Everyone has seen white christmas lights adorning walls, adding a delicate touch of accent lighting to any area, but did you know you can make accent lights using empty wine bottles?Making your own wine bottle accent lights is a creative and eco-friendly way to light up a room in your house.
Step 1: Pick out your wine bottles.
Wines can be different shapes and sizes, but try to choose bottles with fun labels.You can either keep the labels or remove them.
Step 2: The bottles of wine need to be cleaned.
Allow the bottles to dry completely by washing them thoroughly with hot, soapy water.The labels might peel off if the water is hot.You can either leave the labels on the bottles or peel them off.If you want to take the labels off the bottles, you need to remove the label glue with a spray.
Step 3: Make a jig.
While you wait for the wine bottles to dry, build a base where you can place the bottle and hold it steady while you drill.To lay a piece of wood on a flat surface, use a 2×8 piece.The piece of wood is about a quarter of the way from the 2×8.A piece of wood is going to be used.Place a bottle on a piece of wood against the first stop and another stop on the other side of the bottle.Take the bottle away from that parting stop.The parting stop can be moved closer to the attached stop.You should drill the second piece the same way you did the first.The idea behind the jig is to hold the bottle securely so it doesn’t roll away as you drill into it.
Step 4: There is a hole for the bottle stopper.
There is a hold in the center of the jig base.You want your hole to be at least 1.25 inches deep.The Forstner drill bit can be used to get the right drill hole.You want the hole to be deep so the bottle can’t fall off, but loose so you can easily remove it.The string of lights will be secured in the bottle later.
Step 5: The stopper needs to be drilled.
There is a hole in the middle of the jig.Attach the bit to the drill.Turn on the drill press and drill through the stopper.You want to drill a hole through it.You will most likely have to twist off the drill bit when you are done drilling.Don’t try to drill without the jig holding it in place.You will hurt yourself if you hold it with your hands.
Step 6: The stopper needs to be cut.
If you want to slice the stopper from the top of the hole to the bottom, you have to use a box knife.The cut makes sure that when we are ready to secure the cord of lights, the lights can slide in the opening and be secured.
Step 7: You should mark your spot on the bottle.
There is a drill on the back of the bottle.Apply masking tape to the spot you plan to drill.The tape will help keep the drill from sliding and will prevent the glass bottle from splintering.
Step 8: It’s a good idea to make a lubricating water reservoir.
Roll a piece of clay into a rope that is 4 inches long and 12 inch wide.To form a circle, connect the ends of the clay.You can use this circle to lubricate the drilling hole and glass as you drill.Press the clay into the bottle when you surround the area you want to drill.You could also drill through the clay and make a pocket out of it.If you decide to drill this way, you need to slowly pour water onto the bottle so the drill doesn’t over heat it and cause it to splinter and crack.
Step 9: The drill lubricant needs to be prepared.
Put some cold tap water in a squeeze bottle.Water should be squirted into the clay water reservoir.The heat created from drilling the glass is mitigated by the cold water.If the water starts to leak, seal it by pushing the clay harder onto the bottle.You will have to continue with the drilling process if you don’t add water.
Step 10: There is a hole in the bottle.
Put on your gloves and glasses before you start drilling.It is advisable to wear long sleeve shirts when drilling.To drill a hole with a hand drill, use a 12 inch diamond bit or glass and tile bit.While you drill the hole, place the bottle on the jig.Start the drill by holding it vertically straight.The drill needs to be lowered until it comes in contact with the bottle.Dust from the glass will make the water cloudy.Continue drilling, pushing the drill down.The water in the bottle will start leaking after about 20 or 30 seconds.You are almost completely broken through the glass.Pull the drill out from the hole after you have drilled through the bottle.The bottle could crack if there was too much downward pressure.
Step 11: Check your work.
Look at the drill site to see if there is a break in the bottle.You might want to discard the bottle if you see any cracks.The contents of the bottle should be emptied into the garbage.The drilled out glass disc might be stuck in the drill bit if the bottle isn’t in it.Try to pry it out with a paperclip.
Step 12: Sand the hole.
The sharp edges were created by drilling the hole into the bottle.Allow the bottle to dry before rinsing it with water to remove any glass bits.The paper will smooth out the rough edges of the hole.
Step 13: Light the bottle.
Pull the lights taut so they can lay straight after being removed from the box.Plug the lights into an outlet to make sure they work.The first bulb on the string should be inserted through the hole that you drilled.Keeping the outlet plug outside the bottle is a must if you want to keep the lights on.Push the light against the cord and push it through the hole at the same time.Don’t cut the lights cord on the edges of the hole.The bottle might have to be turned upside down in order to make room for the rest of the lights.
Step 14: The lights should be secured with a stopper.
Once you have fed the lights into the bottle, you can wrap the stopper around the strand hanging from the outside of it and put it in the hole.The cord is protected from being cut by the glass edges of the hole and the lights are kept inside the bottle.