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DIY Wine Bottle Candles

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Add a touch of warmth for your home with this crafty DIY wine bottle candle project.

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Materials Needed

  • Empty Wine Bottles
  • Bulk Wax Chips
  • Candle Wicks
  • Glass Bottle Cutter
  • Emery Filing Paper
  • Candlemaking Pitcher
  • Scented Oils (Optional)
  • Hot/Cold Water

*JLV&W does not endorse or recommend any specific brand of picture frame or hot glue gun

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Step #1: Cutting Your Wine Bottle

  • Using the directions provided with the glass bottle cutter, adjust the cutting blade to ensure it is perpendicular to the body of the wine bottle.
  • Firmly hold the bottle on both ends, making sure the cutting blade is touching the glass.
  • Rotate the bottle slowly to create an etched line around the entire circumference of the bottle.
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Step #2: Separating the Top

  • Boil water, when ready move over to the sink and pour the hot water over the top of the wine bottle while rotating for about 20 seconds.
  • Immediately switch to pouring cold water over the top of the bottle while rotating for another 20 seconds.
  • Repeat the above steps 2-3 more times, until the top separates.
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Step #3: Smooth the Edge

  • Carefully smooth and sand both the inside and outside edges of the wine bottle using the emory filing paper.
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Step #4: Securing the Wick

  • Cut the candle wick to your desired length. Then secure the wick on the bottom of the dry bottle with superglue or a hot glue gun.
  • This will ensure the bottom of the wick stays in one place when you pour the wax.
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Step #5: Heating the Wax

  • When it comes time to melting your wax, be sure to read the instructions on your wax kit.
  • With the soy wax kit we used, it is recommended to use the double boiler method. First, fill a large pot with a small amount of water and bring to a boil. Then add your candlemaking pitcher with wax and reduce heat.
  • Continuously stir the wax to prevent it from burning. Check the temperature of the wax periodically as it is not to exceed 180°.
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Step #6: Pour Your Wax

  • After the wax is melted completely, turn off the heat. Let your wax cool slightly and add your favorite scented oil (optional).
  • Pour the wax into your bottle, leaving space at the top with your wick exposed.
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Step #6: Enjoy

  • Let the wax cool overnight. Once the candle wax is completely dry, trim the top of your wick.


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