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Transformation Tuesday: Cut Bottles Become a Candelabra, Drinking Glasses and More


| 1/17/2012 10:56:08 AM


In the next issue of Natural Home & Garden, we have a great article about making a charming terrarium (watch for it in the March/April issue). You can make a terrarium in many kinds of repurposed glass vessels, but one of the most unique might be a cut wine bottle. I have a set of cut wine-bottle drinking glasses I absolutely love. Their unique shape and color make them stand out in my cabinet, and they're perfect for a glass of wine or a small cocktail. When cut in half, the bottoms of wine bottles become lovely little containers suitable for all sorts of uses--glasses, candleholders, terrarium homes and more. You can also reuse the tops of bottles in creative ways, such as in the modern candelabra below. 

You can cut bottles with a handy kit available at craft stores. One of our contributing bloggers, former intern and natural living enthusiast Dani Hurst wrote about cutting bottles in depth in this blog post. If you need inspiration, read her take on this simple and fun project. She's used her glass-cutting kit to make cool glasses for herself, gifts for friends and more. 

After you've mastered the glass-cutting technique, use the tops of three old bottles to make this stylish candelabra! 

Cut Glass Chandelier 

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These days, bottles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—many too lovely to throw away. So don't! Use capped mineral water bottles to make this contemporary candelabra. The beaded finials at the bottom give the chandelier a stylish finish while stoppering the bottle ends and anchoring the candlewicks. A short length of copper pipe decorates the bottle necks. See the directions below for an easy way to "cut" bottles.



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