Nature In A Bottle

Discarded items like glass bottles have loads of potential for re-interpretation
You can use any bottles, glass jars or a combination thereof. Try upsizing your installation by using more than three bottles, but stick to the odd numbers rule (use 1, 3, 5, 7 bottles) for a balanced look.



Shopping list

  • 1800 x 90 x 20mm Meranti wood cut to:
    • 1 x 420mm piece (crosspiece)
    • 2 x 105mm (legs)
  • Used glass bottles or jars
  • Wood glue
  • 8mm wooden dowel
  • 40mm chipboard screws


  • Drill
  • 76mm hole-saw or jigsaw (optional)
  • Sander
  • Hacksaw blade
  • Handsaw and mitre box
  • Glass-cutter
  • Pencil
  • Tri-square
  • Measuring tape
  • G-clamp
  • Glass bottle cutting kit (optional)

Get started
Step 1

Drill two pilot holes at each end. Fit the hole-saw into the chuck and drill out the bottle openings.

TIP An offcut piece under the plank will prevent the wood from splitting.

Step 2

Position the 420mm length over the legs and fix in place using the drill and 40mm chipboard screws, driving the screws at least 5-8mm into the wood.

Step 3

Tap the dowel into the holes and cut off flush with the surface, using a hacksaw blade. Sand the entire piece to a smooth finish, paying particular attention to the cut dowel.

Step 4

Rest the glass-cutter on the edge of the jig and press it firmly against the glass as you turn the bottle slowly to score a straight line, ending at your starting point.

Step 5

Pour boiling water into the bottle to just pass the score line. Once the bottle is hot, spray cold water all along the score line while slowly rotating the bottle.

Step 6

The bottle should shear neatly along the score line (it’ll help if you tap against the glass along the line). Lightly sand the edges of the bottles by polishing on carbide tungsten waterpaper.



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