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Champagne and Blooms

I was shopping at a little boutique and stopped in my tracks when I saw a candle poured into the bottle of my favorite champagne. How cute, how clever, how did someone else get to drink this bottle of champagne and not me? I loved it and decided to make the most of my own empty champagne bottles. With the purchase of one tool, it was easy to make. If you promise not to judge me for the number of champagne bottles I collected in a short period of time, I will show you how to make them as well.

Here is what you need:

A glass bottle cutter. I purchased mine on Amazon for $25

Boiling water

A bucket of ice

Empty bottles of glorious champagne

Step One: Score the bottle

The glass cutter is very simple in design and has a blade that scores a fine line into the bottle. You simply put the bottle on the cutter once you have adjusted the mechanism to where you want the score line to be. You then rotate the bottle with a little pressure. This probably took 15 seconds. If the bottle you plan to use is special or sentimental to you, I recommend trying your first score on another bottle you plan to discard first. You will get an idea for where the break is above the label as well as confidence for how simple the process is.

Step Two:

Once you have scored your line in the bottle, you apply the two pressure rubber bands on either side of the line. These come with the glass bottle cutting kit. Pour boiling water over the line between the rubber bands for about 45-50 seconds. Nothing will happen as you do this. I was very scared the first time, thinking the glass would explode. (I am not going to include the photo of me wearing my son’s Chemistry goggles like a weirdo which I only did the first time. I realized “Oh, OK. Nothing happens here”). The bottle is actually going to break in the cold ice water. It’s a combination of the glass response to heat and cold, the score line and the pressure from the band that creates the break.

Step three:

Submerge in ice water. You want the ice water to be very cold and to make sure that the water is high enough to cover the score lines and the rubber bands. Within seconds, you will feel the bottle base break away and the bottle now feels lighter in your hands. That’s it- the bottle has separated.

Step Four:

Rotate the glass edge on to fine grit sand paper to remove the sharp edges. This sand paper was also included with my glass cutting kit.

And that‘s it! Beauty and perfection. Throw some flowers in and celebrate with your champagne bottle once again!

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