How to Transform a Wine Bottle into an Electric Lamp

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What is it about wine that says romance? Add some soft lighting to your wine and you have an instant romantic setting. How about combining the two? Turn your empty wine bottles into fun and crafty electric lamps. It’s easy, it’s fun and you’ll have unique home lighting like no one else. It’s a great way to preserve memories from that romantic evening you shared over that bottle of wine and a great green way to keep bottles out of the trash and recycling bins.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty wine bottle
  • Drill with glass cutting bit
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Wine bottle lamp kit
  • Lamp shade
  • Decorating accessories: glass paint, etching materials, decoupage supplies (your choice or none at all)

Transform a Wine Bottle into an Electric Lamp

  • Clean your bottle out really well. You don’t want any leftover gunk at the bottom of your pretty lamp.

  • Purchase a wine bottle electric lamp kit. It comes with all the hardware you need--nothing to put together or wires to run or splice. All you do is stick it in the bottle. NationalArtCraft.com has bottle lamp kits. I find that the one with three different stopper sizes is the best to get; that way, in case your bottle is a little off the normal size it will still work. See Resources below for a direct link.

  • Drill a hole in the back, lower base part of your bottle. It needs to be big enough to pull the power cord through the bottle. Wear protective eyewear and gloves so you don’t get cut; you are working on glass after all.

  • Decorate the bottle however you choose. You can keep it au natural with the original label attached or you can take the label off with some Goo Gone and leave it bare. Other options include etching the glass, decoupaging the bottle or painting the bottle with glass paint. Get creative. Plus, if you have several bottles you can experiment and see what turns out the best for you.

  • Put your lamp together. Run the cord through the top of the bottle opening and out through the hole you drilled in the base. Put the stopper in and attach the light fixture.

  • Add a bulb and plug it in. Does it work? If so, great. If not adjust everything and make sure it is tight. If that still doesn’t work you might need to try another lamp kit or consult someone who is electrically knowledgeable to fiddle with your wires.

  • Grab a shade and put it all together if everything works. You might need a shade holder/adapter if the lamp kit doesn’t come with one. You can even add more fun and decorate the shade as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are several variations you can use to make an electric lamp out of a wine bottle. You can stuff the bottle full with a strand of small Christmas lights instead of adding a bulb. This makes for a pretty, soft glow.
  • Be careful cutting the glass; fragments and shards can fly out while drilling.

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