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!
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.