How to Make Lighted Wine Bottles

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Things You'll Need

  • Power drill

  • ½ inch diamond drill bit

  • String of end-to-end lights

  • Aerosolized lubricant spray

  • Frosting spray paint (optional)

  • Stick or long, slender object

Empty wine bottles usually end up in the trash can or recycling bin. However, one can transform an old bottle into a lighted piece that accents a room with a warm glow in a matter of minutes. Each lighted wine bottle has a unique color, vibrancy and decor, especially if you decide to paint the inside with a frosting spray. These "do-it-yourself" lamps are ideal for a low-cost gift or a creative way to decorate your house during the holiday season.


Step 1

Rinse the bottle with water to remove leftover wine. Then, dip the outside of the bottle in hot water to soften the label. Peel off and discard the softened label.

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Step 2

Spray the drill bit with the aerosolized lubricant as it drills through the glass. Lightly press the drill bit against the back side of the bottle, at the base, and drill a hole. Rinse the bottle, with water, to remove glass shards.

Step 3

Spray the paint into the bottle to color the inside walls of the bottle. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.

Step 4

Stuff the light string into the bottle through the hole at the base of the bottle. Spread the lights evenly around the bottle's interior using a stick or other slender object. Plug in the light strand and enjoy your lighted wine bottle.


Wear safety glasses while drilling through the glass to help prevent accidental injury.


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