How to Make a Special Bottle Fence

bottle-fence

Why not try something special in this summer? Make a creative and unique bottle fence .. drill a hole in the bottom of each bottle, then run rebar through the bottles. Can you imagine how stunning it would be when the sun goes through it? At least it is a inspiration model … if you decide to build one .. select different colors of bottles to bring a special glow. This idea fits perfect in a summer terrace … How does it look?

bottle-fence

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      • Silly Old Woman on said:

        Find a suitable means of keeping the bottle steady and upside down then build a clay dam around the area you want to drill and fill this little pool with water…if you don’t keep this little dammed area full of water…your bottle will crack or shatter from the heat generated by the diamond bit spinning at high speed…takes a little time but is worth the effort…just need to find a diamond drill bit large enough to accommodate the rebar! These speciality drill bits can be pricy. We got one at Harbor Freight and it was about $20…but so long as you always use water…and PLENTY of it…our bit has lasted a very long time…drilled many holes in lots of glass!

  • Now that would be telling ya…….I just love all these ‘easy’ things to make,it is a bit like the unreadable instructions that are given with certain flatpacks- totally incomprehensible ,faded diagrams and English that really is double Dutch.
    But seriously folks,I do have an idea how this bottle fence has been made and will gladly pass on the information,just let me know.

    🙂

    • Janet Harrison-Ybarra on said:

      I have started a collection of bottles…wanted to make a bottle tree…but I love this “fence”…Directions, please?

    • Silly Old Woman on said:

      Help??? Need ideas on how to attach the individual bottle filled rebar to something to hold it upright and stable???
      Thanks for any help…I really want one of these and already have many bottles ready to drill…
      Regards!

      • paqrat on said:

        Just a thought, but I think instead of rebar I’d use threaded metal rod. With that one could use washer and nuts to put between the bottles and leave enough of the threaded rod at top and bottom then one could insert the rod then tighten with nuts. Also another variation on this would be to use threaded pipe like one finds in lamps. One could then make a lamp with the colored bottles. Same as one would do with the fence but requiring a lot fewer bottles.

        Another advantage to using threaded metal rod is I believe one could find a smaller diameter rod than rebar. Smaller diameter rod=smaller diameter diamond drill.

        • David on said:

          Threaded metal rod sounds like a good idea but it would probably rust. You could paint it but it would still be a bit unsightly, I think. I would probably hide the bar by cutting PVC pipe or short pieces of bamboo in between bottles.

        • I think I’d also get some rubber washers for between the bottles… the wind could break them if they rubbed hard enough

      • David on said:

        If you are setting this in an area of your patio I would suggest simply framing it with wood (like two by fours treated for outside use). If the patio has pillars holding up the roof you could make it to fit inside this area. Measure your area, cut the frame to fit, lay it out on the grass of your back yard and tap nails in to temporarily hold frame together as you will need to take it apart for the final assembly. Create all of your bottles-on-rods however you desire and lay them out inside the frame, spacing them as desired. When you have everything arranged the way you want it, mark the locations top and bottom of where you want to insert your rods and then take the frame apart and drill holes top and bottom, insert your rods and re-assemble the frame. Lift it into place and nail frame and into the area you picked for it.
        That’s the general idea; you may have to modify it for your particular environment.

        • David on said:

          Don’t forget to make sure your rods are long enough to go from the inside of the bottom of the frame to inside of the top of the frame! Generally, it is also a good idea to clear caulk the holes in the wood at the bottom after final assembly and installation to keep water out as rain will enter the holes and eventually split and/or rot the wood.

  • Becky S. on said:

    I bet if there’s any space at all between the bottles, the wind makes all kinds of weird noises as it blows across the mouths of the bottles! It sure whistles in my window air-conditioners.

  • so….could you drill the holes side-to-side and have the bottles stack horizontally? That would really make the wind-blow-sounds fantastic.

    • I had just thought of that a few seconds before reading your post.

      I am a scientific glassblower and drilling those holes is not an easy task, very easy to break the glass if you go too fast, the use of water is necessary!

    • What about covering the bottles with some kind of clear paint or plastic wrap? Or maybe you could glue clear colored beads, inside or outside, clear bottles in a net design or on strings. There are kits to make suncatchers that you cook in the oven to set. Could you put these on the bottles before baking? Anyone expand on these ideas? We also have a large recycle system in our town. Maybe we could get bottles there, or at the drop off sites.

      • Another idea. Your local bars have tons of wine, beer and water bottles. Maybe you could make a deal! Try your fancy health food stores or book stores that sell bottled “whatever” I used to get the beer bottles that had the wired cap to use as storage bottles for vinager and oils.

    • Michelle on said:

      Contact some local bars. I’m sure they’ll be happy to give you some bottles!

      My friend needed a TON of bottle caps for a class project (she is a teacher, and she spray painted all the caps so they they wouldn’t have beer logos on them) and she called a bar and they just made a box for her and threw them in there instead of in the trash.

    • I had friends and friends of friends save them for me. I also contacted local wine shops with wine tastings to save their used ones. Got over 300 in less than a year.

    • Loretta on said:

      I was getting some of mine from our recyclable dump. WE used the diamond tip on the drill, I just wanted to know what they are using to connect the rebar on top and bottom.

    • Marti on said:

      ask a local restaurant to save over a weekend, promising to pick up promptly on Monday morning….Olive Garden Italian in my area did this for me on another project…will get mostly ambers and clear so you may have to ask others to save the other colors for you

  • Sandy heels on said:

    Or you could string corks between the bottles or alternate a row of a string of corks and or beads between the rows of bottles. Ive also seen a room divider made with strung corks and beads and glass figures. It was really eye catching!

    • Chris Bowen on said:

      Just take a 2×4 and if you are using 1/2 in rebar, drill 1/2″ holes, in to it, on 6″ centers for the top. Insert each into the wood top…..I am planning on making the bottom the same way

  • Greg on said:

    I clicked the link thinking I was going to get instructions on “How To” do it. Instead we’re served up a fluffy paragraph saying pretty much what the post on FB said. It’s a fail in my book when the readers have to supply the knowledge on behalf of the page. Great idea. Poor info.

  • Kurt on said:

    I haven’t made a fence like this, but I have drilled into a bottle before. I found the best way for me was to use a small bucket of sand. fill the bucket almost to the top, take the bottle and push it into the sand far enough to hold the bottle steady. it only takes a small trickle of water at the drill site to keep your bit cool and to keep tiny bits of glass from flying about. keep the drill rotation fairly slow and be patient!

  • I am a Scientific Glassblower. I have also worked construction in my life for a number of years.

    The drilling of holes in glass can be done with diamond hole drills and rebar is measured in size I believe they start at #2 and go up from there. A #2 rebar is called 1/4 inch, a #3 would be 3/8 inch, and #4 would be 1/2 inch, and for every increase in number the size is larger by 1/8 inch. For a bottle support I would suggest #4 or 1/2 inch and I would say you would want 6 foot of rebar. The concern I have is that will the #4 rebar fit inside the top opening of the bottle? (I do not drink, so I do not know.) If it does, you need to make sure that the drill you purchase will be large enough to have clearance for the nobs on the outside of the rebar. For a #4 the drill will need to be 5/8 diameter diamond.

    Then to support the rebar top and bottom, I would use 4×4 pressure treated. I would drill with hole saw the 5/8 inch hole about 1 1/2 inches deep and dig out the plug. The spacing of the holes sill set how many rod and the bottle diameters will set how close the holes. Then you will put the bottles on each rod, when you have all the rods ready with bottles, lay 4×4 on ground with holes parallel to the ground. Insert rebar into holes then the top board start at one end and insert each rebar into top holes as you go down the board. (You might want to use a rope or ratchet strap to hold the one end of the boards together as you insert the rebar into each hole on the top board.) One you have the rebar inserted in the 4×4’s top and bottom you will need to finish a frame to hold it all together. Then you would stand it up as a wall and install it where you want it.

    As to the diamond cutting of the holes. The bottle will have to be securely held in place. If you are not good with tools, have someone who is good with tools do this operation for you! You do not want to break the glass and cut yourself! I would suggest this be done in a drill press and I would suggest for the 5/8″ diamond hole drill that the RPM (revolutions per minute) be no more then 600 rpm. The pressure to drill will start light until you have a well defined grove for the drill, then you can increase the pressure to about 3 ft. lbs. on the drill press arm until you get close to the inside edge of the bottle and then back off the pressure to light as possible just like when you started the drilling process. It is best to have a water supply through the center of the diamond drill, if you can not do that, then use the method mentioned of taking molding clay and make a dam for the water to sit in and drill under the water.

    If you pay someone to drill those holes, it would not surprise me if they were to charge $5.00 per hole.

    Have fun.

  • banjobraids on said:

    I have a bottle tree and got some interesting colored bottles from TJ Maxx. It was hard to find unusual colored bottles for a low price otherwise. Got a few on ebay, but they’re expensive.

  • Maggie L. on said:

    Think this would have to.come down in the winter or would enough silicone, properly applied be enough protection from freezing and subsequent breaking???

  • Elizabeth Sagarminaga on said:

    Indeed, these fences are very beautiful. A very nice and creative idea for enhancing the beauty of the outdoors of your house. Thanks for sharing the picture. I will definitely try it out. Please give us some tips on how to stick one bottle to another. Thanks in advance for any tips.

  • Nancy Cabreta on said:

    Do you need directions on building a Bottle Wall ? Simply go to YouTube and type ” How to build a Glass Bottle Wall. You can find many Videos with step by step instructions. You’re welcome.

  • Douglas on said:

    Hi

    I would love to make this bottle fence and I love to see what type of drill bit you use to drill the bottle can you send me the pictures please please .

    my self I do work with wire and beads so I need to mix with bottles

    thank you

    Douglas

  • Jules on said:

    After reading about 30 of these comments, I decided that life is much too short to make this bottle fence; it’s even too short to read all of the comments!

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