Carving and Illuminating Pumpkin Beer Bottles for Halloween

I’m sure you’ve noticed some of the great beer bottle art that’s out on the shelves…especially now that its Halloween.  The beer is pretty good too, but the bottles are downright wicked!  And finding reuses for them totally justifies the price of the bottle.

This year, in lieu of pumpkins, we picked up some great pumpkin beers, popped the the tops off, cleaned out the insides, cut the bottoms off and added a candles to illuminate from within.   They looked awesome!

Add a tea light directly under the bottle, or for bombers cut the bottom off a smaller bottle and add a votive candle.

The bottles shown below are New Belgium’s KICK (An 8.5% tart fruity beer brewed with cranberry juice and pumpkin and partially aged in wood barrels – much like Sam Adams’ Cranberry Lambic, didn’t taste any pumpkin) and Southern Tier’s Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Beer (Outstanding!).

The best part is that we can put them away and pull them out again for next year!   This is the start of an ongoing collection!

Cheers beers!

  1. Ellie
    October 23, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I love this idea! What type of tool did you use to cut off the bottoms of the bottles? I would love to start my own collection as well!

    • October 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

      The best way I’ve found is to use a bottle cutter to score the around the bottle, then transfer the bottle from hot water to ice water to break it. If the score is clean, you should get a nice clean break. Then use some rough sand paper to smooth out the sharp edges. Here’s a link to a YouTube video that demonstrates:

      The company giving the video, Delphi, also sells several bottle cutters and you can find tons of ideas for using cut bottles on their site –

      Have fun!!!

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