I know, I know… it’s not *exactly* a craft supply. But those of you who’ve been here before know how deeply obsessed I am with vintage bottles. We live next door to a drive-in movie theater that’s been around since 1955, and apparently in the 1950s when you took out the trash at the drive-in, a perfectly acceptable receptacle was the woods behind the screen. That’s why I have my full share, and then some, of vintage bottles from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and I am spoiled for choice about what to do with them.
I give some away, craft with plenty of them, and I hoard the really special ones in what is probably an unhealthy manner but I don’t care–I love them! Lately, I have been showing off my unconscionable vintage glass bottle hoard by shining them brightly using this nifty little gizmo, the Bottle Light.
The Bottle Light is a USB-charged LED light that sits in the neck of a bottle. It tapers, so it can fit a wide range of widths, and it points down, refracting light through the bottle and out. It’s brightest with clear bottles, but translucent bottles can give a lovely effect. Brown beer bottles have a yellowish cast, while my favorite is the vintage Sprite bottle in the top photo. Although wine bottles might immediately come to mind when you think of lighting a bottle, most of them are too opaque to work well, unfortunately.
You can also use these bottle lights to DIY quick and easy decorative lanterns. We had been using these tissue-paper decoupaged glass bottles as vases, but they’ve been universally transferred to lanterns, now that we have this light to make them glow. The light would also work well with stenciled bottles–paint everything around your stencil to be opaque, and all the light will shine through your stenciled image!
The Bottle Light is small enough and bright enough that I’m happy with it, but I’ve already started brainstorming DIY versions that would be brighter, or fill the bottle with more light. Twinkle lights are the obvious solution, but the plug or battery box makes the set-up less portable and more unwieldy. For now, though, I’m just pretending like having my shelf full of vintage bottles lit all pretty makes my massive vintage bottle hoard less weird.