How to Make a Wind Chime from Wine Bottles

By Faith Chandler
Wine bottle glass can also create a stained glass effect in the sunlight.

Show off your love of wine and recycling with the striking tones of a wine-bottle wind chime. Creating your own glass wind chime is possible with a bottle scorer and some recyclables.

Cutting the Wine Bottles

Measure down 6 inches from the top of each empty wine bottle. Score around the outside of each bottle at this point with the wine bottle scorer. Adjust the scorer to the correct length. Lay the bottle on it. Gently but firmly, turn the bottle in place to score. The score mark does not need to be very deep, only consistent around the outside of the bottle.

Light the candle. Hold each wine bottle -- about an inch from the flame -- so that the score line is directly above the flame. Turn the bottle slowly so that heat is evenly applied. Do this about 90 seconds for each wine bottle. If you see vertical lines appearing in a bottle, then it is fracturing incorrectly and will not break as desired. It is best to set that bottle aside to cool and then throw it away.

Slide a piece of ice all the way around each heated bottle via the score line. Keep icing the bottles until they each crack into two pieces. If a bottle does not crack, you may not have scored properly or heated the glass enough.

Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth the rough edge of the top of each broken wine bottle.

Assembling the Wind Chime

Punch a hole into the center of each of the bottle caps with the hammer and nail. Turn a bottle cap upside down on a hard surface. Place the nail tip in the center and hammer until it pokes a hole through the metal.

Measure and cut about 4 to 5 feet of cord. This will be the support that holds your wind chime together.

Slide three bottle caps onto the end of the cord. Push them up about 6 inches from the end. Tie a knot in the cord underneath the bottle caps to secure them. Slide a large-hole bead onto the cord beneath this knot and secure with another knot underneath it. Trim away excess cord beneath the bead.

Measure about 3 inches above the bottle caps and tie another knot in the cord. Slide a second large-hole bead onto the cord above the knot, via the other end of the cord. Tie a knot above the second bead to secure it.

Pull the cord through the opening of one wine bottle top, so that the bottle caps hang inside it. The second large bead you tied on to the cord serves as a stopper to keep the wine bottle from sliding off the cord.

Tie a knot in the cord above the first wine bottle. Slide three more bottle caps onto the cord above this knot. Measure 3 inches from the top of these bottle caps and tie another knot in the cord. Slide a third large bead onto the cord above this knot and secure.

Pull the string through a second wine bottle top so that the bottle caps and part of the first wine bottle hang inside of it. As the glass and metal strike one another, you may already notice some chime-like sounds.

Tie a knot above the second wine bottle and slide the last three bottle caps onto the cord. Measure 3 inches above these bottle caps and tie another knot. Slide a fourth large bead onto the cord and secure.

Pull the cord through the third and final wine bottle top so that the bottle caps and part of the second wine bottle hang inside of it. If needed, you can secure the top of the third bottle with another large bead. Hang this wine-bottle chime outdoors.

Warning

Wear gloves and safety goggles when working with glass.