Wine Bottle Lamp

Recycle your old wine bottles into beautiful lamps. They can be displayed on a counter, table, or anywhere where an outlet is within close proximity. I used Christmas tree lights that were on clearance after Christmas for the electrical portion of the lamp and a diamond-tip drill bit to make a hole in the bottles. A little more digging in my craft supplies revealed several floral possibilities for decorating them. Make several as gifts or merchandise for your next craft show.


Approximate Time: 1 hour


  • wine bottle
  • bath towel
  • wooden box
  • measuring tape
  • masking tape
  • 1/2-inch diamond-tip drill bit
  • drill
  • clear Christmas lights (35-light string)
  • ivy garland
  • pip berry garland
  • wire cutters


  1. Rinse out your wine bottle. If your label is not very decorative, or you think it may be distracting to the finished design, remove it by soaking the bottle in hot soapy water, then peel off the label. Use steel wool to remove any glue residue. Stand the bottles upside down to drain and dry.
  2. Tip: To dry and drain my bottles, I hooked them over the end of the shepherd's hooks that hold the hanging flower pots in my yard.

  3. Drape an old bath towel over a wooden box similar in size to a miter box. Lay the wine bottle on the towel, allowing it to sink into the box. The box will hold the bottle in place while drilling.
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  5. Place a piece of masking tape on the side of the bottle, 1/2 inch above the bottom edge. Measure up 1 inch from the bottom edge and make a mark on the tape. Drill a 1/2-inch hole at the mark using a diamond-tip drill bit. Shake out the glass plug and dust.
  6. Tip: The glass will get very hot during drilling. To prevent cracking, dip the tip of the bit in water before beginning to drill. Place the tip at an angle over the mark. Do not apply heavy pressure. As the bit begins to create a groove in the bottle, stand the bit up straight and firmly drill through bottle. Ease off on the pressure just before it goes all the way through the glass. This will prevent chipping around the hole on the inside of the bottle.


  7. Turn the bottle upside down. Insert the light on the end of a clear 35-light string into the drilled hole. Continue to insert each light on the string. With the bottle upside down, the string of lights will fall toward the neck and fill the bottle. After the last light has been inserted, turn the bottle right side up.
  8. Twist together a 4-foot length of ivy garland (or other greenery garland) and pip berry garland. The pip berry garland will have wire in the vine and the berry stems. Cut using wire cutters. Wind the end of the twisted garland around the light cord where it extends from the drilled hole. Twist the wire end of the pip berry garland to secure.
  9. Wind the garland around the bottle to the top of the neck. Wrap the end around the neck and twist the ends to secure. To prevent the garland from untwisting, bring pip berry stems together on rows of the wrapped garland that are right next to each other. Twist the stems together. Randomly repeat around the bottle until the garland is secure.
  10. Optional: On some of my bottle lamps I added grapevine before adding the ivy and pip berry garland.

    By Cyndee from Winfield, KS

June 15, 20110 found this helpful

This is a very beautiful craft idea, and the easy-to-follow instructions will be an inspiration and all the encouragement needed to get others interested in such a neat project.

I have saved a few "good" wine bottles and my hubby has the tools needed, so I have something else to add to his "HoneyDo List" now. I wish I'd known how to make this last Christmas, but I'm planning to make good use of it this year.

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely lamps.

Thumbs Up !


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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

I love your idea! I have a friend who drinks a couple of bottles of wine a week so I'd have a steady supply ;-) Can you get one of these drill bits to use in the electric screw drills generally used by carpenters because I have one of those drills? If not, could you make a suggestion of where to try to have someone drill the holes for me?

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June 15, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you! I'm glad you like it!

@Deeli, Yes, this bit should work in your drill. The part of the bit you see extending from the tip of the drill is actually larger in diameter than the part inserted into the drill. The part of the bit inserted in the drill is slightly smaller than the diameter of a pencil.


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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

These are so cheerful! I am going to make them and sell them for the humane society! Thanks!

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you, Cyndee, for the answer about the drill bit. I'll price them at assorted hardware and home improvement stores and purchase one as soon as I can afford it. :-)

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful

Love this. I am going to try and change it up a bit and take wire and wrap it around the head to see if I can hang them outside as "lanterns" to create some ambiance in my yard. I'll post when I actually get this done. I have everything but the drill bit, but I bet I know some guy with one who would like to help me out! Thank You.

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March 8, 20150 found this helpful

Information on drilling bottle was very helpful. I used a Pendelton bottle to make a lamp, putting the red bucking bronco on the shade.

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December 16, 20150 found this helpful

Fantastic,I love this stuff

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January 19, 20160 found this helpful

I make them with fairy lights I get on Amazon. They are very snall led lights the size of rice. And they work on batteries so you can put them literally anywhere you want.

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September 1, 20160 found this helpful

I'm curious about the using of the 'fairy lights' you purchase from are you inserting that battery pack into the bottle with only 1/2" holeor do you just let it lay beside the bottle and camouflage it? Thanks

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