Making wine glasses is easy and fun. Not to mention cheap. So come join me as I show how to take normal “Ball” canning jars and create cool homemade drinking glasses.
I’m sure some of you have seen in the stores the “Redneck” wine glasses for sale. I saw them too and thought they were funny until I saw the price. Anywhere from 15 to 20 bucks each!!! I could not let this stand so I decided to make my own and make them better.
One night, my girlfriend was over and we decided to make these things. It was early December and they were destined to be the Christmas gifts for our friends (which, I might add, turned out great and they loved them).
Here is what you basically need:
- Mason jars (Ball, Kerr, etc.) – I used 4 of the 16oz Pint jars as well as some of the 8oz jelly jars for a different look
- 4 inch glass candle holders – I got mine through “Dollar Tree” a local dollar store but they can be gotten through almost any department store or craft store.
- Glass Glue- this is the important part, you can’t just use craft glue that says it can be used for glass and plastic and the like. These glasses will be in contact with water and while I wouldn’t recommend putting them in the dish washer, they will need to get cleaned so use a glue that is made for fixing broken glass or stem-wear. I found “Loctite Glass Glue” that said on the front that it is dishwasher safe.
- Sandpaper to clean up the surfaces that will be glued together.
Now that you got the supplies, here is how you make them:
Sand and clean the surfaced that will be glued so that there is nothing in the way of a good bond- bottom of the jar and the top rim of the candle holder.
Run a bead of glue around the rim of the candle holder and align and set the jar on top, holding it in place for 30-60 seconds. Note: do not use too much glue as it might leave a cloudy residue after it dries.
Let your newly made wine glasses set over night to cure and admire your work.
Fill up with your favorite beverage, or soup or whatever you want to use these for, and bask in the glory of your workmanship.
O yeah, I almost forgot. The cost of these things may be the best part. The candle holders only cost me 1 dollar each, the glue was 4 dollars for one tube (I only needed the one) and I got the mason jars for free so the glasses ended up costing less than 2 bucks a pop. Not too shabby I say.
PS. Hope you all had a happy Holiday Season.