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.
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Things you need
- Power drill
- Diamond-tipped drill bit - specific for glasswork (1/4 of an inch bit recommended)
- Glass bottle
- Silicon sandpaper
- Spray bottle
- Protective eyewear
- Work gloves
- Permanent marker
Mark drilling area on the bottle with a permanent marker.
Put on the protective eyewear and gloves.
Run water off the hole area to reduce friction during the drilling process. Heat and friction cause glass to shatter or crack.
Drill at low speed to start the hole.
Spray additional water as needed to keep glass cool while drilling.
Drill at low to medium speed to cut through the glass.
Dump glass fragments from the inside of the bottle into the trash.
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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