Making decorative wine bottles goes back to ancient times. In 1867, near Speyer, Germany archeologists found the world's oldest bottle of wine. The bottle in question is of Roman make and decorated with two handles in the shapes of dolphins. Today, this decorative tradition manifests itself with wine bottles coming in colored glass with strikingly designed labels; it can almost seem like a shame to throw these bottles away. Recycling wine bottles to act as lamps capitalizes on their colored glass, and the naturally pleasing effect of light shining through them.
Things You'll Need
- Dish detergent
- Safety goggles
- Glass cutting drill bit
- String lights
Wash out your wine bottle completely. Rinse it out well. Place a dishtowel on a flat surface and place the wine bottle upside down on the towel to dry. You may need to do this in the corner of your counter, so that you can lean the bottle against the adjoining wall.
Turn the bottle over and make a mark with a piece of chalk at the center point of the bottom.
Put on your safety goggles. Turn your bottle upside down again and hold it firmly with one hand, pressing the mouth of the bottle against your flat work surface. Drill a hole through the bottom of the bottle, right through the chalk mark. Your hole should at least be as big as a nickel, though ideally as big as a quarter.
Wipe away the dust from sanding with a damp cloth. Feed string-lights into the hole, light by light.
Plug in the lights to see your bottle nicely illuminated.
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