Make Drinking Glasses from Recycled Wine Bottles

A few years ago, I bought my twenty something nephew and his lovely girlfriend, some glasses made from wine bottles, at an etsy store. I’ve been dying to make some ever since. So after a little trial and error, I did it. All in all, it was pretty simple to making drinking glasses from recycled wine bottles.

Completed glasses - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

I had been gathering bottles for a couple of months. One thing I wish I had done right away was remove the labels. This was truly the hardest, and most frustrating part of the project. I’ll save you some trouble. Use turpentine, it was the only thing that worked well for me.

Scoring the bottle - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

I purchases a Bottle Cutter from Amazon for around $16. This one had to be assembled but the directions were easy. All you have to do is score the bottle at the height you want. This varies from bottle to bottle, and all you have to do is loosen the wing nuts and slide the bar up and down to your desired height.

I’m right-handed, so I kept pressure with my right hand and used my left hand to turn the bottle.

Breaking the Bottle

Next is the cool part. I tried using the two bucket method, described in the bottle cutter directions, but that did not work for me. Instead I used this the following method I found in this video.

Caution: You should wear protective eyewear just in case.

Scoring the bottle - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

Place towels in the sink or a plastic bucket with some water like we did here. Then pour boiling water on the score mark, while turning the bottle over the sink.

Running cold water on scored line - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

Then running cold water on the score mark while turning the bottle again. Sometimes it will break right away. Others required a few repeated steps of boiling and cold water.

Bottle piece breaking off - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

You may hear a crackle and then, boom, the bottom falls into the bucket.

Running cold water on scored line - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

A couple of them did not break evenly and cracked through the glass. I can only guess that I did not to a good job of scoring.

Running cold water on scored line - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

The bottle cutter came with some sanding paper so you can sand the edges.

Finished glass - Making Wine Bottle Glasses -

I ended up with 5 of seven bottles that are usable. I’m even thinking of turning the bad ones into candles like my friend Tanya of Lovely Greens did.  Don’t they look beautiful with the wooden wicks?

This just might be one of my favorite projects. I would definitely try this one again.

This tutorial shows you how to make drinking glasses from recycled wine bottles. The process is easier than you think. -



About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. How did you get the edges smooth enough so as not to cut you when you drink out of them?

  2. Hi Patti. I like your idea. I have a lot of empty wine bottles at home and I have no idea really how to recycle them. I think this is an interesting project and I’d like to try it this January. I hope to learn more exciting DIY crafts from your blog.

    • Hi Briana,

      I’m so glad you like this project. I was surprisingly easy once I got the hang of it. Now I’ll be sneaking empty bottles from my friends and families at the end of the night. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy New Year!

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