Upcycled Keepsake Bottle Free G2 Project Guide
- Free Bottle Cutting Project Guide
You will never forget your first date, anniversary or special occasion when you have this Wine Bottle Keepsake Box to tuck your memorabilia into!
Truly elegant, this treasure keepsake box is made from a recycled wine bottle. Tuck away your love letters, wedding matches, napkins or mementos from your first date inside. It handsomely displays anywhere in your home.
Always, wear safety goggles when using glass-crafting tools. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact resistant lenses.
To ensure top performance keep your bottle cutter blade oiled.
Read and carefully follow the instructions contained within the Generation Green (g2) bottle cutter manual.
1 Wine Bottle – 750 ML
Studio Pro ¼” Copper Foil
Hot Glue Sticks
1 - Cork
1 - 5/8” x 2 ¾” Hinge
1 – 7/8” x 1 5/16” Catch
Two Part Epoxy
Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter
Fid or pencil
scissors, ruler, Sharpie or marker, newspapers or craft paper, paint brush, hot glue gun
1. Cover the work area with craft or newspaper.
2. Before you cut, coat both bottle labels with shellac following the manufacturer’s instructions (Fig. 1). Coat labels twice, allowing each layer to dry between coats. (The shellac will prevent the label from coming off when it is dipped into the water to separate the score)
3. Measure 5.25” up from the bottom of the bottle and mark using a Sharpie™ (Fig. 2).
4. Using the bottle cutter, score and break where indicated.
5. Smooth the rough edges as instructed in the bottle cutter manual.
6.Clean the cut edges of the bottle thoroughly with a vinegar/water solution and clean cloth. Foil will not stick properly if your glass is dirty or oily.
7. Start with ¼” (1.5ml thick) copper foil. Peel back 3”- 4” of backing from the foil. Center the edge of your glass on the sticky side of the foil. Always “start” your foil on the backside of the project. Wrap the entire cut edge with foil and overlap the ends ¼” (Fig. 3).
8. Use a fid (if you don’t have a fid, a pencil or popsicle stick can be substituted) and burnish (rub) the surface of the foil to the edge of the glass. Press firmly, however too much pressure may cause the foil to tear (Fig. 4).
9. Insert the cork back into the bottle; you may need to tap lightly on the cork with a rubber mallet as corks tend to expand after being removed from their bottles (Fig. 5).
10. Embellish the sides and top with decorative buttons, hot gluing them into place (Fig. 6).
11. Place the bottle top onto the bottom, hold in place with strips of painters or masking tape. Place the bottle on a pillow, a Ziploc bag fill with rice or between anything that will prevent it from rolling.
12. Next, find the center of the front and back label, mark lightly with a Sharpie pen and the position on the foiled edge of your cut bottle. This is where you will attach the front catch and back hinge.
13. Mix a two-part epoxy according to the manufacturer’s instruction. Apply a small amount to the back bottom portion of the front catch and apply to the bottle (Fig. 7). Do the same with the top part of the catch. Remove any excess epoxy. Allow to dry.
14. Turn bottle over and follow step 10 to attach the hinge mechanism to the back of the bottle (Fig. 8).
15. Allow to dry.
16. You are now ready to tuck love letters, precious gemstones, napkins and other treasures from special occasions inside.