(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.
Step 1: Materials
- Wine Bottle (and cork!)
- Lamp wick
- Fuel - I used torch fuel; kerosene and citronella oil should be fine too
- Drill and 1/4" bit
Step 2: Cut & Dremel
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.
DON'T FORGET SAFETY GOGGLES WHEN USING THE DREMEL!
Step 3: Drill a Hole
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
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.