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How To: Cut a bottle without shattering it using household items.


Hi folks!

Many of my friends have asked me how I managed to cut a wine bottle without shattering it. I’ve been promising a tutorial for a while, and now that I have this blog up I figure it’s time I kept my word!

I will be doing this a lot over the next few months with the wedding planning, so stay tuned for more pictures! I only have the “after” photo today, but I will add more as I do this more often, and with different size/shaped bottles.

You will need these items:



Cotton Twine (yarn would probably work also)

Acetone Nail Polish Remover (this will NOT work if your nail polish remover doesn’t have acetone in it)

A lighter/matches

220 fine grit sandpaper

A sink full of water

(I also recommend safety glasses and a fire extinguisher………..juuuuuust in case)

If you follow these steps exactly, there should be no hiccups and your bottle should cut just fine.

Step one. Wrap the twine around the widest point of the bottle about 6 or 7 times and tie it off, and cut off any excess ends. You want it to be fairly tight on the bottle, but not so tight that you can’t slide it off somewhat easily.

Fill a small bowl (I just used the cap) with nail polish remover. Slide the twine off of the bottle, keeping the shape, and soak it in the liquid for about 15-20 seconds so that it’s nice and soaked.

Remove the twine from the liquid and slide it back onto the bottle, put it in the spot that you want the bottle to cut at. Wipe bottle with a damp papertowel or washcloth so that you remove any acetone that dripped on it while you were putting the twine back on.

Fill your kitchen sink up with cold water and put your safety glasses on.

Holding the bottle over the sink, with the bottle top down and the bottom of the bottle up, you want to light the twine on fire. This next part is IMPORTANT!!!

While the twine is on fire, it’s important to rotate the bottle so that the twine gets a nice, even burn. Let the twine burn until the flame goes out, this should take a minute or two. Remember, keep rotating the bottle the whole time.

When the flame goes out, submerse the bottle into the cold water. You will hear a “POP” when the glass separates.

Remove from the water, and sand down the edges. (I recommend wearing gloves while doing this) It’s important to use a fine grit sandpaper for this. I used 220 because that’s what I had on hand, but you could use a finer grit if you wanted. Anything too rough and you will damage the glass.

The end result should look like this depending on where you cut your glass –

Wine Bottle - How To