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How to Upcycle Glass Bottles into Glass Tumblers

In this blog post I am going to show you how to make some funky table glasses from bottles. A niftty DIY project that will help you reduce your waste and give you quirky new glasses to use in your home!

You will need the following supplies:

  • Glass bottle
  • String
  • Lighter fluid
  • Lighter
  • Sink full of ice water
  • Sandpaper

This project involves fire and lighter fluid so please be sure the safety cap on your lighter fluid bottle is secure at all times when it is not in use. Please also take precautions to protect yourself at all times, wearing heat proof gloves and safety goggles where appropriate.

Step One

Tie the string around the bottle where you want the top of your glass to be, and tie a knot, securing it very tightly.

Wrap the string around the bottle again 4-6 times and tie another tight knot. Cut the ends of the string off.

Take the string off the bottle and place in a cup or dish. Pour the lighter fluid into the cup generously so that the string is fully soaked.

Place the string back around the bottle so that it is in the right position and it is wrapped tightly.

Fill the sink with ice cold water.

Step 2

Now here comes the dangerous part. Hold the bottle horizontally over the sink and carefully light the string. This will immediately give a big flame so be careful not to take your eyebrows off!

Slowly rotate the bottle holding it with a hand at each end. Keep doing this for around 1 minute, or until the flame begins to die.

Step 3

Drop the bottle into the ice cold water and the glass should immediately crack.

Step 4

Using the sand paper, sand the rim of the glass until it is smooth. Be carfeul here, the glass will be very sharp until you sand it down.

Voila! Awesome homemade upcycled glasses.

We hope you have fun making these funky glasses and please take care at all times. Why not share your masterpieces with us on Facebook and Twitter?

Liz Wheelen

Liz Wheelen

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Liz Wheen looked after the website and the Preloved community. She was constantly dreaming up new ways to help you win prizes and save money.