How to Use a Glass Bottle Cutter

Some glass bottles and jars are too beautiful to toss in the trash or recycling bin, but what do you do with them? An inexpensive bottle cutter can transform ordinary glass containers into beautiful vases, tumblers, candle holders or lamp bases.

Bottle cutters are sold in hobby shops and online—you'll need one in order to score the glass properly. A good bet for bottle-cutting beginners are basic wine bottles made from medium-weight glass. It's preferable to remove labels before cutting, but since removing a label can be time-consuming, you can cut the bottle first to ensure the cut is successful. If working with a vintage bottle, you might first remove any scratches.

Tools & Materials

  • Round glass jar or bottle
  • Bottle cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Hot water
  • Cold water
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Copper tape (optional)
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Under $20

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