Recycle wine bottles into handmade candles
There are a few ways to cut glass bottles. Most of the methods I’ve seen use flammable materials and fire which I’m happy to stay away from, thanks. I’ve found that using the Diamond Tech Crafts G2 Bottle Cutter makes things pretty easy though. The tool creates a perfect score around the glass so that when the bottle is alternately exposed to heat and cold the bottle breaks cleanly around the line.
When the bottle separates, you can use the lower half as a glass, vase, crafts storage, or my favorite — as a candle container.
For the full tutorial including information on the candle wax and wood wicks visit the original post here. You’ll need to gather some materials before you begin though. Yes, buying in a few bottles of decent wine counts as project preparation! The rest of the items you need are below:
Materials you’ll need for this project
- 4-5 empty wine bottles, cleaned and with labels removed (a few extra would be wise for ‘just in case’)
- Diamond Tech Crafts G2 Bottle Cutter
- Digital Thermometer – I can’t recommend this one enough: OXO Good Grips Digital Instant Read Thermometer but this one is less expensive
- Sandpaper (included in the set for the Bottle Cutter)
- Soy Wax – this should be enough for four to five candles: CandleScience All Natural Soy Candle Wax
- Wooden Wicks or alternately you can use traditional wicks – here’s a bag from the same manufacturers as the soy wax I recommend above: CandleScience Natural Candle Wicks
- Adhesive – glue gun, Blue-tak, or similar
- Optional: Candle fragrance. These bottles of fragrance are specifically designed to work with the bag of soy wax above. Mix one of the 1oz bottles included in this set with the entire 2lb bag and you’re ready to go: CandleScience Candle Scent Classics Fragrance Sampler
- Optional: Essential oils – unfortunately, essential oils smell pretty in candles when they’re cold but tend to not provide very much throw (fragrance) when lit. If you do want to use them, measure enough liquid in weight to match 7-8% of your total recipe weight. You’ll need a kitchen scale for this and with two lbs of soy wax aim for approximately 36 grams or 1.25 oz.