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Make Corona Cups from Corona Bottles

Make Corona Cups from Corona Bottles

January 10, 2013 11

Why throw away your bottles when you can put them to use with a little arts and crafts. With a few simple techniques you can turn any beer bottle into a cocktail glass. All your guests will think you’re so creative, talented, and fun to drink with.  Plus, it involves fire!


The goal is to ‘cut’ off the top of the bottles so only the base remains. Because glass is fragile and will shatter with force, we turn to science. Glass when heated becomes more malleable. When cooled suddenly the glass will retract and these fragile, malleable areas will break. So what we are going to do is build a ring of fire around our bottle to cut of the necks. Sound fun? Good, lets get started.

itemsWhat You Need:

  • Corona bottles (or any glass beer bottle)
  • Thin rope or yarn
  • Nail polish remover
  • Sink with ice water
  • Scissors
  • Cup or Mug
  • Lighter
  • Sand Paper


  1. Fill up a sink or bucket with ice water. It should be deep enough for you to submerge an entire beer bottle.
  2. Clean out your bottles and dry them off.
  3. Take your yarn and wrap it around the bottle (where you want to cut) about 5 or 6 times. Tie a knot and snip off any extra.
  4. Pour some nail polish remover into a mug or cup.
  5. Slip off the yarn (try to keep the circle intact) and soak it in the nail polish remover. Make sure all of the yarn is soaked.
  6. Take the yarn out of the nail polish and slip it back onto your bottle where you want to make the cut.
  7. Finish*SAFETY STEP* Wash your hands before proceeding to get rid of excess nail polish remover or just use gloves.
  8. Take your bottle and your lighter and head over to your sink of ice water. While holding the neck of the bottle, light the yarn. Turn the bottle slowly so that it burns evenly.
  9. As soon as the flame stops, dip the entire bottle into the ice water. The bottle should break around the ring of fire.
  10. *CAREFUL* The edges of the cut may still be very sharp and hot so avoid touching them.
  11. Next you need to sand down the edges of the bottle so that they do not cut the lips of your guests.
  12. Make a margarita and enjoy!

Want to further distinguish your home bar? Keep your new Corona bottles cold with custom designed koozies like these:  You can make a nod to a favorite sports team, or emblazon them with your family name.



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  1. Kyle K January 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Some other good screen-printed bottles to do this with would be Stone Brewing’s and New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series.

  2. Sara July 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Hi, I tried this about four times, with different bottles and different nail polish removers. It did NOT break or even leave any sort of mark any of the times.

    • drinkadmin July 9, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

      What kind of rope are you using? Another option is to heat up the area you wish to break directly with your lighter before lighting up your rope. You also might need to give the area a little hit with a screw driver.

  3. Ray July 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    This was dumb! I tried it and the bottle kept crackin above and below where it broke.

  4. Christine July 16, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I also tried this and it didn’t work out for me either.

  5. Rachel July 16, 2013 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Has anyone else noticed the bottle they started with is Corona Light, and the finished product is a regular Corona…? Super cool idea I will be trying this out soon!!!

  6. Theresa July 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    For those that had trouble, try using 100% acetone nail polish remover. The first time I tried it, the nail polish remover was not 100% acetone and it didn\’t work. The second time, it worked like a charm. Also make sure the twine or rope is completely dry and wrapped around evenly.

  7. Frank J November 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Will this work with any bottle? I\\’d like to try a vodka bottle

  8. Sue February 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Interesting. What do you use to sand the glass?

  9. Linda May 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I want to put something on the label to protect it. Got any ideas

  10. victoria July 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I used lighter fluid instead of nail polish fluid.

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