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Making Wine Bottle Lights

Wine Bottle LightsInstead of tossing any empty wine bottles you have, why not turn them into a wine bottle lamp? With a few Christmas lights and a little imagination you can turn a plain wine bottle into a stunning lighted decoration. Wine bottles are made with great care so that they are all unique and very eye-catching for the customer. Any wine bottle, whether simply pretty or very unique and quirky, can be used to add a warm glow to any room.

Such a simple combination with near limitless possibilities, wine bottle lights are incredibly simple to make. Craft lights are just perfect for lighting a wine bottle. They are small enough to feed through the small hole that will have to be drilled in the back or you might consider, if the lights are small enough, running them through the top of your wine bottle. If you choose to run them through the top of your wine bottle, it would be a good idea to get some decoration to hide it, such as flowers, vine, grapes – there is endless potential.

The light you get from your wine bottle light display can vary quite a bit depending on what color craft lights you use. Try to experiment with craft light colors and decorations to find what will fit your décor the best.


Items You Need:

  • Safety Glasses and Gloves
  • Drill
  • 1/2 Inch Diamond Drill Bit
  • Craft Light String (20 Mini Light or 35 Mini Light Set)
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Lubricant (WD-40/Cooking Spray)
  • Wine Bottle

Steps on Creating Your Lighted Wine Bottle Craft:

  • Cleaning your wine bottle. Be sure to rinse out your wine bottle with a little warm soapy water. You want to make sure there is no wine residue leftover. Let dry.
  • Decide where to drill. If you are using a wine bottle with labels still on, pick a spot in the back, near the bottom that is free from labels. If you are using a bottle without labels, just pick a spot near the bottom of the bottle.
  • Prepare to drill. Get out your lubricant of choice and spray some onto the spot where you decided to drill your hole. Make sure that you get plenty of lubricant on your wine bottle. Put on your safety glasses and gloves. Glass is very brittle and whenever you drill into something like a wine bottle, you risk it shattering and injuring yourself. Please work slowly and with much care.
  • Drilling the hole. Put your 1/2 inch diamond drill bit into your drill. Start the drill and gently press down on your wine bottle. Do not force the drill bit through the glass, allow it to do its job. Drilling can take a bit of time, try to be patient. Continue applying slight downward pressure until you are sure you have drilled all the way through your wine bottle.
  • Check for cracks. If you see any cracks in your wine bottle, discard the bottle. If you do not see any cracks, clean the outside of your bottle with a little glass cleaner. Rinse out the inside of your wine bottle with some water, just to be sure you remove all the bits of glass. Allow your bottle to dry.
  • Add craft lights. The type of craft lights you use is a matter of personal preference. I would recommend using a 20 mini light or 35 mini light set with no end connector. These are usually the best choice because you don't want to overload your wine bottle craft with too many mini lights or too much wire. Insert the first bulb on the craft light string through the hole you have drilled into your wine bottle. Continue to feed your lights through the hole until all lights are inside the bottle. Be careful to not nick the cord on the glass opening. Once you've gotten your lights inside the wine bottle, plug in your craft light string. Use a metal coat hanger or crochet hook to situate your bulbs where you would like them. Just try to avoid getting bulbs in the neck of your wine bottle.
  • Decorating your lighted wine bottle. Decorating is all a matter of your preference. One of the classic ways to decorate is to put grapes and ivy in the top of the wine bottle so they can cascade down. Painted wine bottle are also beautiful, using a holiday scene, flowers or using the colors of a party or wedding so you can use them as centerpieces. Glue beads to the outside to make them look almost like stained glass. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorations for your lighted wine bottle.