DIY: Cut and Etch Wine Bottles

DIY: Cut and Etch Wine Bottles

Anne Reagan
Feb 3, 2010

And you thought empty wine bottles were just for the recycling bin. Leave it to Plastolux to inspire us and demonstrate just how easy this bottle cutting and etching project can be.

Tyler Goodro, the creator behind Plastolux, is boundless with his many DIY and hack projects. This time around he decided to try some glass cutting using wine bottles. Living in the Washington wine country gave him plenty of access to empty wine bottles and he picked up a glass cutting kit on Ebay.

Using Ephrem's Olde Time Bottle Cutter kit Tyler was able to score the cleaned wine bottle. The bottle then goes into an ice water bath to separate the two pieces. After some sanding and smoothing the glass is ready to etch. Tyler has access to a sandblaster but glass etching kits can be found in craft stores like Michaels.

Tyler makes some great suggestions and additions to this process so be sure to read his step-by-step process. Additionally he suggests not using these glasses for drinking glasses as they still have quite an edge to them. If you feel that this DIY project may be over your head (or just don't have the time) you can purchase one from his Etsy shop (priced between $5.00 and $12.00).

Tyler has an extensive collection of his own DIY projects as well as other people's designs on his blog, DIY Modern. And be sure to read more about the man behind the blog on Apartment Therapy.

Image credit: Kim Fetrow

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