She brought us her DIY Berry White loose tea favors, and now Freshmangos shows us how to turn wine bottles into custom vases.
Can't afford vases for the wedding at $5.00 a pop? Know a few winos? Then we have the solution for you: DIY vases made from wine bottles.
What you will need:
- Wet tile saw (we had one, but you can rent them for a day from your local home hardware store)
- 200 grit sandpaper
- 100 grit sandpaper
- Safety goggles
- Safety gloves with a good grip
- Face mask
- Ear plugs
- A whole bunch of wine bottles.
- A large number of family and friends who love you dearly and will work like bees for you
Clean and de-label all of the wine bottles. Soak the bottles, then rub down the labels with steel wool and some glue remover stuff.
Set up your tile saw. Make sure water is in the tray and follow the setup instructions to a T. I did remove the guard in order to make cutting the bottles easier. [Editors Note: we totally advise against removing the guard, big ouchies.]
Cut the bottles. Your blade will not cut all the way through a bottle in a single swipe. You need to slowly roll the bottle and cut around the bottle.
My sister was too chicken to get closer to photograph the process, so this video is a good descriptor of how to cut the bottle:
Sand the cut edges first with 100 grit sandpaper. This grit will smooth it all out (a dremel with a sanding attachment will also work). Then sand the edges with the 200 grit sandpaper. This grit will create a finished edge.
Then mix and match the bottle tops and bottoms.
Be creative, don't just stick to straight cuts if you want to do more than that. I cut a lot of angle cuts, and it was a lot of work to do. I had to cut one angle, take the bottle flip it, then cut matching angle.