Introduction: Open a Bottle of Wine With a Piece of String.

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Learn how to open a bottle of wine with a piece of string, remove the cork in one piece. The is an awesome party trick that I have heard has cost people up to $200 to learn "I bet you I can open this wine with this piece of string"...."how much?" ...."$200"...

It's also useful on picnics on boats.

Most likely you'll use this instructable to drink other people's wine for free.

"If i open your bottle with this piece of string, can I have a cup?"

Step 1: Remove the Cork Cover...

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tear off that pesky cork covering thing.

Step 2: Push the Cork Into the Bottle

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youve probably done this bit before in that desperate attempt to open you vino on a camping trip.

using a pen or a bolt works fine (just push it in slowly to prevent wine spilling out)

I've seen the hardest core of people do this with ninja finger tricks. If you support your pinky with your other hand you can push it in with your pinky. This might hurt a little, but you'll feel real bad-ass...

Step 3: Tie a Stopper Knot in Your Piece of String.

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A fairly stiff piece of string works best, but any piece will do in a pinch. if it's floppy you will require more patience in the next step.

The best stopper knot generally is the figure 8 knot. Look at this sequence of images to learn to tie it. You can use this knot everywhere. It is easier to untie later than an ordinary overhand stopper knot... Re-use your string.

Step 4: Slide the Knot End of String Down the Side of the Cork...

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This is the tricky bit. Push the string down the inside of the bottle until the stopper knot falls below the bottom of the cork. You may need to use a pen or finger to push the string. This is why a stiffer string is better. it sometimes helps to tip the bottle one way or the other...

Step 5: Carefully Pull the String and Cork Into the Launch Position...

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Carefully pull the string and cork up until the cork is engaged in the mouth of the bottle and the stopper knot sits below the bottom of the cork...

Step 6: Pull the Cork Out!

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Step 7: Boast, Toast, Drink and Enjoy...

You now have bad ass party trick boasting rights. Drink responsibly.


smokebox (author)2015-06-16

Another benefit, you get the cork back to recap the bottle.

FrozenIce (author)2012-03-08

haha soo badass!

jstewart-1 (author)2011-10-15

I am putting a piece of string and a strong pen into my purse right now, for the next time I go camping with my wine appreciating friend! Thanks!

ilpug (author)2011-08-27

Must do this for money...

iectyx3c (author)2010-12-20

What is this "coark" and "boddle" you speak of ? I looked on all sides of my box, but could only find laminated paper flaps and a plastic screw cap. And I've been known to pay up to $2 USD for a fine month-old vintage.

XaqFixx (author)iectyx3c2011-06-14

Month old? That is some highfalutin stuff right there, Tuesday was a great vintage.

ilpug (author)XaqFixx2011-08-27

^love it.

somerwaters (author)2006-10-11

that's so rad, my children wil teach it to their children's children for the time when there are no more corkscrews in the world, after doomsday...

DIY-Guy (author)somerwaters2010-07-05

Wonderful survival "with string" technique! The 'doomsday' spoken of may be what our grandparents called 'the great depression.' If so, 'the greater depression' to come might be so bad that it leaves us wishing we had a piece of string to open a corked bottle with. Question: Where do I get wine if all I can afford is to scrounge a piece of string? Or, if wine is consumeable and needs to be replenished... wouldn't I be wise to store a permanent tool, the corkscrew? It could be passed on from one generation to another. But the wine would need to be purchased again and again. Summary: this string trick works for those who go camping (or partying) unprepared! Lessons learned: Always invite a Boy Scout or survivalist that has a Swiss Army knife with a corkscrew when you want to drink wine.

bowow0807 (author)DIY-Guy2011-08-11

well in doomsday wine might be the only drink-safe liquid, back in the middle ages people drank wine and beer because the water wasn't safe to drink

another doomsday naysayer? jeeze how many are there?

o0doll_face0o (author)2011-08-05

i dont drink a lot of wine but ill sooo remember this for parties:) also world market has this peach carbonated beverage they cork (angry face) so i can try that !
Now everyone go ahead and laugh at the liteweight.....

TracesDad (author)2011-08-04

The better wording would be, " i bet i can get this cork out with only this string"
This way, you leave yourself open to use whatever tool you wish to push the cork INTO the bottle as long as you use the string to take the cork OUT

ricklow (author)2011-08-02

Great idea!

Leaffall72 (author)2011-07-31

This is great!!

kyle59 (author)2011-07-31

Good trick! if you bet me a glass that you could do it I'd likely give you the entire bottle not only because I was impressed but also because you stuck a bunch of foreign objects in my wine! ;) all kidding aside well done.

jimmyrsabig (author)2011-07-31


evogel1 (author)2011-06-14

if you're going to push the cork into the bottle, why go the extra (harder) steps to take the cork out? (unless it is a bar bet) isn't the goal to get the wine out? with the cork pushed in, that's completed.

raoult (author)2006-09-08

hmmmn. . . neat trick, but sounds a bit tedious.
try this one on for size (great for camping trips)

hold the bottle of wine firmly a few inches from the base in your good hand and hit the bottom of the bottle sharply (and squarely) against the trunk of a tree. this will force the cork out of the opening of the bottle. you can usually open a bottle of wine with three or four strikes. the cork will come out gradually, so you can get it to the point where you can pull it out, rather than having it jump out at you.

*requisite words of warning:
1) wine bottles are made of glass.
2) people have a soft outer coating.

now, I have probably opened close to 100 bottles throughout my life using this method (I enjoy camping), but I *have* broken two, and one time I sliced my hand a bit. (hence the "hold the bottle towards the base where the glass is thicker") both times, it was a thin, cheap bottle.

all in all, I feel those are pretty good odds.

if you find this tip useful, please pass it along at your next campout.

DIY-Guy (author)raoult2010-07-05

Do you mean "squarely" at a right angle, or parallel? I see two versions of 'square' in my mind. A. Parallel to the side of the bottle lengthwise. and B. Flat across the horizontal base of the bottom of the bottle, the short side. Which one? Thanks!

Kryptonite (author)DIY-Guy2010-07-14

Squarely: with a good thorough amount of force, but not too much. :D

I see Three but it gets complicated...

lanceearlhaines (author)raoult2010-07-04

awesome tip

Lee Wilkerson (author)2010-01-28

Cool trick! Can't wait to start earning money with it. B)
Actually, if I have no corkscrew I have found that a combination of drywall screws (I recommend 2) and pliers or a claw hammer works really well. And I almost always have the screws and pliers. Used this method once when I broke the corkscrew.


That's pretty sketch, especially if this isn't your first bottle of the night.

Redgerr (author)thingygoboom2010-07-07

not terribly SKETCHY, its normal to find ways to open it if you dont have a corkscrew :)

lemonie (author)2006-12-09

Only last week we found that the cork-screw had been stolen from limo', this would have been really useful! Then again we didn't have any string either...

maxim1982 (author)lemonie2010-02-04


dirty shoe laces? only if i was starving or in a desert.

And all you had was wine?

lemonie (author)maxim19822010-02-04

2006? Well, that was a long time ago, thanks for the memory.
Yes probably.


Jarvinho (author)2006-11-23

This is the same doomesday, afer which there will only be cockroaches and duct tape?

thingygoboom (author)Jarvinho2010-07-07

You forgot twinkies in Cold War bunkers.

DIY-Guy (author)Jarvinho2010-07-05

Cockroaches are forever. Duct tape has a limited shelf life and goes bad before 'the day' arrives. Every time.

lanceearlhaines (author)Jarvinho2010-07-04

no tape just cockroaches. nay to the naysayer.

audelan (author)2010-07-05

Excellente idée! Merci beaucoup je vais m'acheter une bouteille et ... un morceau de cordelette.

nwzhnd (author)2010-07-05

Damn! I've spent years of wine drinking when this would have saved my friends and I from using half-assed methods and sifting cork between our teeth. I bow to your expertise. Now I've got to rush out and buy a bottle of vino to practice on....

ntgrater (author)2010-07-04

you can do the same thing with a plastic grocery bag. i have found the affect to be much more impressive. Try it!!

westfw (author)2006-09-07

Isn't the wine "open" after step 2?

krusty (author)westfw2006-09-10

LOL!! You know, You're right!! Best comment ever!

lanceearlhaines (author)krusty2010-07-04

i recommend serving the whole bottle lol.

yousetmeonfire (author)westfw2006-09-19

Have you ever tried to pour a bottle of wine with the cork still in it? Technically it's open, but when you pour, the cork goes back to the opening, and hardly lets any wine out. Silly!

zachninme (author)yousetmeonfire2006-10-21

That is the reccomended serving, so you should always just push it in.

walkie74 (author)2007-05-11 you *do* have to push the cork in all the way? Or not? The pic makes it look like the cork is wedged in the neck of the bottle. How do you get the string past that??

lanceearlhaines (author)walkie742010-07-04

read it!

blackfister (author)2007-06-16

what? you go around parties with your cord? better take a wine opener, it will be much classy. It looks much better than a piece of cord, at least people woth throw pennies at you. ;)

the instructable is for the times when everyone has forgotten an opener and you are camping or boating far away from any stores or home. Get out once in a while!

erqua (author)2007-11-11

I don't get it. You already pushed the cork into the bottle. At that point, the bottle is already "opened" (with the cork inside the bottle). Why can't you just drink it then? Why go to the trouble of removing the cork from the bottle? Why not just leave it inside? If you worried about the dirty cork floating inside, well, the inside (bottom) surface of the cork has already been in contact for a very long time. You can cut off the top (exposed part) of the cork with a knife before you push it in.

lanceearlhaines (author)erqua2010-07-04

no you can't cut the cork top off! it is even with or recessed below the top of the bottle. How many bottles of wine have you opened? perhaps if you used that shoe trick to pop it out a bit but then why not pop it all the way out?

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