Upcycled Fun Halloween Bottle Lights

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I love illuminated decorations for Halloween. I recently made a fun upcycled light up Jack-O-Lantern (see it here) for the front door. I decided to add some illuminated Halloween decorations for the inside of my home too, with these upcycled Halloween bottles.

First was the fun bit finding an assortment of shaped cleared bottles.

I say fun, as this was an excuse to finish off some gin, just because I wanted to use the bottle in this craft.

Soak the bottles in hot soapy water to remove the lables. Some may need a bit of a scrub to remove the sticky residue.

Next I got together a collection of paper Halloween shapes (die cuts). You should be able to find these in your local craft or dollar/pound store. You can get them on eBay too. Also simple Halloween stickers would work or even cut your own.

Then using a repositional adhesive stick the shapes to the bottles. Choose whatever design you want. Just remember the lights will shine through where the shapes are.

Next spray paint the bottle. I used both black and orange spray paints.

Once the paint has dried, carefully remove the Halloween shapes one by one.

Now what makes this craft is these cork string lights. They are very affordable and available from Amazon, eBay and dollar/pound stores. Link for the lights and more photos on the blog.

Pop one cork light in the top of each bottle and simply switch them on.

I love the effect of the lights showing through the bottles. I still have some cork lights left so I'm busy finishing off some more drinks for the perfect bottles.

This is a fun craft to do with kids too.

There is a fun collection of printable vintage Halloween cards here. Perhaps you could cut some shapes out of these cards and use them.

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  • Renz Renz on Oct 13, 2019

    Why does the bottle look foggy ?

  • Renz Renz on Oct 13, 2019

    I love this. I want my kids to try it. Does the paint brand matter .?

  • Mary Jane Mary Jane on Sep 22, 2020

    What features do you need for a good string of cork lights? I checked out Amazon and the choices are numerous, and I don't know which would work best. Thank you.

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  • Bzm11686139 Bzm11686139 on Sep 22, 2020

    Oh, how clever you are! This idea translates to so many other occasions, like Christmas or Easter, or just pretty vases.

  • Chris Horton Chris Horton on Aug 13, 2022

    What an absolute gem of an idea! I used to use glue and silver glitter after I’d stuck down my images. Took an age. I so love this way. I just might do that this year. Thank you for a great idea! 🌹