - September 5, 2012

    I tried 3 different bottles about 3 times each and watched the video serveral times. It didn’t work! What am I doing wrong?

  30. Karen Jones - September 6, 2012

    Alright…4 tries to get it to work. I tried a variety of “strings” and only got it to finally work with hemp twine (used to tie up plants with…green, so it was a tad bit messy). I have NOT perfected it yet (gotta keep the string relatively straight), but am looking forward to showing this to my Girl Scout troop this week (they’re 17-18 years old). I would NOT do this with younger kids!

  31. barb - September 18, 2012

    I tried this several times – Nothing. Do you use Acetone Polish Remover and Yarn?

  32. susan - September 28, 2012

    I tried several times trying to cut a wine bottle. Nothing complete bust. What is wrong. I used cotton string and acetone nail polish remover.

  33. Marlene - October 5, 2012

    OMG I kept scooting back in my chair waiting for the bottle to crack in my face, “Scared” and I wasn’t even there. Man this is so neat to know. Thank You so much for showing me how to cut my own bottles. Now I can save instead of throwing away or filling my empty bottles with rice, quinoa etc. etc. but you can only reuse so many bottles now. This is just great, I am so glad to have knowledge of this easy smeasy concept. Man o man Do I have ideas. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I LOVE IT : )

  34. Marlene - October 5, 2012

    Well reading everyone elses posts or comments kind of have me a little bit scared to try this now. I’m definetely wearing protective glasses and clothing and also doing this outside instead of my kitchen sink area. You did make it look easy but wonder why some had trouble doing this. Maybe not letting it burn long enough to get hot enough to crack.

  35. TaintedFiber - October 11, 2012

    Def will try this. I can’t believe how many posters are just plain nasty with their comments. Thanks for posting!

  36. Neokentin - October 11, 2012

    I’ve updated the post with a new video … another method to cut glass bottles…enjoy :)

  37. sammie galowski - October 11, 2012

    does this method also work with cuting a round hole? i want to make it so i can put lights in a bottle but a hole on the side for the cord to come out.

  38. Sue - October 12, 2012

    This is pretty damn cool, I can’t wait to try it!

  39. Beverly Menard via Facebook - October 12, 2012

    I can not wait to try this!

  40. Heidi Ruth Grenda - October 12, 2012

    Gracias por compartir lo que hacen

  41. Jennifer Janssen via Facebook - October 14, 2012

    Thank you!

  42. Mark Buettemeier - October 23, 2012

    Hmmmm, both videos are now that same – and it involves using a cutter. What happened to the “no cutting” version of this?

  43. aldo marcucci - October 29, 2012

    ACETONE? hes using a glass cutter and hot and cold water… so whats the easyness of cutting bottle botoms? dont think everyone has a glass cutting device at home…

  44. sandy morrow - October 30, 2012

    how wood you just cut a hole in the bottom of a vase with this method.

  45. Vicki - November 5, 2012

    Make video available on mobile please

  46. Scott - November 13, 2012

    Nice method dude, I didn’t expect it to be that clean :)

  47. Newt - November 20, 2012

    The main advantage to this method is that it’s cheap; real cheap. The disadvantage is you get iffy, irregular results compared to cutters or a torch.

    Plus, just in case, wear safety glasses, huh? A couple nicely broken bottles aren’t worth losing your eyeballs.

  48. Jean - November 21, 2012

    Where is the video this looks cool

  49. Swanie - December 1, 2012


  50. James - December 9, 2012

    Did i miss something?both videos show cutting with a tool not using acetone.

  51. Silke - January 2, 2013

    We have tried cutting glass bottles with string and acetone, nail polish remover and other flammables. It simply doesn’t work!!! Don’t waste your time.

  52. Donald - January 3, 2013

    I have played with many different glass cutters on wine and beer bottles. I also tried this method and while it made a crack and eventual break in the glass, it is a lot more time consuming and potentially dangerous than just scoring the bottle around with either one of the “store bought” bottle cutters or a home made one and then filling the bottle with very hot water and dipping it in cold water or ice water. I got much cleaner and even breaks this way.

  53. Kris W - January 20, 2013

    My daughters and I just tried this, using yarn and an old wine bottle from the garage. It worked perfectly. On the first try. I bought glass cutters from the store and could never get them to work. lol

  54. Barbee - January 26, 2013

    I cannot wait to try this yarn and acetone technique. I manufacture the glass etching products…..etchall creme and the liquid etchall dip’n etch. I love to make things out of etched wine bottles. It is fun to personalize the bottles with names and sayings. Now I will be able to make all sorts of items with this new technique….THANK YOU!!!!

  55. Barbee - January 26, 2013

    This looks too, good to be true but I am sure going to try it. I have tried everything else! I manufacture the glass etching products: etchall creme and the etchall liquid dip’n etch and love working with wine bottles. I have always had someone else to cut my bottles and then personalized them by etching names and sayings for all occasions. Does this work on beer and wine bottles as well as jars???? Thank you so much for sharing this with the rest of us!!

  56. Brenda - January 29, 2013

    I want to cut holes in the back of crown royal bottles. Will this work for that?

  57. Rob Passanita - February 25, 2013

    My wifie and I are leading a mission trip to Ukraine next month where we adopted our 3 boys. I am looking to do a craft class for the boys who are aging out in hopes of giving them a way to earn a living instead of turning to crime. This video is excellent and gives them a way to make something with minimal cash to start. Thank you

  58. Xella - March 7, 2013

    I really like the design in the second picture! When I look at the picture I immediately thing of men who don’t dare to show their romantic sides. Don’t know why it’s just like that.

  59. John Dinkelmann - March 7, 2013

    I just bought a cutter here in Berlin for a project, for around 30 USD in a shop. Now I noticed that there are many different kinds of cutters for sale on amazon, and for a fair price as well. With most of these you have the safest method to ‘cut’ bottles: cutters on Amazon

  60. Raitis Škias via Facebook - March 21, 2013

    No offence, but the string on fire method is the worst you can possibly use to cut glass bottles. Even with a simple hand held glass cutter you’d get better results. 😉

  61. Lynn Brooks Ellis via Facebook - March 21, 2013

    I’ve tried this method and it didn’t work for me. Could not get the yarn to catch on fire.

  62. Deanne Fitzgerald via Facebook - March 21, 2013

    Would be great~ if it worked, especially on textured glass, I use glass cutters and it takes some finesse, but pretty much have it dialed now

  63. Joan Hatch via Facebook - March 21, 2013

    better technique further down the link page.

  64. Russ - April 5, 2013

    The hot water technique in the second video is working best for me – getting a 75% success rate. thanks

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  66. Neokentin - May 23, 2013

    @free home based business : Yes you are welcome to do it at the moment you provide credit and source back to us ! :)

  67. Nick - May 29, 2013

    This is something that I’ve never been able to master. There always seems to be a chip left behind or else the whole bottle would break. I even went so far as to buy a tool online. The string / nail polish method was a mess and not really consistent enough to allow me to cut a series of bottles (all at the same length) to make a chandelier. My hats off to those who’ve not only mastered the cutting technique but made some really cool things in the process.

  68. - June 16, 2013

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  69. Melissa - July 13, 2013

    Thanks so much for this! i wanted to start using recycled bottles for candle making, but I didn’t want to invest in all the blades and stuff and a glass cutter. I have all this stuff at home. Thanks!

  70. Haley - August 6, 2013

    This is great to use as wick system hydroponics. Perfect for growing your own herbs or other small plants in the house.

  71. natashalh - August 16, 2013

    Awesome!! I have the cutter and I’ve been 100% frustrated with the blow torch method. It’s awful! I can’t wait to try this method. Thank you!!

  72. Jeannette Philhower - August 20, 2013

    Ive been wanting to make candle holders from wine bottles and i found your video to cut the bottom off the bottle. when I tried it I couldnt get the acetone or the string to light. What am I doing wrong?

  73. Amanda - September 2, 2013

    Very informative info!
    Fun little tidbit about chandeliers… If it is lit by candles it’s called a candelier!

  74. Joe - September 5, 2013

    Thank you for the video … another method to cutting bottles…. Does anyone know how to cut the bottom off of the decanter bottles? as most of them are slopped / slanted to not sure how the string would stay on? not to mention the course surface. Any help would be great … thank you

  75. Une économe futée accro à la déco - March 30, 2014

    Just like my post of a few days ago! I love these!

  76. Enrico Borsani Colussi Mog - March 31, 2014

    I have seen other amazing works made by Redolab

  77. Nick - July 15, 2014

    This is a really inventive way to cut glass. What you do with the bottles afterward is totally left up to the imagination of the crafter. From what I’ve seen the sky’s the limit. :)

  78. Jenn - January 21, 2015

    I love the official “glass inspector” at 3:25. . . LOL!

  79. Carol - January 23, 2015

    No saws, hammers, hubby kibitzing!!!!

    What a clever idea!!
    I have a bunch of wine bottles and now have a reason to buy more (wine that is)


  80. Elizabeth Percy - March 8, 2015

    Well thank you it worked, not as neat at the bottom as yours but practice is needed. I have an ourside garden lamp in a bottle now;)

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  82. Girls crew - March 19, 2015

    This looks so cool and easy. We have watched this over and over and tried several times but, have yet to be successful. What are we doing wrong?

  83. Diane - April 5, 2015

    One problem people may be having is not actually using acetone nail polish remover. There are removers on the market that don’t contain acetone…maybe double-check the bottle?

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  85. Fülöp Ildikó
    Fülöp Ildikó - July 20, 2015

    It doesn’t work for me… :/

  86. Isabel Van Meirhaeghe
    Isabel Van Meirhaeghe - July 21, 2015

    I tried this yesterday and it works!

  87. RiFlo Bibi-ic
    RiFlo Bibi-ic - July 21, 2015

    I’ve built a big part of my house with bottles and it has worked for me… The main thing is to make sure it’s going from hot to cold: the temperature change is the key!!! But be careful for not cutting or burning yourself!

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