So Simple to Make Gorgeous Upcycled Christmas Bottle Lights

5 Materials
$2
1 Hour
Easy

I've always loved lights in old bottles. However, the thought of trying to cut or drill into glass bottles has put me off. Well, the other day I came across some fantastic cork bottle lights which eliminate the need to cut into the glass.

I used these lights to upcycle some old bottles into gorgeous Christmas lights.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights
You can use any glass bottles, such as wine bottles, bourbon, and whiskey bottles. Personally, I'm not much of a wine drinker but I do like a gin and tonic, so I used some small tonic water bottles for my lights.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights
The first thing to do is to soak your bottles in hot soapy water to remove the labels.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights
I managed to buy adhesive Christmas foam shapes from my local pound (dollar) store. If you prefer, you can just buy the sticky back foam and cut your own shapes by hand or with a die cutting machine.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights
Stick the foam shapes onto your bottle.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights
Spray paint your bottle with at least 2 coats of paint. Then when the paint has dried thoroughly, carefully remove the foam stickers.

The light will shine through where the foam stickers have been. So you can create all sorts of illuminated Christmas scenes.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights

I used a bit of Christmas tape to cover the cork, but you can just leave them as they are.
so simple to make gorgeous upcycled christmas bottle lights
I love these bottle lights they make a lovely decoration on the mantle or side tables.

My kids want one for there rooms and I made a special one out of a bourbon bottle for the man cave.

I love to use these lovely copper lights in my Christmas decorations and I've also used them to make adorable mini pine cone Christmas trees, which you can see here.
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7 questions
  • Sew22642789
    on Nov 17, 2017

    Do you explain how to string the lights somewhere else?
  • Misty Marie
    on Nov 22, 2017

    Love it! I'm curious about your walls. Walpaper, paint?
  • Lisa Battisti
    on Dec 1, 2017

    Do they fit in most wine bottles? Wondering if they are small enough. The bottles look great. I love the birch tree one. Is that a stencil?
    • Claire at Pillarboxblue
      on Dec 1, 2017

      As the corks are tapered they fit most bottles and will fit all wine bottles.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue
      on Dec 1, 2017

      The birch tree one was a die cut, you can find them on eBay.

    • Jaxon
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I have these lights. They are awesome! And so easy to change from bottle to bottle.

    • Debi O'Brien
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I have an extensive collection of corks...I wonder if ne could make the corked lights....something to investigate


  • Pamela
    on Dec 7, 2018

    When removing the foam stick one , do they leave sticky residue ?

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue
      on Dec 7, 2018

      The sticky foam I used didn’t leave any residue. If they do rubbing with a little alcohol will remove sticky redidue, just make sure the paint has dried before you do this.

  • Mike Cavender
    on Dec 7, 2018

    How do I colour the inside of the bottles?

    • Barb in Texas
      on Dec 7, 2018

      Pour thinned paint into it, shake around and roll to cover, then turn upside down into a paper cup to collect the extra paint to reuse. These were spray painted on the outside, though.

    • Shelby Horner
      on Dec 7, 2018

      you don't color the inside. You spray paint the outside. The yellow you see from the inside is the lights

  • Tnt29693907
    on Dec 7, 2018

    Where did you find the lights?

    • Jen
      on Dec 8, 2018

      If you click on "see more" under her list of items for the project it shows the lights. And then click "see more" will take you to the website she got them from.

    • Tnt29693907
      on Dec 8, 2018

      Thank y'all so much heading to Wallyworld!

    • Debbie Robbins
      on Dec 13, 2018

      You can buy them at Amazon. I buy the ones with timers.

    • Runt026
      on Dec 14, 2018

      They can also be purchased at dollar tree. The battery packs are bigger. I just glued the pack to the bottom and made a cardboard stand and painted green with flakes of snow.

    • Kimberly Register
      on Dec 14, 2018

      I ordered my from Amazon.

    • Antinia Shirley
      on Dec 15, 2018

      Wish has them...you can stock up for next year and pay next to nothing!

  • Tray
    on Dec 7, 2018

    Agree with Tnt above. Where did she find the cork lights?

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