How to Cut Small Holes in Glass Bottles

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How to Cut Small Holes in Glass Bottles
Cut a hole in a glass bottle and create a hanging display. (Tara Dodrill)

Drilling a hole in a glass bottle involves a basic knowledge of glasswork and the physical ability to work with power tools. A wide array of decorative projects can be created by working with glass bottles. A glass bottle with a hole drilled into the top or side allows easy hanging on walls or ceilings. Candles can be inserted into the hanging bottle, creating low-cost and romantic outdoor lighting displays.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Power drill
  • Diamond-tipped drill bit - specific for glasswork (1/4 of an inch bit recommended)
  • Glass bottle
  • Silicon sandpaper
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Protective eyewear
  • Work gloves
  • Permanent marker

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  1. 1

    Mark drilling area on the bottle with a permanent marker.

    How to Cut Small Holes in Glass Bottles
    Create a tropical display with hanging glass bottles.
  2. 2

    Put on the protective eyewear and gloves.

  3. 3

    Run water off the hole area to reduce friction during the drilling process. Heat and friction cause glass to shatter or crack.

  4. 4

    Drill at low speed to start the hole.

  5. 5

    Spray additional water as needed to keep glass cool while drilling.

  6. 6

    Drill at low to medium speed to cut through the glass.

  7. 7

    Dump glass fragments from the inside of the bottle into the trash.

  8. 8

    Rub sandpaper around hole opening until the area is smooth to the touch.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful not to use too large of a drill bit to cut the hole into the glass bottle. Home improvement store staff can aid in the selection of the proper size drill bit for the project size.

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