Wine bottle lights are a gift that can be given any time of year really. Especially if you want to give yourself the gift of drinking a few bottles of wine so that you have some nice looking bottles to start with.
I saw this idea in a number of places and can’t even really point to a source.
- Empty wine bottle (colored ones are nicer than clear)
- Indoor/outdoor christmas lights. I used a clear strand with 20 bulbs and a plug only on one end
- Corded drill (cordless will run out of batteries)
- 1/2″ Glass drill bit (like this one at home depot)
- Wire and beads if you want to make a “necklace” for the bottle
- Wear safety glasses and gloves while drilling through the bottles. None of mine broke during drilling, but make sure to be safe.
- I used a piece of styrofoam to cradle the bottle while drilling it
- Use the label to start the hole. If the bottle doesn’t have a label, put a piece of masking tape on the bottle.
- Start drilling. The whole process takes 20 – 30 minutes. I would start and stop quite often because my hand got tired.
- Drill until the drill bit fits through the hole
- Soak the bottle in hot water with a bit of oxyclean until the label is easy to get off. A razor blade will help. I also used a brillo pad to take off the glue. After that was done, I used a bottle brush to clean out the glass dust left in the bottle.
- Feed the lights one by one through the hole
- Using some wire and vintage beads from Etsy I made a necklace for the bottle
I’d like to think I’ll make a whole army of these to decorate my yard, perhaps under the bottle tree but we’ll see how that goes. For now though, the bottles have been a hit with the recipients!