Revamping the Centerpiece Process

Wine Bottle Centerpieces

Remember how I was cutting wine bottles for my wine bottle 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 wine bottle centerpieces 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 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 to help create my wine bottle centerpieces. 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, staring at ceramic tile saws like a dummy, thinking to myself, “I am not about to spend that kind of money on this wine bottle centerpieces 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 Fourth 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 bottle centerpieces were at the top of the list.

getting ready to cut a wine bottle

The process is similar to what I 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.

cutting wine bottle centerpieces

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 the wine bottle centerpieces, 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.

cutting wine bottle with dremel

All the wine bottle centerpieces 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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June 2016
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    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 27 posts, Newbee @ 12:06 pm

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

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    Trina, Guest @ 3:35 am

    Thank you so much! I have my own bottles mocking me and wasn’t happy with any of the methods I’ve tried so far. I will give my dremel a try!

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    kiki, Guest @ 2:42 pm

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out. I’m also collecting bottles, but I am using the kinkajou tool from, and it is super slick. 2 min per bottle, very safe, very clean edge that only requires hand-sanding when it’s done.

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    Nancy, Guest @ 3:50 pm

    Very good idea. Even if you have a bottle cutter some bottles can be tricky. I know that look you got from the Home Depot guy… I know it well! Lol.
    One thing with the Dremel tool method though, you should keep a squirt bottle handy and keep the area you are cutting wet. The squirt bottle helps to get the water on the glass and not the Dremel motor. This will keep the glass from overheating and cracking, and also protect you from breathing glass dust which can cause health problems.

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