Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DIY Wine Bottle Candle

I love a good DIY, I really do... and I especially love blogging about them! 
But the truth is, about half of my DIYs don't work out the way they were supposed to, and they end up getting thrown away or shoved in a bin somewhere until I can think of a way to salvage it (this drives John nuts!).  Personally, I blame all the fake Pinterest tutorials out there. :)

Anyway, when I decided to try and make a wine bottle candle, I was quite skeptical about whether it would work... I mean really, how am I going to cut a wine bottle in half using water?! Well, believe it or not, I was absolutely shocked when this actually worked - and truth be told, I'm a little bit obsessed!
 
So if I have ever met you in person, you will probably be getting one of these for Christmas...


To cut the bottle, all you need is a glass scorer (you can buy one at Home Depot for $3).



(Side story:) John and I got engaged when we were 21, and I have been toting around our celebratory bottle of champagne ever since.  Having moved so many times, I've been tempted to throw it out, but I'm now glad that we kept it - it was the perfect bottle to turn into a candle!

Begin by using tape to mark off where you want the bottle to cut (I used washi tape, but painters tape or electrical tape will work too!).  Next, use the scorer and score the bottle where you want it to cut; as tempting as it is, do not go over your score mark - it should only leave a faint line!


Next, slowly pour boiling water over the score line - rotate the bottle to make sure it has been fully covered with the hot water (wear rubber gloves so you don't burn your hands!).  After covering the score mark with boiling water, immediately run the bottle under cold water. 
Simply repeat (2 or 3 times) until the bottle falls in half!


Like I said before, I was absolutely shocked when it worked!
If you have any rough edges, use a bit of sandpaper to smooth them out.


After you've cut the bottle, it's time to turn it into a candle! I wanted to use a wooden wick, but a normal wick will work too.  Using a hot glue gun, secure the wick to the bottom of the bottle.


Melt the wax according to the instructions for the particular type of wax that you bought - I used soy wax!  Once the wax is melted, add a few drops of candle fragrance (optional!), and pour into the bottom of the wine bottle (not filling totally to the top).


Let the wax harden and settle.  Once it settles it may be a bit uneven, so add a bit more wax to the top of the candle to smooth it out.


After the candle has completely hardened (give it a full night!), trim the wick and burn away!



The best part about these candles is that once you fully burn it, you can add a new wick and wax and burn it again as new!

Now I just need to collect more bottles... Here's to drinking wine and DIYing! :)

30 comments :

  1. As much as I loved rewined candles I hate the price tag! Definitely trying this DIY! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. This is seriously AMAZING! looks JUST like rewind candles minus the price tag! You go girl!

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  3. Just found your blog and i love it. This is so freakin cool! i never woulda thought of that but now I know that i can save my wine bottles (i go through a lot) . SOOOOOOO Cool!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  4. Ok this is genius, I need that bottle scorer, I had no clue it was that easy!! What a perfect gift for the holidays!

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  5. I absolutely LOVE this! I'm going to need to try this!

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  6. This is the coolest thing ever! I've wanted to try this, but didn't think it was so easy!

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  7. I LOVE this idea and it's so simple! I'm definitely making these for Christmas!

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  8. Now this is amazing. What a great idea for a Christmas gift!!

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  9. Love! I've seen these being sold in stores but what a fun way to recycle your old bottles. I'm keeping this in mind for Christmas gifts!

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  10. This is awesome! I so want to try it out!!! I am with you on Pinterest fails, so here's to seeing if I can pull this one off! :)

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  11. I've been wanting to try this FOREVER - so glad to hear it actually works! And incredibly easy, too!

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  12. People may definitely be receiving this for Christmas!

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  13. I love this DIY!!! I have wanted to make one myself but I keep forgetting to buy the wax. A friend of mine made a few and once the wax was gone halfway, the glass cracked all around from the heart, so just be careful :)

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  14. LOVE this idea! Two of my favs together - wine and candles <3

    Green Fashionista

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  15. Wow this is amazing!!! These will be the perfect Christmas gifts!

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  16. I had no idea it was so easy to cut glass! This is such a neat idea!

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  17. This. Is. The. Coolest. Thing. Ever.

    I didn't know it was that easy to cut glass either! I love how it turned out!! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try this one day.

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  18. What a great gift idea! And it's so much easier than I would have though. I love that you used your engagement champagne bottle too :)

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  19. I know I've said this before but THIS one is seriously your best DIY to date. We have an empty bottle of champagne from Italy that we got on our honeymoon and I can't wait to turn it into a candle this weekend!

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  20. I totally want to do this for Christmas presents! Did you buy the wax and wicks at Hobby Lobby or something? I have a hefty stash of bottles & am always willing to grow the collection ;-)

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  21. That's definitely the kind of DIY trick which seems like--no way, that's impossible, until you actually see it work! Perfect candle!

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  22. What an awesome idea! I would have never thought that would be so simple.

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  23. So awesome! I'm going to so this with some leftover bottles. Do you think the edges are safe to drink from? It would make cute glasses

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  24. Well, this will be what everyone gets for Christmas this year. Do you have a recommendation for where to buy the wax? And what types of fragrances to look for? xoxo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  25. Holy moly. I can't believe it worked! I love the idea of using a special bottle.

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

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  26. This is amazing! I'm totally stealing this idea for a gift idea! Your awesome at crafts! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Wow! I LOVE it!! I've heard about cutting glass like that before and always wondered if it really worked. I definitely want to try this. Yours is so pretty! Love that you finally got to use your champagne bottle :)

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  28. amazing idea! we bought one of the things that are supposed to cut bottles, but we couldn't get it to work. i need to try again because this is just too cute! thanks for sharing! xox

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