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Wine Bottle Lamps DIY Tutorial

Updated on March 6, 2016

Wine & Liquor Bottle Lamps


Beautiful and Unique Alcohol Bottles

1. Jack Daniels Whiskey

2. Grey Goose Vodka

3. Diva Vodka

4. Inish Turk Beg's Maiden Voyage Single Malt Whiskey

5. Finlandia

6. Glenmorangie

7. Dalmore EOS - Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

8. Gordon and Macphail Generations Mortlach 70

9. Ballantine's

10. Macallan Scotch Whiskey

Every creation needs an inspiration and purpose

Passing across a scrap-dealer's dump-yard one day in Kolkata, I noticed that the largest amount of dump that was present was alcohol bottles of all shapes and sizes. While it gave me the creeps regarding the amount of alcohol consumption that takes place just in that part of the city, it also raised a point in my mind as to why should all these bottles, most of which are so beautifully shaped, be thrown away?

The thought kept rumbling in my mind for a week. Every morning, I woke up with the same thought in my mind till one fine afternoon, I hit upon something similar on Etsy and decided to go the whole way, converting alcohol bottles into lamps.

There are a variety of glass drills available in the local hardware stores. Usually the ones with a 1 inch diameter work the best.

Glass Drills
Glass Drills | Source

It is safe to drill the hole keeping a gap of 1 inch from the bottom of the bottle.

The Drilled Hole
The Drilled Hole | Source

It is important to stick to LED lamps as they have greater longevity and emanate less heat which is important for this product.

LED String Light
LED String Light | Source

Beginner's Guide to Making an Alcohol Bottle Lamp

If you want to make these lamps by large numbers, it is wise to get in touch with a scrap-dealer. In India, these bottles sell for peanuts - 4 or 5 INR. Besides, a scrap-dealer will also be able to give you a good choice of variety. Otherwise, its just okay to wait for a few weekends and collect some bottles from your friends!

  • Once the bottles are gathered, they need to be washed and the labels need to scraped clean from the surface of the bottles. The stubborn adhesive can be scrubbed off with a touch utensil scrub by soaking the labeled bottles in warm soap water.
  • I took my bottles to a glass-cutter's local hardware shop for drilling. A gap of about one inch from the bottom of the bottle is a safe measurement and won't make the bottle break to pieces.
  • The diameter of the hole to be drilled is about 1 inch. Usually, drills (shown in the picture) come in this exact measurement.
  • The first picture of my recycled lamps were made by a cane-furniture maker whom I discovered through the internet. I googled out information and found this young man who lives in the outskirts of Kolkata 7 months a year and is originally from the north-eastern state of Assam. Assam is a state in India which is famous for its cane-work. Craftsmen from Assam make some of the most beautiful bamboo and cane furniture in India. I was lucky that I found this young man in his twenties. He listened to my instructions and did produced results that I really loved!
  • Back home, after I bought the LED string lamps, also from the local hardware shop, I wasn't too sure about how the finished lamp would look. I inserted the string through the drilled hole (which required time and patience) and plugged it into a point and Bingo! The bottles looked beautiful!

Bottle Lamps can also be a beautiful decorative piece by daylight
Bottle Lamps can also be a beautiful decorative piece by daylight | Source

Beer-bottle Lamp with Newspaper and Hemp

Beer-bottle Lamp in Newspaper and Hemp-rope
Beer-bottle Lamp in Newspaper and Hemp-rope | Source

DIY Lamps that you can make yourself!

My cane craftsman made a lot of lamps for me which I sold like hot-cakes in my exhibitions. But once his seven months were over in Kolkata every year, he would go back to Assam and spend the rest of his time there, only to come back later. The first time he left for Assam, I did not have a clue how I would meet the ever-growing demand for these bottle-lamps of mine.

That was a time when I was crafting a variety of items with newspapers (which I will share in a separate hub). I decided to try out newspapers and some left-over jute-fabric and make my own version of the alcohol bottle-lamps which wouldn't require the help of the cane craftsman.

Take a cut-out of a jute fabric/burlap (about 8"x 11") and paste it around the body of the bottle, snipping off the extra bit with scissors. Try that on the nec

Alcohol Bottle-lamp in Burlap
Alcohol Bottle-lamp in Burlap | Source

Some Points to Remember....

While making your alcohol bottle lamps, it is important to remember the following points for longevity of the lamps and your safety.

  1. Always keep the mouth of the bottle open. Do not seal it with the cap or any other material. This will help the heat to escape and keep the bottle cool.
  2. Keep these bottles out of the reach of children. They do get a bit hot which may not be safe for toddlers.
  3. The LED lights wear off but don't be disheartened. Just yank this one off the bottle and insert a new one. Usually the Chinese made LED strings last about a year or so.

The effect of a multi-coloured LED string lamp is often a gorgeous one!

Multicoloured LED String lamp bottle-lamp
Multicoloured LED String lamp bottle-lamp | Source

Embellishments like wooden and glass beads, hand-painted colourful hangings like these only give the lamp an extremely hand-finished, cool look!

Beads and hand-painted colourful embellishments on bottle lamps
Beads and hand-painted colourful embellishments on bottle lamps | Source


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    • ezzly profile image


      3 years ago

      wow stunning work !!!

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      3 years ago

      how many lights would be best to use?

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      Lee Cloak 

      4 years ago

      These are great, very beautiful, very creative, thanks, Voted uo, Lee

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      Purple Perl 

      5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Wow,beautiful! Thanks for sharing these,Jaya.

    • Jenn-Anne profile image


      5 years ago

      The lamps are gorgeous! I definitely want to try making some of my own! Thanks for the instructions and tips!

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      5 years ago from USA

      This is a unique craft. I love it! Voted up and pinning!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I love re-using products and your bottle lamps are just magnificent. Thank you for the instruction and beautiful photos.

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      5 years ago

      Good Creative for the next generation

    • CrisSp profile image


      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very creative. Why waste when we can re-cycle? I'll give this a try.

      Pinning and sharing.

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      MG Singh 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Wonderful post with a wonderful idea.

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      5 years ago

      very innovative and useful jay

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      5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Awesome idea! I've got to give them a try!!

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      5 years ago from new delhi

      Pretty interesting and innovative idea ....voted and shared.

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      5 years ago from Australia

      What a beautiful idea. Very nice hub. Voted up ++.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The lit bottle lamps are beautiful! This is a lovely project. Thank you for sharing the instructions.

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      Dawn Denmar 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, what a great hub! Inspiring as it's so close to Christmas too....

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      Hugo Furst 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Sweetbabyjeezus, this is awesome! Thanks for sharing, pal. Voted up ;)

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      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing with us. I have several ketchup bottle and I can't wait to make it soon. Voted up :-)


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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Very creative idea. I like the 'look' of the bottles better in daylight...

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      These are so beautiful.Wow!!:)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your bottles are so beautiful! Thanks for the detailed instructions and photos! This is such a fun project.

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      Sanghita Chatterjee 

      5 years ago from Kolkata

      Thanks all! Do share your posts after trying this out!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are wonderful ideas to recycle old Alcohol bottles into beautiful lamps. A very timely hub, since Deepawali is near and I will try to make this with your guidance.

      Thanks, voted up and pinned!

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      Good idea on recycling bottles and turning them into lamps. The images of all the lamps here look very creative and beautiful with their colorful lights and designs.

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      Susan Britton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great recycling project for bottles. Pinning it. Great how to pictures also.

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      Anamika S Jain 

      5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      These are so beautiful! Love it... Pinning!


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