Ok so heres the deal.. I found this great DIY, but it is def a bit of a difficult one.. and if you are clumsy and accident prone as I am you will definitely want to employ the help of a strong and steady hand ( aka : father, boyfriend or very patient roommate or friend :)haha ) but if your a big wine drinker and love candles and crafts this one could definitely be for you! This is also a great idea for Brides on a Budget!! Centerpieces, gifts ect.. so many uses you cant go wrong.. so grab a glass of wine (or 4) then, roll up your sleeves (preferably after the buzz is worn off mind you) and get to crafting ..
* A bottle cutter here .$40 may be a bit steep for you but if you plan on using this for a Wedding craft it will surly pay for its self.
Step one: Clean the bottles and soak them to remove the labels. Some will peel off easily, some will scrape off, but you should NOT use the X-Acto knife. Otherwise, you’ll cut yourself. Goo gone or similar products do the trick.
Step two: Score the bottles using the bottle cutter. This is a great place to employ those strong steady hands. Remember to maintain pressure on the bottle towards the back end of the bottle cutter. The lines should be even and match up with each other at the end.
Step three: Get in touch with your inner pyromaniac. Slowly rotate the scored line of the bottle over a candle flame. Maintain inward pressure on the bottle (gently gripping and pushing the neck and the dimple/bottom rim toward the center). A great system of 2 sloooow rotations over the flame combined with step four.
Step four: Break out the ice. Take an ice cube and quickly make your way around the scored edge to quickly cool the bottle.
Step five: Repeat steps three and four as necessary. Often the bottle will sort of slide off the edges.
Here is the finished product!
This takes a fair amount of patience. DO NOT try to force the bottle. You’ll end up with rough edges, glass shards and a ruined bottle. Bottles range in thickness so some bottles will be easier than others. Seriously, only tackle this project if you are either A) blessed with patience or B) willing to learn patience
I recommend only tackling a case of bottles at a time, because it does get tiring and they add up over time.
I’m excited, because I don’t think I’ll ever buy a votive holder again. “Found” elements are important to me and I’m glad I could give these bottles a second chance at life!
GoodLuck and Be Careful!