DIY Wine Bottle Lamp with Christmas Lights…Brightest Idea Yet!
Do you want to diy a wine bottle accent lamp with mini lights to amaze your guests at your next party …or razzle-dazzle your domicile with a little ambiance?
I have a great backstory for this one. I got to attend the Cotton Pickin’ Fair in Gay, Georgia in 2006 (look it up – it’s a bi-annual spring and fall craft fair) In one of the booths a vendor was selling handmade wine bottle lamps filled with midget lights. All of them one of a kind with different art on them. That one was hard to leave empty-handed; I left with one that had pretty grape clusters.
This was honestly the first time I’d ever seen a repurposed wine bottle so naturally even though I enjoyed using mine, I was thinking, “I gotta make one of those, too” I had so much fun making this wine bottle with midget lights inside…yep, just an ordinary string of clear midget lights to make this show-stopper. Yep, the same kind I use for my funky light string covers.
Materials For Your DIY Wine Bottle With Christmas Lights Project
What about you? Great, now let’s get started! Here are the important materials: Besides an empty wine bottle (duh!), you will also need:
- A string of 25 clear midget Christmas lights (Fewer work best- Also it needs to be the kind with one plug and not the multi-string connector thingy at the other end)
- Special glass drill bit
- Optional: Paints (acrylic for use on glass works best), decor pieces like raffia ties, flatbed faux gemstones, etc.
- Strong adhesive if you plan on glueing on “bling”
Making Your Wine Bottle Lamp with Lights
Step One) First carefully remove the label from the bottle (If you’re a wine aficionado, you may prefer to leave the label on, that’s OK too) Sometimes there’s a back label with a bar code on it and those can be detracting from the bottle’s appeal. Need help removing those pesky labels? This post may help:)
Water will help but with stubborn labels I always use something like Goo Gone which works like gangbusters.
The good news is this lamp will look so amazing with so few materials…the bad news is that there’s some technical skill involved first. You’ll have to make that little bitty hole so the light string can pass through easily.
Step Two) You need a diamond drill bit for this task, very important. They don’t look like the kind of bits I use for other crafty tasks. If you are in any way unsure of yourself for this step, please seek assistance from a friends or relative with the know-how. It’s not worth swallowing your pride if the bottle breaks cause then you’ll be SOL.
I was kind of scared to attempt it and so I got my ex at the time to do it. In addition to the special drill bit you would also need some tape to go over the spot, a misting bottle (all that friction can cause heat and this would be more likely to cause the potential to break) and safety goggles.
The hole just needs to be about the size of a dime to be able to thread midget lights easily.
Step Three) The area around the cutout hole may be sharp. You’ll want to use a little sandpaper or an emery board to go around it so you don’t accidentally cut yourself when threading the light string through.
This is pretty much the same procedure taken that was necessary for my other lamp from a mason jar 🙂
Step Four) Thread the light string (carefully -at times it can feel like they want to balk; you can only pull one little light through at a time) through the hole.
If you prefer, you might could wrap something protective around the part of wire that is exposed there, such as a piece of plastic straw cut down the middle. I’d say use tape but it can leave a messy residue behind.
You may have to tip the bottle sideways and upside down from time to time so the lights will be evenly dispersed in the wine bottle. I had this problem at first-no matter what I did, the lights would always stay on the bottom when I wanted a few of them closer to the top and the neck.
I found a cool trick when I got my hands on some floral decor filler -those pretty little crystals you see-that stuff looks so pretty and really highlights the lights too when I plug it in, in addition to filling in space so that I could distribute the lights better.
If you’ve got a skinnier wine bottle, you may not have this problem so much 🙂
Jazzing Up Your Wine Bottle Lamp with Embellishments
I replaced the cork when I had the crystal filler/lights all in the right place I wanted them. The finishing touch…I wrapped a few strands of raffia near the top in a bow…seems no repurposed bottle is complete without a sprig of raffia on it.
If your wine bottle is clear you might want to consider doing something similar just for the heck of it…a little rhinestone bling, glitter, or whatever you fancy.
Some wine bottles come in dark colors like green or red or brown (I’m not a wino or anything don’t worry – just something I’ve observed) and that in themselves can look great all on their own but with a clear transparent bottle I just wanted to kick it up a notch in the color department.
I had the most fun applying a little artwork and glitz! Looks like I went a little hog wild here with the bling 🙂 Next to the rose, I think that yellow thing is either another flower or a butterfly (What do YOU think?)
When all the glitzy stuff dries you should be able to plug it into any standard wall outlet and …walla! Beautiful!
So there you have it…I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know how it goes for you.