Instructions for Making Wine Bottle Lamps

Updated February 21, 2017

Create a decorative table lamp using a wine bottle as the base or as the light. Thanks to readily available lamp kits that include pre-wired light sockets, anyone can make wine bottle lamps. Bottle lamp kits, with cork stoppers and a power cord extending from the socket, simplify the assembly process. Another wine bottle lamp design utilises a strand of twinkle lights to illuminate the bottle. Design and create wine bottle lamps to suit your personal style.

Pick out the cork from the bottle lamp kit that fits the opening at the top of the wine bottle. Bottle lamp kits come with multiple corks. Push the hole in the top of the cork over the metal rod extending from the light socket. Use a bottle lamp kit with the power cord exiting the side of the socket.

Insert the cork into the top of the wine bottle. Turn the socket so that the power cord is at the back side of the wine bottle.

Insert a light bulb into the light socket. Insert the ends of a lamp harp into the lamp harp attachments on each side of the light socket. Unscrew the finial on top of the lamp harp and remove it. Position the metal ring in the centre of the lampshade over the centre of the lamp harp where you removed the finial. Screw the finial back onto the lamp harp to hold the lampshade in place. Plug in the power cord.

Drill a 5/8-inch diameter hole through the back side of the bottom of the wine bottle with a drill and diamond drill bit. To drill a hole through the glass, position the bottle on its side and brace it with books or other heavy items. Attach the diamond drill bit to the drill and place it onto the glass bottle. Put on safety glasses. Turn on the drill and apply pressure to cut a hole in the bottle.

Feed the lighted end of a strand of twinkle lights into the wine bottle through the drilled hole. Hold the bottle upside down as you insert the light strand so that the end of the twinkle lights falls to the neck of the wine bottle. Feed the light strand into the bottle up to the end of the twinkle lights.

Insert a crochet hook into the wine bottle neck, hook the twinkle light wire and pull it to the top of the bottle. Tape the wire to the inside rim of the wine bottle with electrical tape.

Tape the stem of a bunch of plastic grapes to the top rim of the wine bottle with floral tape. The grapes should fall down one side of the front of the wine bottle. Tie a strand of complementary ribbon around the rim of the wine bottle to camouflage the floral tape. Omit this step if you prefer an unadorned illuminated wine bottle.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle lamp kit with side power socket
  • Wine bottle
  • Light bulb
  • Lamp harp
  • Lamp shade
  • Drill
  • 5/8-inch diameter diamond drill bit
  • Books
  • Safety glasses
  • Twinkle lights
  • Crochet hook
  • Electrical tape
  • Scissors
  • Plastic grapes
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.