How to Cut a Wine Bottle into a Candle Hurricane
Block garden candles from the breeze with recycled glass bottles
Don't toss your old wine bottles in the recycling bin; use them to block candles from drafts instead. All you need is a few minutes and some glass-cutting tools to fashion hurricanes to place over tea lights by carefully removing the bottles' bottoms.
To create this decorative project for a table centerpiece or garden display, you have to cut the wine bottle cleanly. We've found a simple way to do it, using a little lesson in physics. The idea: Split the glass along a carefully placed fault line using thermal shock.
Build a Jig
Sandwich the handle of the glass-cutting wheel between two scrap 1x2s, one atop another, with the tool perpendicular to the wood, about 1½ inches from the ends. Hold the ends flush and square while you drive in a screw on either side of the tool handle to hold the tool firmly in place. Screw your scrap lattice to the flush end near the tool to form a right angle. Clamp the entire apparatus to a table or workbench as shown.