If you’re looking for a creative way to upcycle your empty wine bottles, you will LOVE this home decor project. These DIY accent lights are a gorgeous addition to any room – plus, they’re a totally unique and personal way to decorate your home. Add a few of these accent lights to your holiday party for a festive touch, or leave them out to light up your house year-round! Check out the tutorial to learn how to make your own, and be sure to leave your own DIY home decor ideas in the comments.
Make Accent Lights Using Empty Wine Bottles
There’s nothing we love more than a DIY home decor project – except maybe a project that involves wine bottles. 😉 We’ve found a fun and creative way to turn empty wine bottles into gorgeous accent lights that will add a beautiful touch to any room. This is a fantastic home project for advanced DIYers looking for a challenge, and the results are stunning! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to drill a hole in your empty wine bottle, file the edges down, and then thread a string of lights into the bottle. It’s fun and surprisingly easy! Check out the steps below to see how it’s done.
What you’ll need:
- Battery-operated LED light string
- Empty wine bottle
- Duct tape
- Diamond drill bit
- Protective gloves
- Safety glasses
- Adhesive remover
- Diamond file
- Chopstick or long toothpick (optional)
Step 1: Prepare your bottle.
Prepare the bottle by removing any paper labels from the glass. To lift the paper, a razor scraper is a favorite method for quickly removing labels. Use an adhesive remover to wipe away any remaining adhesive left on the bottle, and then clean the glass with warm soapy water. Allow to fully dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Apply duct tape.
Apply a 2-inch piece of duct or painter’s tape on the back of the bottle just above the base. Doing so helps provide a visual place marker for drilling and keeps the bit steady while first drilling into the glass.
Step 3: Use a dremel to drill a hole.
Wearing gloves and protective eyewear, drill a hole into the glass using a dremel with a diamond drill bit. Place the dremel at a 45-degree angle against the tape and begin drilling to get a first bite into the glass. Transition into a 90-degree angle flat against the glass and continue drilling all the way through the bottle, letting the bit do the work.
Step 4: File the edges.
Remove the tape from the glass bottle, then spray with adhesive remover. Use a diamond file to smooth away any sharp edges around the freshly drilled hole.
Rinse the bottle to clean away any residue from drilling and sanding, then allow the bottle to fully dry before moving on the next step.
Step 6: Thread the lights into the bottle.
Thread the LED string lights through the hole in the glass, filling them in until the last light before the battery pack has been tucked inside. (These battery-powered LED lights are perfect!)
Tip: Using a chopstick or long toothpick can help guide portions of the light bundle into the glass neck, which will help provide some visual variance once the lights are turned on.
Turn on the battery pack to test the lights, and enjoy your new accent light!
Watch how it’s done in the video tutorial below:
Do you have any DIY home decor ideas of your own? We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment and let us know!
And if you’re looking for a new wine bottle project, check out these DIY wine bottle glasses.