Liqueur and Champagne bottle upcycling: Mood lamps

This is something I wanted to make since the end of 2011, yet haven’t managed to find the right tools. Read the second half of the previous sentence as: I have this little phobia of sharp, pain-inducing things and my fingers being in their vicinity on a surface that might shatter, so I wasn’t in any kind of hurry. ;)

I really wanted a unique mood lamp; this liqueur bottle saved for thirty or so years by my mom (nope, never throws anything away) was perfect for it. And also, I figured this would be the perfect gift for the Chef as he didn’t have a bedside lamp; so matted white bottle it was.

Then, just before Christmas last year I recalled my grandpa telling me years ago that one of our neighbors used to work with glass. I immediately rushed over, told him what I wanted and he helped me out with drilling two holes for the cords.

However, in case you don’t have a neighbor like mine, here’s a quick tutorial from Wit & Whistle, where I first saw the idea.

page liqueur bottle light My liqueur bottle mood lamp

page champagne bottle light  The Chef’s Birthday present

Liqueur and Champagne bottle upcycling: Mood lamps

You’ll need:

an empty wine bottle
a drill
safety glasses and gloves (just in case the bottle breaks)
1/2″ glass drill bit
masking tape
short strand of Christmas lights (with a plug only on one end)

How to:

1. Rinse out your wine bottle and remove the labels (if desired).

2. Place a piece of masking tape on the bottle where you want to drill the hole for the cord. The tape keeps the drill bit from slipping.

3. Put on your gloves and goggles and start drilling. Don’t apply too much pressure or you could break the glass. The drilling takes a long time. I spent about 30 minutes drilling the hole. Be patient!

4. Once your hole is drilled rinse the glass shavings out of your bottle, and let the bottle dry.

5. Carefully feed the strand of Christmas lights into the hole you drilled.


*tutorial from Wit & Whistle

For a different take on bottle upcycling, give Rukmini Roy’s tutorial a read DIY: Wine bottle pendant with stained glass effect & Tutorial – I really like this one as well!

Happy crafting! ;)

14 Responses to “Liqueur and Champagne bottle upcycling: Mood lamps”

  1. So pretty! We did this with a glass construction block and different colored lights for the holidays. There are really pretty.

    • Oh, I bet that looked great, I’ll have to try that myself next time :) I also saw a picture of a vintage lantern filled with light like these; it was so pretty! *goes off searching for a lantern and glass construction blocks*
      Thanks, Tammy, glad you liked them!

  2. They look great, especially liking the liqueur bottle with the yellow lights. Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration :)

    • That’s my favorite as well, it has a certain vintage feel to it with the bottle being so old and the labels worn. And I love it!
      Glad you liked the tutorial, hope you’ll drop by again if you decide to make one yourself :)

  3. Homey, and chic! Love them :)

  4. Oh, I have one of those liqueur bottles, but mine has a gold ribbon. I’ll have to big it out of the garage and see about making one of these!

  5. It came out looking really good. I don’t have social profiles to share, but will e-mail you later today with a pic. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Thank you, Tricia! Glad you liked them :)


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