Day 63 – DIY Corona Glasses


I cannot even tell you how excited I was when I found this pin explaining how simple it is to cut glass bottles. For our first anniversary, my husband signed us up for a glassblowing class. It was awesome and we had a great time. As we were leaving, one of the artists was turning Corona bottles into drinking glasses for a friend’s wedding gift. I was wondering why these glasses weren’t one of the projects we could choose from that day. I left there thinking that Corona glasses could only be made by the glassblowers and their fancy equipment. Apparently I was wrong.

You can cut glass bottles at home using materials you probably already have on hand.


glass bottles
nail polish remover
sink full of ice water


1. Wrap the cotton yarn around your bottle 5-6 times, tie and cut ends. You can also braid three pieces together and tie that around the bottle. I actually had better results using the braided yarn.

2. Slide yarn off of the bottle.
3. Dip yarn in nail polish remover. I filled a bowl with nail polish remover and let the yarn sit in it for a few seconds to make sure it was fully saturated.
4. Slide the wet yarn back onto the bottle. NOTE: The bottle will be cut wherever you place the yarn, so make sure it is as straight as possible.
5. Holding the bottle sideways from the mouth, light the yarn on fire.Β  ****Please please be careful!**** Only the wet yarn will be lit on fire and the flame is very well controlled.
6. Rotate the bottle in circles as the yarn is on fire for 20-30 seconds so that all parts of the bottle warm evenly.
7. Holding each end of the bottle, submerge in cold water and watch the bottle parts separate.
8. Use sand paper to smooth rough edges.

The hardest part about this project is getting the cut in the right spot. Because the Corona logo goes up so high, you don’t have much room to work with. The glass on the neck of the bottle is thicker and harder to cut using this method, so it took a few tries for me to get the desired results. It was worth it though!

You can make more than just drinking glasses. Think vases and candle holders too! This method is supposed to work on wine bottles too, though I haven’t tried those yet.

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232 Comments… Share your views

  1. Cool project! I’m actually drinking a Corona as I read this. Haha!

  2. Wow that looks so easy! thanks for posting I am def. gonna try this project

  3. i can’t believe that this one worked!

  4. I have tried this and none of the bottles I tried this on broke cleanly. Sometimes the bottle didn’t break at all. Any suggestions?

    • I had problems with my bottles not breaking when I was using cold water and not ice water. Adding the ice definitely helped. Also, the braided yarn was better too because I think it concentrates the heat better. Good luck!

      • I used ice water and braided the yarn and everything but it didn’t even crack :/ maybe I was using a thicker bottle or something but it barely left a mark.

        • Mine didnt work either the first few times. I did notice that letting the flame go out on it’s own won’t make it crack. Count for thirty seconds and then dip it in the ice water while there is still a flame. After trying over and over again, this worked. GOOD LUCK!!!!! It’s so cool. I’m making sets for people for christmas.

          • Have a candle lit and spin slowly over the flame…it helps to keep the flame fr going out before taking it to ice water…the greater temp difference the better!

          • I used two braided pieces wrapped around each other, let it soak for a long time, then slowly turned while holding it over a flame because the fire went out the first few tries and then I dipped it in the ice water after about 40 seconds. It was still on fire when I dipped it and the water was very cold and full of ice. This didn’t come anywhere close to working. The bottle never even cracked. I did everything right, and tried 4 times. This simply does not work. I even tried a different kind of nail polish remover. The only thing I didn’t change was the bottle which I made sure was back to room temperature before trying again. If it had cracked even a little I would have said it was the bottle, but nothing happened at all.

          • if the nail polish isn’t working for you guys use alcohol πŸ™‚ i just don’t know how to get it to stop cracking down past the cut πŸ™ help

  5. I have some Rolling Rock bottles set aside to do this as a summer project. The thing I’m most worried about is sanding the edge until it’s smooth enough to drink out of . Did you have any difficulty with that?

  6. I would love to try this. It seems a little scary tho! I think I may have to make the boyfriend do it for me. Thanks for posting it!

  7. What kind of nail polish remover did you use? With or without acetone?

  8. Samantha Jaennette May 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    our yarn is not caching on fire!! what are we doing wrong πŸ™

  9. when lighting the yarn on fire is it scary? i of course was reading the nail polisher remover and it says very flammable, so i’m hesitate about doing this!!

    • I was definitely nervous too at first! It is a very controlled flame though. I held the bottle by the mouth as far away from me as possible the first time I did it because I didn’t know what to expect. There are actually videos of it on YouTube that you could check out so you can see what it looks like in action before you try it.

  10. im using the corona light and having troubles it’s not cracking any suggestions??

  11. I tried this with two bottles, soaked the braided yarn in nail polish, let burn for 20/30 seconds, submerged in ice water, and neither broke evenly, they cracked all down the sides πŸ™

  12. What about liquor bottles?

  13. Did this tonight with wine bottles. No yarn, no nail polish remover. Just razor blade around where u want it to break, hot water first then ICE cold. Rotate a few times & it will break.

  14. I am so excited about this, I was going to buy a set of these glasses on ebay, but they were TOO MUCH!!!! Thanks for the tutorial, now I just have to get over the scary fire feeling! πŸ˜‰

  15. I tried this with a gin bottle (Bombay) and couldn’t get it to even start to crack/break. Tried twice with braided yarn and probably had it lit for at least 30 minutes. Didn’t even leave a mark on the bottle. πŸ™

  16. How amazing! Brilliant idea, thank you for sharing. I’m sure to give it a go x

  17. im gonna try this, what kind of sandpaper is bext to use? are the edges sharp at all?

  18. This DID NOT work for me. I tried a few different methods. First I tried string instead of yarn. Nothing. Then I tried the yarn but I braided it like you said. Nothing. I first used cold water. No dice. Then I tried refilling the sink with cold water and adding a lot of ice. No dice. Also my string/yarn kept going out before the sting/yarn had been on fire for 20 seconds. And each time the yarn/string had been soaking for at least a minute. HELP!?

    • What type of yard are you using? I wonder if that might have something to do with it. If it won’t stay lit, it definitely won’t break. Try cotton yarn. I had the best results with that. I hope you are able to get it to work! It can be a frustrating process, but it’s worth it!

  19. Can you do this with a wine bottle ? I wanted to make a few flower vases

  20. do you think rubbing alcohol would work instead of nailpolish remover? In a house full of guys we don’t have any remover here.

  21. I used Turpenoid…aka turpentine. Worked just as well. My issue was that no matter how straight I laid the string, it wouldn’t pop off in a straight line. Am going to try scoring the bottle with a razor first and then try it again. Your directions were great though
    People who are having trouble: try using different types of glass. I had success with Coke bottles. Different thicknesses and materials in the glass might not work as well. Don’t give up. ALSO, you don’t need to use ICE water. I used just regular cold tap water. Filled the sink and then, after I had the bottle lit for 30 seconds, just submerged it. Popped right off.

  22. I love this idea I’m going to attempt this n hopefully they make perfect fathers day gifts for the special guys in my life

  23. I first read this on Pinterest several weeks ago and have since cut many wine bottles into glasses, vases, (cut off the bottom to make) candle holders/lanterns for outdoors. So simple! I’m not sure why some of the posters have had trouble…? Only once or twice have I had a bottle leave a vertical crack when it ‘broke’. So far so good, though I use those two for vases.

  24. This really does work!! Wonderful results!

  25. this shit does NOT work.

  26. Here are a few things I figured out after some trial and error. I too was having problems with my bottles not breaking.
    1. Nylon string worked better than cotton for me. I braided it in various sizes and a 1/4″ width worked best for me.
    2. 100% pure acetone (found in the nail care section) was the critical piece for me. Nail polish remover has other ingredients in it and did not burn long enough or hot enough.
    3. Let it burn until the acetone burns off. For me this was closer to 45-60 seconds.
    4. Use a course grit sandpaper to even things out and then a waterproof, extra fine grain sandpaper to finish the edges.

    I made these for me sis-in-law’s birthday and they turned out awesome once I figured out how to do it. I hope my trials and errors help someone else be able to do this project a little bit easier!

  27. Did a couple of bottles tonight and I have to say it is a little trial and error. Did both beer and glass bottles. Some were easier than others. I think the key is getting the string or yarn which ever you use to stay lit long enough. Can’t wait to make more!

  28. OH MY GOD! I love this! I’m definitely making these!! Quick question! Do you have to use yarn? Or can you use thin string/ rope (same size as yard) i didn’t know if it has to do with the material inside the yarn or not.

    • I haven’t tried anything besides yarn, but it’s worth a shot! I think someone else commented that they used a different type of string and it worked for them. Good luck!

  29. If you wash it does the label come off?

  30. Wow, this is such a cool project! It’s a pity my boyfriend threw all the bottles from his last beer-advent-calender away. Some of them were so amazing, I’d love to reuse them as glasses. Wish I’d have discovered this sooner! Anyway, thanks for sharing, I’ll keep this project in mind! πŸ™‚

  31. My boys and I are currently trying this. We found that yes the braid works better and it did take us a few times till we mastered it .. One trick we found is do n0t wait to submerge under cold ice water until the flame goes out. . Flame for 30-40 seconds then quickly submerge in water while flame is still going..:) thanks for the idea!!

  32. Hope you are wet-sanding…glass dust is dangerous to breathe into your lungs!

  33. I tried 10+ times, nothing. I SOAKED the braided cotton yarn in highly flammable nail polish remover and the fire would go out after 15ish seconds. The fire looked like it was dancing or something, it didn’t look like a normal, calm fire. There was not even a mark on the bottle either. (I used wine bottles)

    • I haven’t tried wine bottles yet, but check the thickness of the glass. I found that I couldn’t get this to work on the neck of the bottle because the glass was too thick there.

  34. At first glance I was a bit sceptical because I wasn’t sure if this would work, and when I first tried it didn’t πŸ™ …HOWEVER when I added hand sanitizer to the mix it worked perfectly!!! πŸ˜€

  35. I just did five bottles of various types for the very first time and all of them worked like a charm!! First couple were a little scary but they all came out great!!

  36. Can you substitute anything other than nail polish remover?

  37. Hi!
    Just wondering how many failed attemps you had? I’ve got 3 from 3 broken bottles. I know practice makes perfect but just want to check I am doing it right?

    • Only one of mine cracked so badly that I couldn’t use it. The others just took a while to break. I have read that the extreme heat to extreme cold is what can cause them to splinter and shatter. You might want to try using just cold water without ice and see if that works any better. Good luck!

  38. This is incredible. I can’t wait to try it!

    • It will work, the idea is to use a flammable liquid. Such as 97% alcohol or beauty grade acetone, a natural fibre string or yarn undyed and a fairly long period of burn into extremely cold water. It helps if the room you are working in is warm. I went from a very warm kitchen to a bucket of ice water outside. It took some dancing but did work. Please remember to use eye protection and wet/dry sandpaper under water.

  39. I have to suspect that this is a practical joke. Tried 3 times. Nothing cracked. Nothing broke. In fact, nothing happened at all. I’m looking for the hidden camera, now…

  40. What is the best way (method) to smoothing the edges good? I would like to use them as drinking glasses but I would like for it to be safe.

  41. Could I use pure acetone??? I don’t have nail polish remover

  42. What an awesome idea!

  43. I tried this and it took a few times to get it right. You need the yarn to be thick or it will not stay lit for 20 seconds so braid with six pieces or I just put two braids together. Also if it doesn’t work the first time on the bottle if u try again you will not get a clean cut so make sure you have everything perfect the first time. Also the yarn must be soaked in nail polish remover containing acetone or you can use pure acetone.

  44. I just did it!!!! The first few times it didn’t work so we switched yarns and viola… nearly perfect!

  45. dollar general nail polish remover worked the best as well as platinum bud light bottles, snapple bottles, and Lucky duck wine. We had no success with green glass.

  46. Ok.. So I got my bottle to break on the second try, except when it did, it cracked down the sides of the bottle a little bit. I’m going to have to try another one… Just a warning though ( and you guys can make fun it you want) Not thinking, I held the bottle by the BOTTOM, not the TOP…. Long story short, the nail polish remover that ran down the side of the bottle also caught fire as I lit the yarn and that quick my hand was burnt. One finger pretty badly. Thank god for the sink full of ice water in front of me or it could have been worse… I’m only sharing so that no one makes the same mistake that I did. I’m still determined to get a good one, but please be careful while doing this project.

  47. LOVE IT! I did it and it worked. You need to use thick worsted weight ACRYLIC yarn otherwise it won’t even light.

  48. this works amazingly!

    some things to note:
    -use 100% acetone only (regular nail polish didn’t work)
    -wrap around 7ish times and let it burn for about 25 seconds
    -dry off the sides BEFORE you light!

    my friend and i had problems with the bottle breaking higher up on the glass near the neck… trying more later!

  49. I tried this quite a few times with regular nail polish remover from the dollar store and had no luck. My husband brought up turpentine and it worked, but I wouldn’t recommend using that. It burned very sooty and the flames were huge. I will try again with nail polish with just acetone. I did have a problem with the knot. there was a dip in the glass where the knot was. Any suggestions?

  50. Can this be done with acetone free remover? I have gel nails and can’t touch the regular stuff. I suppose it’s the “flammable” part that’s important? πŸ™‚

  51. This is fantastic! But I’m a little nervous because of all the people that said it didn’t work. So I spose I’m gona score the bottles first then put the yarn in the score and do it that way. Hope it works! Ill let u know!

  52. Can you use anything besides nail polish remover? My dad loves his coronas and his birthday’s coming up so I’m really excited to try this!

  53. whoop whoop! i got this to work on the 3rd try. make sure you have enough yarn (about 3 strands) so the flame can make enough heat. awesome idea. thanks for the tutorial.

  54. i used acetone nail polish remover tied three times, braided, tied five times, tied MORE than 5 times, on the middle of the bottle, at the neck of the bottle, two different bottles (a starbucks and a wine bottle). i tried lighting the fire, i tried burning it over a candle. i could never get the flame to stay more than 30 seconds except when i tied more than 5 times but it didn’t seem the heat was getting to the bottle. every time, the bottle got hot, i could feel it was hot after i dunked it, but no line or crack or anything. my yarn is cotton. :[

  55. I’d love my kids to be able to drink their milk out of these. Clever.

  56. Make sure your hand is not covered in finger nail polish remover, or it will catch on fire too…

  57. i’m seeing my problem as being the acetone is burning off quicker than the glass is heating up. i’m using coronita bottles, so the glass really shouldn’t be thicker than a regular corona bottle. we’re going to try to find some pure acetone since neither acetone based nail polish remover nor 50% rubbing alcohol aren’t working. bummer so far… πŸ™

  58. Hi! I just used this method on wine bottles and it worked perfectly! I need to sand them down a bit to make sure they’re smooth enough to drink from but other than that, it’s great! Thank you!

  59. Love this idea! It’s only August, but I’m going to perfect this and use it as a Christmas gift for my dad! I didn’t have any yarn at all, so I used some old pajama Pants that were 90% cotton! it worked pretty well, where the knots were made the bottles crack a little weird, but I’ve almost got that figured out.

    I also didn’t have any finger nail polish remover of any kind, so I went outside to my husbands vent hood, grabbed the mask and used rubbing alcohol. Maybe I that was a bit extreme, but I’ve heard it’s like poison when it’s burning, so I didn’t want to take any chances!

    If you’re willing to give this a few goes (and have a vent hood) this way seems to work alright, but I feel like the yarn and nail polish remover would be a MUCH easier time… πŸ™‚

  60. I at first grew very discouraged after about six times but the process is very detailed but definitely easy! I first wrapped the yarn around four times then firmly secured the knot just a tiny bit above where I wanted the jar to be cut. I first dipped the knot in nail polish remover for about 30 seconds, then I secured the knot in place on the bottle. Once I had the knot where I wanted I took hand sanitizer and just had my husband spin the glass while I pumped. Once it was evenly and thoroughly saturated on the yarn we then had one of us spin the glass slowly, and the other hold the lumineer directly on the yarn while keeping the flame aglow. After about fourty five seconds of this we dunked the still aflame yarn into a sink full of ice filled water. Once in the water you take where your hands were and just push with medium pressure forward while your hands are under the sink. You will hear a soft pop and voila!! comes off perfectly πŸ™‚ Be sure that your knots are super tight to keep a straight line! They were an excellent couple DIY for a rainy Saturday as well!!

  61. Worked perfectly the first time we tried it. Now I’m way to the store to get the kids some Jones soda to make them little glasses out of.

  62. very cool, i just tried it and it worked very nicely! I think braiding the yarn did work better for me then just wrapping it around (i tried both methods as well) what a neat trick, thanks for sharing!

  63. I’m about to try this with some glass bottles I’d been planning on recycling, but I could either get a 5-cent bottle return or some cute glasses… Which is better? πŸ˜‰ We’ll see how it goes — I’ll let you know what happens when I’m done!

  64. Okay, I just finished this — it works like a charm! I don’t have any sandpaper on hand, so I’ll have to wait until I can get some tomorrow to use them, but I made about 10 or so, and they’re great. Thanks!

  65. is a wine bottle too thick for this trick?

  66. I tried this first with some flammable twine I had and it didn’t work. Tonight I used acrylic yarn and target brand acetone nailpolish remover. The Victoria beer bottle broke no problem, I just had to dunk it and it cracked! I tried a beautiful whiskey bottle that I haven’t been able to throw out b/c it’s so pretty and it didn’t work the first time so I soaked the yarn and then once it was on the bottle rubbed hand sanitizer all over it (which keeps the flame going MUCH longer) let it burn for 40-60 seconds and dunked it, applied some pressure and it cracked! I love this trick so much. Hopefully I can get more of the bottles from the bar I work at and make them as gifts!!!

  67. +Have any of you had problems with the bottles shooting “spider web” cracks beneath the cut line? We get the bottles to break just fine, but they’re jagged, and send cracks through the rest of the glass – makes them useless for re purposing to hold any kind of liquid…

  68. Looks like a cool idea. I guess I’ll have to start drinking some beer! LOL

  69. Does anyone know of a waterproof solution I coule use that would make a beer bottle label stay on the bottle perminantly and allow me to wash the bottle?

  70. I tried doing this on a wine bottle, but the rim wasn’t smooth enough to use it as a glass. Using sand paper didn’t help, I’m using it as a pen holder now πŸ˜›

  71. I tried and tried and tried this all weekend. All it managed to do was leave me in tears. I used diff types of polish remover, diff types of yarn, a bic lighter AND a candle. Then I used the alt. method: scoring it with a blade then dipping it into hot then cold water. The razor wouldn’t even make a dent in the just kept slipping all over it. I wanted this project to be the PERFECT wedding gift this past weekend as some great family friends were married and their last name is CORONA πŸ™‚ But instead I just cried like a baby over this cause I couldn’t get it to work :'( :'( Disappointed and very sad.

  72. This is awesome! I was at a trade show in Vegas this year and there was a company that sold glasses like this but they were selling it for about $40+ and it was ridiculous!! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  73. TRied charcoal lighter fluid. Whoa. It definitely worked. Need to try with a yarn instead of a string. My bottle cracked on several places around, so I ended up with the string on a beautiful ring of glass πŸ™‚

  74. just did this with a grey goose bottle but didnt have yarn so tried using shoe lace, DEFINITLY recomend yarn and BRAIDED will most likley have a much cleaner break, also is the break suppose to be above and below the string like mine did? or right at the string, not gunna lie it made me jump lol. also how do you know when enough sanding is enough? i dont really want to test it with my finger lol!!!

    • My cuts usually came slightly below the yarn. That’s why it was hard to keep the whole logo on the bottle at first. If you don’t want to touch the rim with your finger, you probably didn’t sand it enough. Make sure you focus on the edges. They should round slightly with a medium grade sandpaper.

  75. I was going to try it- but only have wool. Is it even worth trying?

  76. What about the paper labels?

  77. working for me! thanks! so fun! πŸ™‚

  78. Strange and wonderful idea at the same time!? , I will use the glass stored before throw it in the rubbish.
    Thank you Kirsten

  79. Works like a charm. My warning, and I know it should be obvious, the glass will be VERY sharp until you sand it. I ended up in the ER needing stitches. I know cut glass is sharp, but this worked so well that my ends were like razors. Watch out!!

  80. this is brilliant! i was looking for places where we could get these bottles cut.. guess i dont need to, now!

  81. has anyone tried heineken bottles?

  82. Can we use gasoline instead

  83. I done 5 of them yesterday and it worked.

  84. I have done 18 bottles and I just cant get the line straight. No matter how straight the string is it always cuts uneven…

  85. How can u make the cut straighter …. There is always a little piece that pokes up …. Too big to sand down and it breaks on top and bottom of the yarn…. Any suggestions???

  86. Omg… Love this idea! My husband and I tried making them exactly like you said to and it totally worked! They came out perfect πŸ™‚ thank you so much for explaining it so well!

  87. i failed 5 times, don’t know what I did wrong. I was so excited but it was a huge let-down.

  88. Great! Now everyone knows how to make a spottle!
    Us kiwis have been making these for years, a little different in method though πŸ˜‰

  89. Great idea.. looks a little sharp though OUCH

  90. Some of my bottles are cracking and the ones that are not are breaking uneven at the knot. Any suggestions?

  91. This is not working at all for me! I have cotton yarn, I’ve tried with or without braiding it, double braid, even tried holding the flame longer and it is absolutely not working. I have a sink full of ice water and the nail polish remover has acetone in it as well..why is this not working?!?!

  92. I thought this was a wonderful idea.
    I did exactly as it sais, with the material, the spinning, the ice water etc…

    Apparently, some nail polish remover had gotten into the water in the sinke, because once i brought the bottle with the burning yarn on it just a little bit closer to the water surface, MY WHOLE KITCHEN SINK CAUGHT ON FIRE!!Β¨!!
    Nothing bad happend, though the bottle didn’t crack one bit and the fire burnt itself our eventually. But still… :S

  93. It’s so much easier and more reliable and safer to just use a glass cutter.

  94. I used cotton yarn and nail polish with acetone, cold water and a Red Stripe bottle. No luck the first time…nothing happened. Tried it again using ice water. The bottle did break but unevenly and also there was another crack a bit lower than where the break was. I tried once more using a braided cotton yarn. Didn’t work at all. I am not giving up, I love these glasses. I have read all the comments and will try different methods!

  95. What about 100% acetone? Will that work?

  96. My husband’s birthday is coming up.This would be a great birthday present for him. I’m sure he”ll love it.

  97. This is a very fun project but PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!!!!! Do NOT force the glass to break. If you do it correctly it will snap on its own. My husband learned this the hard way and earned himself a very expensive trip to the ER and eight stitches in his hand! BEWARE!

  98. My dad and I tried this project with yarn, acetone nail polish remover, bucket of ice water, and a grill lighter. We did not succeed so we gave up. We tried a Bud Light bottle, New Castle bottle, and a wine bottle. Seems after 30 seconds of fire, 1 minute of fire, and a little more than that, the glass just was not hot enough to break in the water.

  99. I tried it three times before i read the comments…the key is putting it in the ice water when it’s on fire! This is soo cool i love it. Does it work with all beer bottles?

  100. This is NOT as easy as it looks. They do sell a bottle cutter that I believe they sell at Michaels craft store and if not you can find them online. The sanding of the bottles is time consuming and does not turn out perfectly. That does require some heat, a torch or a kiln etc. The best sand paper to use is a wet dry sand paper. I had purchased mine at ACE hardware. Be very careful. I did mine while wet to avoid the tiny pieces of glass getting everywhere. kept dipping it under water while sanding it. good luck.

  101. None of the cotton yarn I had would light for me so I tried pipe cleaners instead and it worked like a charm! They were also easier to twist around the bottle because I only had to do it once.

  102. Took a few tries, but it worked! the bottles I used (goose island, Sofie) must have been a bit thicker because I had to let the fire last about 15 sec longer but it worked! my bottles cut above the yarn and not exactly straight but I’ll sand it my best.

  103. I had *no* success on my first five attempts (pure acetone, cotton yarn, ice water).
    But I’m stubborn and continued trying- the only way I got this to work was if I scored the glass first with a glass cutter from Rona. Even then I have had some later failed attempts (uneven cracking, no result, etc).
    I think the biggest thing is the length of time the yarn stays lit- if you can make a braid thick enough or wrap enough strands around the bottle to keep it burning over 30 seconds, it is much more likely to work. I found that for thicker bottles I had to do it two or three times and work on the very slight cracking that occurred but did not go right through.
    I don’t know what sort of amazing luck the people on here who succeeded with little frustration, but I wish it was as easy as it sounds.
    It’s a great idea but a pain in the butt to do so you have to be really dedicated.

  104. has anyone tried this on brown bottles? I am having NO LUCK! I am using nail polish with acetone, tried rubbing alcohol, and my yarn seems to light fine so don’t think it’s the yarn. Doing it for at least 30 seconds and not letting the flame go out before submerging in the ice bath

    • I did. it wasn’t as clean of a cut but with the nylon yarn and nail polish remover it took about 45-60 seconds of fire and it broke above the yarn. I simply had 3 pieces of yarn braided together and knotted it so the yarn would have to stretch a bit to stay where I wanted it. again, it wasn’t the straightest cut but it was also after 4 attempts with the same bottle and taking a break between attempts. I also let the nylon string sit for 30 sec and gently squeezed so there wouldn’t be drippings down the bottle.

  105. I have done this thing a million times and it never cuts perfectly. Thats why I ordered the G2 glass cutter on amazon. works amazing!

  106. Can methylated spirits be used for this?

  107. I was so excited to try this (mostly because I live in a college party house, and my roommates are beer hoarders and I hoard wine bottles). Finally went out and bought yarn and sandpaper, came home and tried 3 times… didn’t work at all “/

  108. I used a draw string from a hoodie that I didn’t want and did it over a candle flame; it worked PERFECTLY! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to make lots of different ones now! Maybe some vodka bottle ones next! πŸ˜€

  109. There is a difference in yarn, you can not use yarn that you would knit a blanket with. Cotton yarn is the stuff you use to make dish cloths. It is a much heavier yarn and comes in small skeins.

  110. I put some salt in the water and it works evertime

  111. I this worked so well for me! But yes it is really hard to get it cut in the right spot, I did use non acetone nail polish remover and made 7 cups total. Although one out my 6 pack of coronas did not work. I tried several times and it wouldn’t break. I think it might’ve been thicker then the rest. But I loved the outcome!

  112. If you cannot get this to work, you can get a bottle cutting kit from a craft store. It scores the bottle, then uses a tiny “hammer” from the inside of the bottle (part of the kit) to separate the glass on the score mark

  113. hmm good idea but if glass cuts harmful for your mouth so b care full for this other ways it,s good idea……….

  114. Mine keep cracking up and down the side of the bottles.
    What am I doing wrong?

  115. Love it! Awesome DIY Project! Sounds like their drinkable, going to have to give this a try sometime. Thanks for posting! πŸ™‚

  116. Tried this on corona bottle and wine wine. Braided and wrapped. The twine was soaked, bottle clean and dry. Sink full off ice and burnt the twine for the time required. Bottles did not even look like they were going to break πŸ™ very disappointed as I have been looking forward to doing this for a while. Glass cutters might be less frustrating!

  117. This worked great! For thicker bottles just use more yarn and a longer time. But cover your eyes! A canadian mist bottle exploded in the water. There werent any shattered pieces but just be on the safe side, goggles!

  118. I cut wine bottles for drinking glasses but i want to keep the lables on. Obviously if i wash them the lables will get wet and start to come off. Any suggestions on a clear coating thats safe to use for drinking?

  119. Great idea…..

    I did something similar a few years ago with vintage Coke bottles. My uncle (who retired from Coke) loved the thoughtful gift.

    I love your blog.

  120. This was SO cool! My cut was jagged where the string overlapped, so I’ll have to figure that out. LOVE!

  121. Didn’t work for me:-(

  122. worked on the first shot…it is uneven but it did work….will be trying it again.

  123. I don’t know why but this is not working for me. I tried different bottles, different types of braided cotton, nail polish remover and then turpentine. I must of held it under the flame for two minutes…

    • Try scoring the glass first. Make a super-chilled ice bath by adding rock salt (1 cup salt to 5 cups crushed ice, add water to make a slush.) USE SAFETY GLASSES and gloves are not a bad idea either, if they fit well enough for you to handle the bottle safely.

  124. Will this work with all beer bottles?

  125. We have tried this 3 different times and the bottle still isn’t even cracked. Has anybody had success with this?

  126. Anyone had problems with the glass getting too hot around the knot in the yarn?

  127. I was so excited about this too but never had any luck with it.

  128. just fyi, i am a glass artist and i want to let everyone know to be careful, this technique we refer to as shock fracturing. its what happens when glass goes from one extreme temp to the next. this means that you could technically do it the opposite way as well. what i warn you on is that even though you centralize the flame, dose not mean the glass can heat up around the spot you want it to fracture at. this means that when you put it in ice water, you take the chance of the glass exploding. i have noticed that some of you have mentioned taking razor blades to the glass before doing so. this is actually safer then just using the yarn. we call this scoring witch makes a path of least resistance for the glass to fracture at. i would do this no matter what if you are going about this project just to give yourself an extra bit of protection

  129. R they dishwasher safe

  130. I saw this on the “guy” version of pintrest, but the men couldn’t figure out how to 1) wrap multiple strands around the bottle to increase the heat or 2) how to get the water cold enough to break the glak consistently! If you are having trouble, add rock salt to your ice water, as if you were making ice cream. The salt / ice mixture can easily drop of nearly 0*F.

  131. Methylated spirits works! Just tried it, takes a little longer to burn with a scarier flame, but does the same job. πŸ™‚

  132. September 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    If no yarn wat else can u use??

  133. I tried this a year or so ago and ruined one of my favorite glass bottles so I swore off this craft for good. I finally simmered down a few days ago and tried it again using your tutorial, and it worked fabulously (on the third try, but this time around I knew to get the hang of it with an undesirable glass bottle first). Thanks so much for the concise tutorial and good tips!

  134. I got the project done after 4 times of trying….. please can anyone let me know if there is any pregnant woman logo on the Corona bottle?

  135. Spider cracks! My glasses heat and break well enough, but I get spider cracks ALL down the rest of the glass. :/ Suggestions?

  136. I just showed my kids this (My wife wasn’t so excited) but i had to improvise at every turn, i had a seven up bottle, i didn’t have any usable yarn, so I used a cotton ball. I rolled it out to make it into a string, then fanned the ends out, split each end into two parts, then i stuck them together, and rolled them with my fingers to make one continuous string that fit around the bottle. next i didn’t have any nail polish remover, so i ended up using 2 stroke gasoline. I did have ice and water lol, but it ended up working beautifully although the 2 stroke gas gives off a lot more smoke. thanks for this awesome post, i love teaching my kids this kind of stuff.

  137. Stumbled on this via tumblr and I love it! Will have to give this a try. I am nervous the glass will be to rough even after sand paper, but will give it a go.

  138. πŸ™ I tried at least 10 times with no luck. I will buy acetone from the beauty supply store and try again. I am not giving up!!!! one tip for safety reasons….don’t let the acetone drip down the bottle and if it does wipe it off before you light the yarn.

  139. To make goblets, sand the cut on the neck part and attach the neck to the bottom of your new glass with epoxy glue. Waste not,want not !

  140. Does this work on glass Coke bottles as well?

  141. Santiago Baraciarte May 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Is it dishwasher safe then?

  142. After 5 attempts with acetone and rubbing alcohol, I turned to straight gasoline and clothes line, burned longer and got a clean break. Woo hop success.

  143. The last step, sanding it smooth, is a lot of work. I use the Bottle Bit to spin it around while I sand it. You can check out the kickstarter campaign at

  144. ​I also have a bad reaction to nail polish remover! I just use as little as posible, make sure to wash my hand after, and then I use the Lady Soma Nail treatment after washing my hands. I didnt used to use a moisturizer after nail polish remover, but its a must, because it will leave your hands looking tired

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