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Wine Bottle Lamps DIY Tutorial

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

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

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

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

Beer-bottle Lamp with Newspaper and Hemp

Beer-bottle Lamp in Newspaper and Hemp-rope

Beer-bottle Lamp in Newspaper and Hemp-rope

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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

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

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


ezzly on February 03, 2016:

wow stunning work !!!

MistingRiver68 on December 17, 2015:

how many lights would be best to use?

Lee Cloak on April 14, 2015:

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

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on March 27, 2014:

Wow,beautiful! Thanks for sharing these,Jaya.

Jenn-Anne on March 26, 2014:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 26, 2014:

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

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 26, 2014:

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

Siladitya on March 13, 2014:

Good Creative for the next generation

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 10, 2014:

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

Pinning and sharing.

MG Singh from UAE on February 10, 2014:

Wonderful post with a wonderful idea.

sujaya venkatesh on February 10, 2014:

very innovative and useful jay

sallieannluvslife from Eastern Shore on February 07, 2014:

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

Leena from new delhi on December 18, 2013:

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

LongTimeMother from Australia on December 02, 2013:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 26, 2013:

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

Dawn Denmar from United Kingdom on November 26, 2013:

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

Hugo Furst from Australia on November 25, 2013:

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 14, 2013:

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


JR Krishna from India on November 13, 2013:

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

jirel from Philippines on November 12, 2013:

These are so beautiful.Wow!!:)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 23, 2013:

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

Sanghita Chatterjee (author) from Kolkata on October 21, 2013:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 21, 2013:

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!

Ceres Schwarz on October 21, 2013:

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.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on October 20, 2013:

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

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on October 20, 2013:

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

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