From junk to funk Get dou­ble the fun from your wine in­take when you turn old bot­tles into il­lu­mi­nat­ing home­wares with this fab up­cy­cling project!

Craftseller - - Upcycle It - By Claire Watkins

T Th­ese quick and easy wine bot­tle lamps are as money-ef­fi­cient as they are ef­fec­tive. We tech­ni­cally got our bot­tles for free as they were left­over from a party, so ask friends and rel­a­tives to save their emp­ties so you can put them to good use. We used sticky back plas­tic to cre­ate the word­ing for our lamps, which is a speedy way to achieve the look and per­fect for those who are ner­vous of paint­ing on glass.

How to make the bot­tle lights

Wash out the wine bot­tles in hot soapy wa­ter, and soak if nec­es­sary to re­move any la­bels. Don't be tempted to scrape the la­bels off, as you may scratch the glass.


In a text pro­gramme like Word, type 'Let there be wine' and print onto A4 pa­per (We used Pop­u­laire Medium font at 132pt). On the re­verse side of the print out, scrib­ble over the let­ter­ing in pen­cil. Place the let­ter­ing, right side up, over the sticky back plas­tic and draw around the let­ters to trans­fer them to the sheet. Cut out each let­ter – don't worry if there are pen­cil marks show­ing on your let­ters as this can be wiped off later.


Place the let­ters against the wine bot­tle where you'd like them to be. Use a pen­cil to mark the top and bot­tom po­si­tion of each let­ter to help you ap­ply them straight.


Peel off the back­ing pa­per from the sticky back let­ters and stick the first word 'Let' to the bot­tle. At­tach the ‘H’, ‘E’ and ‘R’ from 'There' un­derneath the word 'Let' so they are lined up cen­trally be­low. Ap­ply the ‘T’ and other ‘E’. Add the 'Be' and 'Wine' to the other bot­tle in the same way, po­si­tion­ing the ‘I’ and ‘N’ of wine lined up di­rectly be­low the word 'Be'.


Clean off any pen­cil marks from both the bot­tles and the let­ter­ing with a slightly damp piece of kitchen towel.


Feed the fairy lights into the bot­tles, us­ing the han­dle of a wooden spoon to push them down if nec­es­sary. Bend the wire lead over the lip of the bot­tle to pre­vent the lights slip­ping out. Insert bat­ter­ies into the block, to fin­ish.


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