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Wine Bottle Planter

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Step 1: You'll Need. . .

  • An empty wine bottle (or two - it doesn't hurt to have a couple extra in case anything goes awry and to allow a few practice runs)
  • Glass cutter
  • A box or scrap wood to position your glass cutter on to help provide a straight score line
  • Fine-grit sandpaper (you could also use a Dremel or sander if you wanted to)
  • Tea kettle or pot of boiling water and source of cool/cold running water
  • Wool felt or similar fabric (undyed is suggested)
  • Small stones, marbles, or similar
  • Small plant (a hydroponic or air plant is suggested - succulents also work well (a jade plant is shown here))
  • Safety glasses

Step 2: Cutting Glass

  1. Position your glass cutter on your scrap wood or other support and score the glass bottle about 2" from the base of the neck portion. The trick is to score just once (don't keep going around and around)
  2. Place a towel or cloth in the bottom of the sink and run the cold water
  3. Hold the bottle and carefully pour hot water over the score line (make sure to wear safety glasses!)
  4. Cool the score line under the running cold water
  5. Repeat with hot and cold water until the neck portion of the bottle drops off
  6. Use the sandpaper to smooth the edges of both the base portion and neck portions of the bottle
This great video (which was posted on Make) illustrates this technique:

sat4815 months ago

Excellent guide to taking the bottom of a wine bottle. My wife has been on at me because she want to make a bespoke light fitting for the stairs and my first attempt went superb went well but after that I broke 3 bottles (good job we are alcoholics in this house) so I thought I would look on instructables for a better way to do it. Low and behold I found your guide and worked a treat every time :) Many thanks

Calelovezit2 years ago
where did I see this?
shesparticular (author)  Calelovezit2 years ago
I'm not sure what you mean? I included a link to where I saw it, but I believe they're available from a number of retailers.
Any idea where I can buy one of these? : )
shesparticular (author)  tacamaral1 year ago
The retailer where I saw them is linked above, but if you try a search for "Grow Bottle" you'll likely find others as well :)
circuitfish2 years ago
My only addition would be a note that if you're going to be using a dremel or other high-speed grinder on glass you really need to be wearing a respirator of some kind. Ground glass in your lungs is not a pleasant way to go.
shesparticular (author)  circuitfish2 years ago
Awesome point and for sure worth mentioning. Thanks!
Calelovezit2 years ago
saw it on a craft blog last month, cant remember where, Im looking! Ill let you know!
shesparticular (author)  Calelovezit2 years ago
Oh, I haven't seen this idea on any blogs, but it's a great reuse project, so that's great that others are doing it as well!
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