These Christmas themed wine bottle lights are very easy to make. You only have to drill one hole in the back of the glass bottle, near the bottom. If you’re using regular incandescent lights instead of LED lights we recommend drilling a second hole higher up on the back of the bottle for additional ventilation. Regular incandescent lights put out a lot of heat. We don’t want the bottle getting too hot.
We used wine bottles, but you don’t have to. You could use decorative bottles from somewhere like Hobby Lobby. You could use mason jars or large pickle jars.
Drill a 1/2”, 5/8” or 3/4” hole in the back of your wine bottle, near the bottom. We chose 5/8”. A diamond core bit works best. You’ll need a hole large enough for the lights to fit through easily. Usually the smallest hole you can use is ½”. Even then the lights are a tight fit. We prefer to use a slightly larger hole, either 5/8” or ¾”.
When drilling with small diamond core bits remember to:
Use a slow drill speed of 500-800 RPM
Use light drill pressure
Keep the drill bit and the glass wet
When you order your diamond core bits, you’ll receive a copy of “How To Drill Glass” with your order.
Sprinkle the Epsom salts thickly on a table, kitchen counter or cookie sheet. We laid down wax paper first so that the cleanup would be a little easier.
Next, paint the outside of the wine bottle with the Mod Podge or glue. It isn’t necessary to paint the bottom of the bottle. In fact it’s better if you don’t. After you’ve covered the bottle with glue, insert one finger in the neck of the bottle. Lean the bottle at an angle and insert a finger from your other hand into the punt or kick up (the indention in the bottom of the bottle). Roll the bottle in the Epsom salts until it’s covered. The salts will stick to the Mod Podge or glue. You will need to sprinkle the salts onto the neck of the bottle as you roll it in the salts.
Place the bottle upright and allow the Mod Podge or glue to dry. After it has dried you can insert your string of holiday lights inside the wine bottle until just the “tail” of the light string extends out of the bottle. We used a string of 50 lights. A smaller or larger bottle would accommodate a longer or shorter light string.
It can be used as a decorative nightlight as is. Or, you can decorate further by wrapping with ribbon inserting florist’s picks, etc.
Place it on a table, nightstand or counter. Plug it in
If you decide to make this craft, please send us a picture. We would like to display our customer’s work on Pinterest, Facebook, etc. We always give credit to the artist/crafter.
We used the 5/8" diamond core bit for this project. Remember to use the coupon savings code "15" at checkout to receive $15 off of any order of $50 or more.
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1227 Rockbridge Rd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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