Introduction: 5 Things to Make From Bottles

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What to do with all those empty bottles?

Why not try bottle cutting!

In this instructable we are looking at 5 things you can make from empty glass bottles.

  • Drinking glass
  • Ashtray
  • Vase
  • Candle Holder
  • Egg Cup

There are different techniques to cut the bottles.

I personally do it this way.

I score the line with a bottle cutter and use candle and ice method to split the bottle in 2 pieces.

I heat the bottle on the candle and cool it with an ice cube, repeating the procedure until bottle splits in two pieces.


cfinley4 (author)2015-02-24

Hello I was intrigued by the candle holder in your video so I ended up making a chandelier with different size and color bottles today. It turned out quite nice feel free to ask how I did any of it!

BarbThePoirate (author)cfinley42015-10-06


ShakeTheFuture (author)cfinley42015-02-24

Wow, that's amazing!

terriilyn (author)2015-04-09

i love this video tutorial. I AM going to do alll of these ideas. thhanks so so much. you have a great personality on video.

louiser3 (author)2015-04-02

what did you use to score the bottle?

ShakeTheFuture (author)louiser32015-04-02

Ephrems bottle cutter

Archer65 (author)2015-02-23

What'd you use to drill the hole in the glass?

ShakeTheFuture (author)Archer652015-02-23

Something like this

Ceramic/tile/glass drill bit.

TY for posting the link to the drill bits....

I have been looking to buy some I was not sure what to get for my basic glass I do. 8-)

You just made my millinium!

You're welcome :)

I am sure there are better glass drill bits on the market. I got these from a dollar store/Pound land type of shop.

Archer65 (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-02-25

Thanks. I think I might actually have a couple of those. Any tips on drilling? Should I use some sort of lube/coolant?

ShakeTheFuture (author)Archer652015-02-25

This is what works for me:

Go slow and cool the bottle with the water. I usually put the bottle in the bucket of water. That will cool the glass and also prevent glass dust in the air.

Don't put too much pressure on the bottle. If I need to drill a bigger hole, I start with a smaller drill bit, then change it to a bigger one. In the video I actually used a smaller drill bit first, then changed it to bigger size.

SIRJAMES09 (author)2015-03-17


very well explained, easy to follow, & I like how you kept showing over & over how to cut the bottle...score, candle, ice. for someone who has never done this, that repetitiveness will help a lot I think.

I also like how you explained that there are many ways to do this, & that this is just your way, not the only way.

Thank you for sharing Sir. 8-)

I have found that once the score line on the bottle is heated, place the bottle under running cold water, & it will break apart in 2 seconds or less.

And as for sanding where the bottle was cut....

medium or fine sandpaper will do just as good(without the mess I saw in the video) and so will an emery board or emery paper. either of these items will make that cut area as smoothe as a baby's bottom.

One thing you forgot to mention...

you DID say this was only 5 things one can make from cutting bottles...

but in actuality, the things one can make from cutting bottles is limited only by one's own imagination.

Thanks You!

Yes indeed, there are many ways to cut/separate the bottles.

I am not sure why I have stuck with candle and ice method.

I have tried cold/hot water technique, but somehow I always come back to the candle and ice.

Maybe for the next project I will separate the bottle different way, so people can see that it's not the only way to do it.

Definitely bottle cutting is limited by your own imagination. So many things can be made.

SonjaD (author)2015-02-22

I didn't know it was that easy to cut and polish a bottle. Thanks for shsrin

SIRJAMES09 (author)SonjaD2015-03-17

cutting a bottle is just a wee bit harder than polishing your nails....not much, just a wee bit.

but polishing a cut bottle is easier than polishing your nails...especially if you use sand paper or emery paper.

Using one of these two items, will may\ke that cut as smooth as a baby's sharp edges, no burs, & nothing else that would cause you harm.

Just a very sweetly smooth surface.

ShakeTheFuture (author)SonjaD2015-02-23

Yes, it's easy.


fred3655 (author)2015-02-23

What's an ashtray?

SIRJAMES09 (author)fred36552015-03-17

I wish more people had that

ShakeTheFuture (author)fred36552015-02-23

A place to put ashes from cigarettes/cigars.

BernhardN (author)2015-02-22

This is just a list of ideas. No instruction really.

ShakeTheFuture (author)BernhardN2015-02-23

Well, it's not a picture instructable, but a video STEP BY STEP instructable.

Because I had 5 different things to show, I thought that a video will be the best option.

But now I see, that I should have done both - pictures and a video, so the crowd can choose. A lesson for the future :)

personally, I think you need to relax a bit....

I think the video explained everything did a step by step with each project, and in my opinion, the video came out fantastic!

tim_n (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-02-23

No video on the mobile version. Saw you've put a link on another comment though!

ShakeTheFuture (author)tim_n2015-02-23

Yes, thanks for confirming.

SIRJAMES09 (author)BernhardN2015-03-17

it does not take a rocket scientist to cut a bottle with a factory made bottle cutter...

personally, I fail to see where instructions are needed....unless you have never done this B4...

buy a bottle cutter, read the directions that are included in every package, start cutting bottles! oh! one more thing...


jmarie32 (author)2015-02-23

Where did you get your bottle cutter?

ShakeTheFuture (author)jmarie322015-02-24

TY for posting the link to the bottle cutter....

I'm in need of a new one, so thanks to yuo, know which one I'll buy now. 8-)

jmarie32 (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-02-24

Thank you!

blueye81 (author)2015-03-06

You forgot one thing: One-way club :-)

ShakeTheFuture (author)blueye812015-03-06

Yes, indeed :)

Rongconvn (author)2015-02-24

It's Great

ShakeTheFuture (author)Rongconvn2015-02-25


Aiesas (author)2015-02-24

Awesome!! I use mobile version and i can watch the video.. Great idea!!

ShakeTheFuture (author)Aiesas2015-02-24


Great to know that video is visible on a mobile version.


BernhardN (author)2015-02-23

There is no video.... :'(

ShakeTheFuture (author)BernhardN2015-02-23

I see! There is a video, but It might not appear on mobile phones or tablets.

I just checked mobile version of instructables with my tablet and indeed, it was not visible. Not sure why it's like that.

milesnorth (author)2015-02-22

Love seeing it instead of reading about it personally :-) Looking forward to giving some of these things a try!

Thank You!

crank_girl (author)2015-02-22

This is a suggestion list rather than an Instructable.

I know, because I had 5 things, I thought it's easier to show it with a video :)

Andsetinn (author)crank_girl2015-02-22

True and I also prefer pictures and text instead of videos, but this is still impressive and you are shown how to cut and polish a bottle. :)

tim_n (author)crank_girl2015-02-22

+1 agreed

samuraijack (author)2015-02-20


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