Picture of Wine Bottle Accent Light
When you're finished with this project, you will have a low-cost accent light made with commonly available materials. The project is simple and produces great-looking results. If you want to do this with a bottle that has sentimental value to you, I recommend that you practice first because glass is a hard, brittle material and you need to get a feel for the process to increase the likelihood of success.

This instructable is easily adapted to assembly-line processes... Once you have all the jjgs built and materials together, you can whip out bottle after bottle. Total time per bottle is about 10 minutes.

Step 1: Equipment and Materials List

Here's the materials and equipment list:

- Craftsman drill press or equivalent (you can do this project with a hand-held drill, but you'll have less control)
- Safety glasses
- Gloves
- Bottle and stopper jigs (See below for materials; instructions included)
- 1/2-inch diamond hole saw
- 5/16-inch drill bit
- 7/16-inch Forstner bit or standard drill bit the same size (the Forstner bit will work best, because it drills a flat-bottomed hole)
- A condiment bottle or other type of squeeze bottle
- A box knife or other sharp cutting tool
- Pliers

- Wine or liquor bottle, with cork or cap
- 12-inch section of wire coat hanger
- A 12-inch piece of 2x8 for the jig base
- 2 12-inch pieces of parting stop or similar material
- 6 1 1/2" wood screws
- 20-bulb string of white or multicolored Christmas lights
- #00 rubber stopper
- Modeling clay
- Goo-Gone brand adhesive removal product
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spa31rky5 years ago
Great work! I seen this at a local flee market......the people were selling them for $35 dollars and up.......and they sold too!
TabbyDeAnne5 years ago
This is fantastic! I also have wondered how to drill through glass and have lots of unused wine bottles so this is high on my list of "to do's"! Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us how!
KEUrban (author)  TabbyDeAnne5 years ago
You're very welcome. I'm glad you found it useful. I'd love to see you post your finished bottles!
ragdolldude5 years ago
I've made several of these bottle lights, using the led's. I"ve put up to 60 led bulbs in bottles. I cut off the plug and feed the cut wires first into the bottle. I solder a lamp cord/switch to wire ends that are pulled through thedrilled bottle . Glass bits can be found on Ebay easily. I then feed the bulbs in through the neck of the bottle. I use a mechanics claw tool to grab the bulbs and wires to help spread them around the bottle for a more even look. I've also used an etching compound to "frost" the bottles exterior. I've left some of the led bottles lit for several days, with no noticeable heat.
KEUrban (author)  ragdolldude5 years ago
That sounds very nice. I'd like to see a picture!
I can't seem to upload photos. All photos are jpeg format, but can't seem to get them into the reply box. Suggestions?
KEUrban (author)  ragdolldude5 years ago
Down below the reply box, lower-left, is an "add images" button. Once you browse to the file and add it, click the "Upload" button.
wdwdash5 years ago
 I did this project yesterday - pretty cool results!
KEUrban (author)  wdwdash5 years ago
Glad you like it!
luvit5 years ago
i;ll finish my wine tonight and do this. i have a string of lights in my shopping cart. they don't work, but that;s ok. i don;t have electricity.
and-reas5 years ago
I wanted to do a instructable about this exact same thing! Oh well, gonna make it anyway. Thanks for the tip of the reservoir =D
very pretty
j0nny6 years ago
I am planning on making some for a gift. However, i plan to use some glass frosting spray on the inside of the bottle to hide the lights a bit and make a cool lighting effect. It might look dreadful but i'll post how it goes. Oh, and thanks for the great instructable!
wiccanman826 years ago
thats a great idea, im moving from maine to boston to go to le cordon blue college and this will be a great addition to my new apartment... I love it thanks for the great idea
KEUrban (author)  wiccanman826 years ago
Thanks for the comment! Good luck at Le Cordon Bleu!
kitze6 years ago
Hey! Great idea, even though there already is a very similar project on this site where the result looks even better imho - and it uses LEDs! Every project is great that has LEDs in it! :)

KEUrban (author)  kitze6 years ago
See my reply earlier about the suitability of this project for LEDs... I used regular bulbs because that was what I had on hand. LEDs are awesome, I agree. I like the instructable you linked to, but I find it a bit scary to fill the bottle with shards of broken glass!
jianqiang6 years ago
good idea with the water to soak up the glass dust, I couldnt figure a way around that in my head.
elgoetsch6 years ago
Just what I need!
DIYAng836 years ago
This was exactly what I was looking for. I just bought a ton of lights at 75% off! [I'm totally bragging because they were only 35 cents each!!] THANKS FOR THE DIY IDEA!
cedmonds6 years ago
What an awesome Daryl project!
purplemoss6 years ago
Looks great.....tho you might want to use the led lights instead. Incandescent bulbs put out alot of heat and they even state on the box not to run them for very long.
KEUrban (author)  purplemoss6 years ago
Thanks for the comment. Although I used standard bulbs in the example, you could use either LED or incandescent lamps. In practice, when using the incandescent bulbs the bottle only gets warm, not hot. This is because I specified a short (20-light) string. Of course, the LEDs would be a much greener choice. The key thing would be to get the LED lights with the small bulb and barrel; you have to go through a half-inch hole in the bottle.
ChrysN6 years ago
They look great, nice way to use those wine bottles.
foobear6 years ago
genius. looks really good
canida6 years ago
Looks good! A nice, straightforward reuse project.
sgsidekick6 years ago
This is a neat idea. Many wines come in bottles that you just don't want to toss, even after the wine is gone. Great way to save them!
KEUrban (author)  sgsidekick6 years ago
Thanks for the comment. I started this because I have bottles that I wanted to save... I have made about 20 to date with no broken bottles, so it's worth a try if you want to preserve those bottles.
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