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Inspired by bumpus' Light Bulb Lamp, I decided to set out and make a lamp out of a wine bottle, perfect for a fancy candle-lit dinner.

(Did I mention that it only cost me $1.74 to make?)

*I should note that I started writing this instructable nearly a year ago, and am only finally publishing it now. If anyone would like to make their own Wine Bottle Lamp and submit pictures of it alight for me to use in the last step, that would be delightful.
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Step 1: Materials

You will need the following ingredients and tools:
  • Wine Bottle (and cork!)
  • Lamp wick
  • Fuel - I used torch fuel; kerosene and citronella oil should be fine too
  • Toothpick
  • Drill and 1/4" bit
  • Dremel

Step 2: Cut & Dremel

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Grab your cork and cut it about 3/5 of the way. Trash the smaller part, give it to a younger sibling for entertainment, et cetera; it doesn't really matter, all we need is the larger one.

Now grab your Dremel, slap on a sanding bit with a nice surface area, and Dremel away. It's mainly just aesthetics; I used the Dremel to clean up the area we cut and rounded the edges a bit.


Step 3: Drill a Hole

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Basically, all you're doing is drilling a hole for the wick to go through.

I found that it helped to fold the wick in half in order to guess the size bit I would need. I decided on a 1/4-inch, which turned out to be perfect.

I gripped the cork with some pliers and drove the drill straight through the cork, going back and forth to get it as smooth as possible.

Step 4: Thread the Wick

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You're gonna need a toothpick.

A few toothpicks.

Break off one of the ends of a toothpick and fold it over so that you have a blunt end. You're going to push the blunt end into the tip of the wick, and then, using the toothpick, force the wick through the cork. It takes some patience and monkeyin' with, but it's not impossible.

Is it normal for the cork to burn?

SIRJAMES097 months ago

Ty for sharing this! :)

I have an olive oil bottle that I wish to make a lamp from....this helps me a bunch TY! :)

I read somewhere that fibreglass wicks are better than cotton....not sure how true this is, so any input from you and/or the other readers would be appreciated.

hitman_kiwi5 years ago
Awesome. I don't recommend the water thing.
I think it would end you romantic night.
Forgot to say if it fell over
That's boiling oil, the oil in a lamp barly gets warm, it would pop the cork if it ever got that hot.
I think it still wouldn't cause any harm.. Unless the glass breaks it could do something like that.

But I'm sure gonna use the water in it because it's brilliant :D
sharlston6 years ago
nice job i prefer olive oil

lemonie6 years ago
I can't see it burning... (pic please?) L
Labot2001 (author)  lemonie6 years ago
I made this a year ago and just published it - I don't have any pictures of it lit :-/ Hopefully someone might post a picture of a lit lamp that I could use?
I might be able to do this with meths, but you don't really see the flame. I've got some 2-stroke mix in the shed, but that would be too sooty. :( L