Make vases out of wine bottles using fire and twine

Guestpost by ChaeBird on Apr 25th

Remember when Homie ChaeBird took a chicken to the vet? Now she's back to tell us about turning wine bottles into vases using fire, instead of using dangerous power tools.

6There have been lots of tutorials on Pinterest about how to turn wine bottles into vases or tumblers.

Some of our dear friends are getting married, and wanted to try it out as possible DIY reception decor. So I volunteered our space to experiment with glass bottles and fire.

Turns out this wine bottle trick works pretty well!

What you need:

  • Bottles
  • Kitchen twine
  • Acetone (nail polish remover)
  • Bucket of ice water
  • Lighter

What we did:

Cut a length of kitchen twine long enough to wrap around the bottle four or five times. Then soak it in acetone(nail polish remover). Wrap the twine around the bottle, tie it in place, and light. Make sure your fingers are a safe distance away from the flaming twine.


Rotate the bottle quickly and evenly, so the flames run around the length of twine. This may take a few minutes, and you should be able to turn the bottle a good half-dozen times before the flames die down. Once the flames go out, immediately immerse the bottle in the bucket of ice water, with the neck pointing down.


The bottle should separate into two pieces with a loud "crack!"


Our first couple of attempts yielded somewhat uneven and rough edges, but after a bit of practice, the bottles started separating cleanly.




Obviously the edges will need to be sanded and smoothed, but overall we were all very impressed by how well this method worked.

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Lapsed anthropologist-turned-burlesque performer and post-modern punk housewife/homesteader living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a hunky husband, adorable corgi, fluffy rabbit, and four clucking fabulous chickens.