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I am a big fan of the occasional glass of wine and I find myself wondering about how to reuse wine bottles. I especially love the cobalt blue wine bottles that my favorite Riesling comes in at the grocery store. While recycling the wine bottles is a great idea, finding a new use for them is even better. I started researching how to make a wine bottle lamp and found that it is really quite a simple process!
When I first started looking into making wine bottle lamps, I searched on Amazon for supplies. I found an incredibly simple and inexpensive wine bottle lamp kit that makes the entire process take only a few minutes.
You can use any type of wine bottle for this project and feel free to get creative with your decorating. I chose to leave mine undecorated because of the beautiful color but feel free to spray paint it, decoupage it, or add a few decorative stencils. Depending on how good an artist you are, this could be a very creative design!
The wine bottle kit that I bought from Amazon was incredibly easy to assemble. Basically, it was just the cord/adapter piece and a rubber stopper/washer assembly to help it fit snugly in the wine bottle.
I have seen some wine bottle kits that require you to actually drill through the wine bottle to assemble it but the one I bought did not require any tools at all.
Tips for making your lamp
For your lampshade, you can hit goodwill, the department store, or just use something you have lying around the house from an old lamp. Obviously, second-hand lamp shades will make your DIY wine bottle lamp incredibly cheap to make!
Please make sure that you choose an eco-friendly light bulb for your wine bottle lamp. No sense in spending time making a low carbon footprint wine bottle lamp and then using a light bulb that will use way more energy than necessary!
The thing I love about the CREE LED bulbs is that they turn on instantaneously….no waiting for your bulb to brighten when you first flip the switch! Please check out the video above to see how easy it is to make a wine bottle lamp with CREE LED bulbs!
How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp
1. Clean the wine bottle and remove all stickers and labels. Make sure the wine bottle is completely dry.
2. Assemble the wine bottle lamp kit according to package directions. If you use the wine bottle lamp kit on Amazon that I did, this will take only minutes with absolutely no tools
3. Decorate your wine bottle to your own personal tastes. Use paint, washi tape, decoupage, or any other art supplies you have lying around.
4. Place the wine bottle lamp kit onto the wine bottle. Place the lampshade on top of the bottle and screw in the light bulb to hold it in place.
5. Find the perfect location and plug in your wine bottle lamp. Enjoy your beautiful and eco-friendly lighting!
If you have enjoyed this wine bottle lamp tutorial, check out my post on how to turn a regular lamp into a three way lamp and have more fun with home DIY upgrades! Have you ever upcycled wine bottles? What do YOU do with them?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.