Cut the Craft: Beer Bottles into Drinking Glasses

by Whitney on April 20, 2012

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Wow!  Welcome back to Cut the Craft!  You must have really liked last week’s craft to have returned again.  Good for you.  That shows excellent judgement on your part.  Well done.

This week’s craft is called “Beer Bottles into Drinking Glasses“, or as I also like to call it behind its back, “An Excuse to Drink.”  This craft is perfect for all you drunks out there who don’t know what to do with all those really cool beer/wine/vodka bottles you have laying around.  We’re not freshmen in college (and if you are, no offense) so lining them up on top of our kitchen cabinet so we can brag about the all the handles we take down in a weekend.  Cool bro. Moving on.

I was able to trace this craft from the pinboards of Pinterest back to its original source.  They gave shady directions (not much elaboration) so I also watched a couple of YouTube videos to supplement my knowledge.  Luckily I’m such a good explainer that you all won’t have this problem.  So hold tight kids because we get to drink and set things on fire.  Lets do this.

BEER BOTTLES INTO DRINKING GLASSES

(or…An Excuse to Drink)

Materials

  • Empty beer/wine/vodka bottle (they used Absolut bottles but since I tried this craft out on a Monday I hadn’t finished off my weekly handle yet so I went with an old wine bottle I had been saving for no reason what so ever). Free if you have it on hand, or however much the alcohol you drink costs
  • 100% Acetone nail polish remover (HAS to be 100% Acetone…otherwise you will try many times, and fail many times) $2.00
  • 100% cotton yarn. Not twine.  Won’t work.  Trust me.  $1.50
  • Sandpaper.  Pretty sure the grain doesn’t matter but I went with a pretty small grain. $2.00
  • Scissors, you probably have these lying around so they’re free.
  • Cold water.  I used my bathtub for this mainly because I don’t have a way to plug my kitchen sink.  Slob. I know. Free
  • Fire.  Also free.
  • Modgepodge (optional) $5 (about)

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut a length of yarn that will wrap around your bottle five or six times

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Yes, that’s a Chaucer’s Mead bottle…Yes I’m an English Dork

  • Soak yarn in some acetone

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  • Wrap yarn around the bottle where you would like to break to be made and tie.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS. If you don’t YOU WILL SET YOUR HANDS ON FIRE.
  • Light the sucker on fire.
  • Hold the bottle straight up and continue to rotate it until the fire extinguishes.

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  • -After the fire is out immediately dunk the bottle into the cold water.
  • -The top part of the bottle should pop right off.  Pop!

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  • Dry bottle off and use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

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  • -Brag to all your friends about how amazingly awesome, talented and creative you are.  BOOM.
  • -If you want to keep the label on slap a little modgepodge over it and allow to dry.

Theirs

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Look how smooth those edges are! How did they do that?

Mine

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Yes those are wine corks, inside of a wine bottle, inside of a wine box…see what I did there?

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The verdict

This craft took me several attempts to get right.  I blame it on the fact that I wasn’t using 100% acetone nail polish remover.  Whoops.  Learn from my mistakes.  Anywho.  After getting the correct nail polish remover I found this to be very easy and I started popin’ and crackin’ bottles let and right. Hence why I’ve been calling this “an excuse to drink” so much.  Get it?  Good.  To be honest, my bottles didn’t break as smoothly as the ones online.  Mine were crazy jagged after breaking them, which was fine because I was able to sand them down pretty easily, but mine also had some fracture marks along the bottle.   Even though this didn’t turn out exactly like the ones I saw online but I still love it!  I’ve now got a wine bottle vase, a 1664 beer bottle toothbrush holder and a Bud Platinum tea light-how awesome!?  Side note*I did find that some bottles were harder to crack than the others, this depends on the thickness of the bottles.  I’ve found all varieties of Bud to break super easy.

I cut the craft and found that although the final product wasn’t as picture perfect as the ones online, it was a fiery success.

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Whitney is a graduate of Trinity College, where she majored and minored in English (she really liked the English classes), and will be a bantam until the day she dies. She currently works in the field of privacy (though she has no concept of it) and moonlights as a JV Volleyball coach. She is an unapologetic Harry Potter fan who loves ponies, baking,sunshine, and anything that sparkles. She doesn't have any snuggly pets (yet!) but she absolutely adores her fish Frederick (always Frederick, never Fred), and Zumi (short for Zoom Zoom Zoom You Make My Heart Go Boom Boom). Whitney dreams of one day being an actress, a spy, or an actress who plays a spy, but is happy with where she's at and what she's doing. For now.
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