Revamping the Centerpiece Process

Remember how I was cutting wine bottles for my centerpieces? Well, a few weeks ago, my bottle cutter pooped out on me. It just wouldn’t score the bottles right. I was having to go over and over the score line (which is bad for the blade [I don't think it was good anyway]). I got really frustrated with the whole thing and ended up putting it aside for several weeks. It sat on my kitchen counter and taunted me with its uncooperative-ness. I think it was silently mocking my ability to make it work. Meanwhile, the 125 bottles that still had not been cut were taunting me from the shed. I was beginning to feel defeated by my own project.

During a recent phone conversation, my stepmother suggested I find a better way to cut those bottles. The method I was using was extremely time consuming and tedious. I’d spent hours working on these things. I was only about 50% done with the cutting and none of the bottles had been sanded.

I did a little research and found out that a glass worker would charge me about $2 per bottle to cut. This was not an option. I’d already invested so much time saving money by doing it myself, I couldn’t bear to pay anyone $250 dollars to take over from that point.

A quick Google search produced the name of the tool I needed to get the job done. I set out in search of a diamond blade. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but I thought it would at least be worth looking into, especially since my other option was buying another bottle cutter. We don’t really have power tools in our house, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to put this diamond blade on to make it work, but I headed to Home Depot anyway, hoping they would have some sort of answer.

The salesman in the power tool section didn’t respond well to my initial request. In fact, he looked at me like I was sprouting a horn from my forehead. He showed me some drill bits to make holes in glass, but that wasn’t at all what I needed. Then he sent me off to the ceramic tile aisle, thinking that the flooring guys might have something to offer.

So, there I was, standing around in the flooring section, starring at ceramic tile saws like a dummy, thinking to myself, ‘I am not about to spend that kind of money on this project,’ and wondering where the flooring associates were, when Power Tools man came back. In his hand was a scoring bit, very similar to what I had  at home, albeit slightly more sturdy-looking. When I divulged a little bit more about what I was doing, the man lit up like the 4th of July. I swear, you could see the little bulb click on. He practically dragged me back to the power tools and headed straight for the dremel accessories. Lo and behold, there is was a diamond blade for dremel tools! Yay! I was a little leery about having to buy a dremel, but as the salesman went on and on about diamond blades and vice grips, I remembered that my sister had a dremel tool and it was probably hanging out at my mom’s house. So, I left the Home Depot with my diamond blade in tow and headed straight for mom’s to hunt for my sister’s dremel.

Thank goodness it was there.

This past weekend, one of my bridesmaids made the drive up from New Orleans to spend the weekend helping out with some of my wedding projects, and the wine bottles were at the top of the list.

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The process is similar as described before. I scored the bottles with the diamond blade. It made a deeper score than the bottle cutter made. The blade actually cut through the width of the bottle, but this took  forever. Sometimes the bottles just sort of fell apart. Other times, a light tap on the stool did the trick.

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It was a pretty messy process, and since I’ll have to wash them all after they’ve been cut, I decided not to waste time washing off the labels first.

While I was cutting, Bridesmaid Nola was sanding away. A friend let us borrow a second dremel tool, and armed with a sanding attachment, she managed to sand about 75 bottles in one morning.

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All the bottles have been cut, and a good chunk of them have been sanded. It’s a huge relief to have this project moving again. And I’m so happy I found a better, faster, more efficient way to get it done!

And a huge thanks to Bridesmaid Nola for coming up and helping out!

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Mrs. Crab Cake

Location:
Columbus, GA
Wedding Date:
July 2014

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:27 pm

    Wow. Great job on a project I wouldn’t even know HOW to attempt!

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    mascara 859 posts, Busy bee @ 4:30 pm

    I thought about cutting bottles for our centerpieces too, and in the end decided it was too much of a pain… I’ll be using uncut bottles instead! Kudos to you for finishing though!

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    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:31 pm

    I admire your persistance!! I’m sure they are going to turn out awesome – (and I totally have a dremel, does that make me cool or what?)

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 4:37 pm

    Oh wow! I was going to use your scoring and candlestick method. But the dremel is WAY better! Yay. We have like two dremels hehe. We have a pretty kick a$$ garage that will make any man weep. So I’m pretty sure we have a diamond blade or two in there. Hehe. Yay! Thanks so much for this post. The FI was a little hesitant about the candlestick idea….

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    hirsche 273 posts, Helper bee @ 4:38 pm

    WOW– go girl… after reading you initial post, i was like…that is awesome…i want to do that! But….in light of all the work (not that i’m afraid of work, but) I think this is one i will pass by. Can’t wait to see them at the end!

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    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:40 pm

    Wow, this is so incredible! You’re quite the industrious little bee! :)

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    flipflop84 81 posts, Worker bee @ 4:42 pm

    This is fabulous. We’re planning to do the same thing…this is the perfect way to get the guys in the wedding party involved in my DIY projects!!! They LOVE dremels!!! I NEVER would have thought to do this…for some reason DIY construction and DIY crafts always seem so seperate to me…guess they really do over lap alot!

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    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:46 pm

    Wow, I’m glad you found an alternative! They look like they are going to be great. :)

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    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:12 pm

    Can’t wait to see how it turns out! Who would have thought it required such a search! I’m glad you could find the right “cutter”

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:58 pm

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out! SOOOO happy you found an easier way to get this done :)

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    argyle 2519 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:12 pm

    Cool idea. I love my dremel! I like to use it on my pumpkins every year!

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    Carbon Girl 691 posts, Busy bee @ 8:30 pm

    Go dremels! They are the most amazing tool. I feel like they are always the solution when I need a tool to do a random, slightly “out there” job. Like cutting wine bottles. Now what are you turning these into?

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:02 pm

    Congrats to be done with that! Can’t wait to see the final product! I thought of doing the same initially but really, I just don’t have the patience for it. haha

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    Jess, Guest @ 10:58 pm

    May I ask how you held the dremel steady? I have been kicking this idea around and this would make my life way easier than cutting them all by hand!

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    xLailax 414 posts, Helper bee @ 2:02 am

    I’m so happy to hear that your project is on a roll again! I’m so excited to see how it all looks on the day of!
    I had the same problem with getting a project off the ground, but not just on 1 project, on several – my cake topper is rhinestone-less because I keep changing my wedding colors! Ahhh, someone stop me!

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    rnc620 658 posts, Busy bee @ 10:11 am

    That’s so awesome!! I was thinking about doing this as my favors. I looked up the diamond blade and was really wondering how much work it was going to be to get my FI to do the job so I wouldn’t have to use the saw. But a dremel I can handle! And I’ve wanted to get a dremel for years. We almost bought one before Christmas even!
    Awesome!! Thanks!!

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    crabcake 834 posts, Busy bee @ 11:44 am

    @Miss Gloss: It totally makes you cool!
    @Carbon Girl: Vases and candle holders for my centerpieces! I can’t wait to show y’all the finished version!
    @Jess: Using a Dremel Multi-vise, which was with the dremel tools at Home Depot and has a special attachment to hold the dremel in place.

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:52 am

    Great job. I think I remember when you gashed your fingers/hands doing this before!! So nice of your BMs to help. This does not look like an easy task, but will turn out very cool!

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:04 pm

    Miss Crab Cake, is there any way I could ask to buy your beautifully cut wine bottles from you after your wedding is over? I’m getting married in the summer of 2010, and I love this idea. I live in Seattle but I would pay for shipping! Let me know, I hope your wedding is fantastic.

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    guffee 339 posts, Helper bee @ 12:47 am

    im soooo glad i read your post!!!! i am planning on doing this for my reception and was about to buy a bottle cutter here in the next few days!!! i already have a dremel so all i’ll need to get is the attachment for it!!! you rock!!!

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    Heidi, Guest @ 6:15 pm

    How did you keep your score level? I have a glass cutting tool but can’t keep the line level. I would love to try my Dremel, but don’t want to have the same problem.

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    Sandra, Guest @ 3:42 pm

    For our rustic wedding on our property in Gold Country and Wine Country, I am using both elements as design inspiration.

    Plan to use different wine bottles with labels on them, for both vases for flowers and as candle shades (we will be using LED candles for fire safety concerns).

    This will save me SO much time! I even have a diamond blade and the hunny has s Dremel!

    Thanks so much!

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    Sandra, Guest @ 3:43 pm

    Do you have pics of the finished effect?

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    chaac0 11 posts, Newbee @ 12:06 pm

    please share pictures of the finished projéct with us. ¡¡ pléase !!

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