April 27, 2011

DIY-Bottle Lamp

Remember these?

Now that you've enjoyed a lovely bottle of wine or two you can make yourself a bottle lamp. Heres how:

1. Clean your bottle and allow to dry.

2. You'll need a piece of clay to help keep the water from running off-just form a ring barrier around the area you intend to drill. 

3. Using your 1/2inch diamond head bit, drill into the reservoir of water the clay allows you to maintain. 
(Notice the black plastic holders on each side of the bottle. This is to keep it from rolling off the table) 

Be careful during this process the bottle may break if you apply too much pressure, or work too quickly. My first attempt was a success, but bottle number 2 and 3 did not make it.

3. You can sand the edges with sanding paper if desired. Be sure to clean the bottle once again making sure there aren't any little pieces of glass. 

4. Now your ready for your christmas lights. You can add between 35-50 lights depending on how big your bottle is. To help manipulate placement of lights use a wire hanger to push the lights into the bottle.
You can find lights at this time of year in the garden section of your everyday department store. 

5. Now your ready to add the cord switch. Just follow the directions on the back(you can find these at any hardware store). 

Voila! You have a really cool looking lamp, and a great conversation piece at that. 
 You can top the bottle with your favorite wine stopper or simply use the cork it came with. You can also use a tiny little lamp shade(I attempted to make one my self but I didn't like the way it turned out). The decor for these bad boys are endless. 

Have fun creating your own lamp. A bientot.


  1. Hi Janina,
    I love the wine bottle lamps! These would look really cool on a porch at night. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the compliment.
    Rosemary :)

  2. They would look super groovy on a bar cart! Clever stuff!

  3. Great idea. Love your blog - I'm gonna follow from now on. Stop by for a visit some time if you'd like. Btw, you're prettier than all of the OC Housewives combined!

  4. Pretty smart idea! ( and I like the tip on putting clay around where you will drill to hold the water)

  5. Great idea. Love how they look kinda romantic :) Thanks for adding your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays!

  6. Happy Pink Saturday
    A brilliant idea.
    Lynne @ Adorn
    My Profile will direct you to the incorrect Blog (The Stampsmith) so if you would like to visit me, my entry is at

  7. There ya go, they look great! I have bottles awaiting "the" transformation, too. Just so many projects and not enough time. LOL. Stop on over to the Tin Shack for a visit.
    Happy PS.

  8. I love this idea! I have a real hard time throwing away pretty and interesting wine/liquor bottles. I will have to try it. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. Hello Janina! Literary Greetings ...
    I went through here and thought it was very well taken care of your space.
    Whenever I can come back.
    ♥ Hugs of Light

  11. I love your wine bottle lamps! I want to make a couple of these for outdoor lighting.


  12. Love it, what a great idea for a bar/recroom I am so glad you left the directions, I was trying to figure it out, like when you see a ship in a bottle LOL!


  13. Hi Janina,

    I was wondering if you shipped your amazing bottles? I'll pay top dollar$$..Let me know thanks!! Pss.. I looove your work! Very inspiring! =)

    &heart; CA

  14. The work is interesting and creative ..

  15. Janina where are you? Your readers miss you! (Me included!) Girl, congrats for the March's porject: AWESOME!!!. Hope everything's fine!!! Huge Hug!!! XoXo

  16. Interesting art. Colourful. Well-done.

    Dr. Russ Murray, BC, Canada

  17. Wow! this is such a clever idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  18. О! That's it! Thanks for this idea!!!

  19. I did this yesterday. It's really easy if you use a glass/tile drill bit that's got a carbide tip. You don't need to use water with one. Just make sure find a bit that is large enough. 1/2" is ideal. It took me less than 5 minutes to drill the hole!!

    It's a great way to re-use any type of glass container! :)

  20. Make sure you use LED christmas lights, the normal kind can overheat in a closed container and start a fire.

  21. This is really cool! This may be a silly question but is this safe to have that many christmas lights stuffed into a wine bottle couldnt the lights over heat? Just wondering but this looks really nice, good idea!

  22. This is so cute, yet can be quite elegant. What a great idea! I would love to try to make one of these...could be a fun gift for wine-loving girlfriends. :)

  23. LED lights are a must! Normal lights will overheat.

  24. I love this idea. Great timing! We have a lot of empty bottles of wine, so I can make many bottle lamps and use them for outdoor lighting. I’ll hang them at our patio and put some in our garden too. I’m excited to start this project. Thank you for this wonderful idea! ->Allison Shallenberger

    1. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by. :)

  25. This is always a engaging project because what you put into it is reflected in the end result. I've made several bottles with lights and bottle lamps myself. It's a really cool way to recycle plus when people see what your doing, they will either want to start collecting bottles for you or put in a request for their own favorite spirit.

    Nice post.

  26. I'm having trouble with this. I'm using 50 mini LED lights but 1/2" hole isnt the big enough to get the plug of the lights through. How did you get the lights in?

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