Published on November 28th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano11
Handmade Holidays: Wine Bottle Lamps
It took a little practice and a lot of help from my husband but we figured out how to make them just right. Then we ran out of lights and couldn’t find anymore. Hopefully this season we can.
Most of the wine bottle lamps you see at craft shows and on Etsy are made with cheap strands of mini Christmas lights…that get hot and are not eco-friendly. These lights may look pretty but you risk the bottle getting too hot, plus they suck energy.
All of my wine bottle lamps are filled with LED lights. Last year we found single strands (one end) LED lights with 30 lights on the strand. They fit perfectly into the bottles but we didn’t buy a lot.
Then we couldn’t find any more. All the LED light strands had 50 or more lights which made the bottles look over stuffed. And all the other LED strands we found had double ends. Which if it has a double end the large female plug end will not fit through the small hole that we feed the lights into to fill the bottle.
Now that the holiday season has hit I have been searching but still not finding those lights. I will keep looking though.
Anyway if you can find the lights, the bottles are easy enough to make.
A couple glass wine bottles (a few to spare to test out the drill bit, sometimes it takes a little practice before you are able to drill the hole without cracking the bottle)
A diamond tip drill bit made to cut glass, don’t buy a cheap one either get a good brand name one like DeWalt
A drill press or a guide to keep the bottle in place while drilling the hole
A single end strand of LED lights
And any decorations you want to add to the lamp, grapes, raffia, vines, etc.
Start out by making sure your wine bottle is clean and dry.
Then steady the bottle in a guide so it doesn’t move while you are drilling the hole.
A trick to make sure the glass doesn’t shatter- you need to keep the glass and the tip of the drill bit wet, this should keep the glass from breaking as you drill into it.
After the hole is drilled and the glass is dry you may want to coat the inside of the hole with an epoxy or file the edges slightly so the hole isn’t too sharp. You don’t want it to wear through your light cord.
Feed the light strand through the bottom hole and pull up to the top of the bottle. You can do this with a piece of wire coat hanger, it will help pull the lights upinto the bottle neck.
Once the lights are how you like you can decorate your lamp and the possibilities are endless.
I stick a cork in the top of mine and use the cork to adhere vines, grapes, and other decorations to.
We gave a couple of these lamps as gifts last year and they were a big hit. Now everyone wants their own so hopefully we can find some lights.
Good luck and have fun.
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