Bottle Candleholders Home Decor – #TBCCrafters (06/13/13) 13


So I missed everyone last week!!! We were on a cruise to Alaska that my husband’s parents blessed us with for the family.  What a beautiful place, we had a great time.  Now back to the regular grind of laundry, housework, etc.  Thank goodness for crafting!!! I think I’d go crazy if all I could focus on was the chore list!! ha/ha  I’m so into the bottle cutting, I had to make another project.  If you didn’t see my first one, check it out here!  This one could be changed out to match any decor (different colors, added embellishments, etc.).  Hope you enjoy!!

“Bottle Candleholders” Craft

Materials Needed:
  • Ephrem’s Original Bottle Cutter Kit (purchase info at bottom)
  • Olive Oil/Wine Bottle, cleaned & dry
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Pieces (I used deck base & topper pieces)
  • Stain or Spray Paint
  • Gorilla Glue & Glue Gun
  • Rope or other material
  • & Time!!


Begin by scoring the bottle on your “Ephrem’s Bottle Cutter”, making sure to apply even pressure and get the score to go all the way around the bottle.  There is no need to go over it twice, as long as you have an even score.  Be sure to wear eye protection while doing this whole project!!


Then, when you’re finished with the scoring, secure the candle (included in the kit) to a paper plate or something else if you are doing it outside, etc.

Light the candle and turn the bottle at the score mark slowly over the heat.  Do this a few times until you know the mark has been fully covered.  No need to have the flame touch the bottle, just be underneath the score mark.


Once you have the whole mark heated, run the bottle under cold water and you should hear it crack.  Be sure to be holding on both sides as to not drop one.  If the bottle does not crack, and you are sure you have scored it all the way around, heat it with the candle again and then run under the water a second time.  The bottle should then be in two (2) pieces.


After the bottle has split, use the sandpaper to take care of the rough edges.  Be careful not to hold onto it over the bottle with your hand, just in case the glass breaks through the paper (I don’t want you to cut yourself).  One you have both sides sanded down, wipe with a wet towel to remove grit, etc.



When you are finished sanding, set the pieces aside and take your wooden pieces outside to spray paint, you could also stain them or whatever else you wanted to do.  I just used a clear coat spray paint since I love the plain wood look.

Now, while you’re waiting for those to dry, you can continue on your glass pieces.  I used my glue gun to attach rope around the top for a topper.  Be sure to clean up and stray pieces if you are using a real candle, otherwise, go with the good old battery-operated no worry type!
When finished with however you wish to do this, and after the wooden pieces are dry, start gluing the pieces together.  I started with the tall one and used my Gorilla glue to make it stick.  Takes a bit of time to cure, but stays stuck better than the glue gun, etc.
Next, I worked on my flat based one and glued it on, as well.
After they had dried completely, I inserted the candles I wanted to use and set them out on my dining room table to make it look festive!  Hope you like it!!  If you make some of your own, be sure to go to my Facebook page and leave me a picture of your creation!!
The (candle)light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.” – Proverbs 13:9

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7 years ago

Jamie, they turned out super cute. I always thought it was such a hard process to cut glass, you make it look easy 🙂 I’ll have to try. #HomeMattersParty

10 years ago

Very beautiful! I love it

Rose Powell
10 years ago

That's pretty neat, you're making some great crafts with these bottles!!!!

Jamie Tomkins
10 years ago
Reply to  Rose Powell

Thanks Rose! I love to be able to reuse them. With as much olive oil as I use, these bottles need to have a place to go. 🙂

10 years ago

I also worry about the cutting part. But, it is really nice to make candle holder with unused bottle.

Mary @ Raising Dick and Jane

Wow. Cutting a bottle would be scary. Great job though!! You make it look easy.

Jamie Tomkins
10 years ago

It's a bit scary, Mary – but once you get used to it and are using a tool like I have, it's a piece of cake!! Just wear gloves and protect your eyes, just in case!! 🙂

10 years ago

Looks very nautical! I never thought to use staircase finials for something like this.

Jamie Tomkins
10 years ago
Reply to  Greta

There's a way to re-purpose just about anything, huh? I love to turn things known for something else into something new!!

10 years ago

What a neat idea. I so need to try this!

Jamie Tomkins
10 years ago
Reply to  Ellen

The bottle cutter makes it so easy Ellen, you should try it out!! 🙂

Dawn Pruitt
10 years ago

I have got to try this! I love the way you used the rope on the bottle. These would be great with my beach theme! Thanks for sharing!

Jamie Tomkins
10 years ago
Reply to  Dawn Pruitt

I at first worried about the beach theme, since I was using it in my vineyard themed kitchen, but it even matches in there well. Share a pic if you make one for yourself!! 🙂