DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

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After hosting a festive dinner or holiday event, you may find yourself with lots of empty wine bottles. Instead of taking them out to your recycling bin, why not use them to create a beautiful wine bottle chandelier for your home?

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

This pretty chandelier combines an existing chandelier frame with your empty wine bottles. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Swag light fixture kit and chandelier frame
  • Light bulbs small enough to fit in wine bottles
  • One wine bottle for each light bulb on the fixture (probably about 8)
  • Bottle cutter or wet tile cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Safety goggles

To make the chandelier:

  1. Wearing safety goggles, use the tile cutter or bottle cutter to cut the bottom off each wine bottle. If you want to try to cut the wine bottle without a blade, check out this idea for cutting glass with string, but be careful!
  2. Sand the cut edge of each bottle until it’s smooth.
  3. Thread wine bottles (upside down) over each socket in chandelier frame.
  4. Screw in light bulbs inside bottles so that each bottle forms a hood under a bulb.
  5. Mount chandelier to the ceiling and connect wiring or plug into outlet.
  6. Turn on the lights and enjoy.

A variation of this project is to use a wooden bucket or the bottom of a wine barrel mounted to the ceiling instead of a pre-made chandelier frame. Drill holes around the perimeter of barrel bottom (wide enough for bulb sockets and wine bottle tops) so that wine bottles (with bottoms removed) hang down from the bucket as colorful hoods for slender bulbs.

If cutting the glass bottles seems overwhelming to you, use string lights in each intact bottle threaded in through the bottle tops to fill each bottle with light.

DIY Three-Bottle Chandelier

If you’re looking for a small, clean-lined chandelier, you’ll enjoy this project. You’ll need these materials:

  • 3 Wine bottles
  • Bottle cutter or wet tile cutter
  • Goggles
  • Swag kit that includes wired plug and switch, hooks and chain
  • 3 candelabra sockets
  • 3 candelabra bulbs
  • 1 piece of wood about a foot long, four inches wide and two inches thick (Pine is easy to work with)
  • Wood stain
  • Electrical crimp connectors
  • Heat shrink tubes.

To put together the chandelier:

  1. Wearing goggles cut the bottom off each bottle using a bottle cutter or tile cutter.
  2. Stain the wood.
  3. When wood is dry, drill three holes at even intervals and attach a hook on each end of the wood for hanging. Secure bottle necks in wooden holes to form bulb hoods.
  4. Thread candelabra sockets into bottles and attach wiring from kit through the holes to wire the lamp.
  5. Attach chain and switch, screw in light bulbs and hang from ceiling.

DIY Tea Light Chandelier

Not looking to take on an electrical project? Here’s a chandelier that fills a room with soft candlelight. You’ll need:

  • 5 Ceiling hooks
  • 5 Wine bottles
  • 5 Slender hanging tea light holders
  • 5 Tea light candles (or LED tea lights)
  • Hanging wire
  • Bottle cutter
  • Goggles
  • Sand paper.
  1. Mount five ceiling hooks in a nice pattern where you’d like your lights to hang.
  2. Wearing goggles cut the bottoms off the bottles and sand the edges smooth.
  3. Cut wire to the length you’d like the bottles to hang from each hook. You’ll probably want at least a foot of wire above each bottle, and you may want your bottles to hang at different heights.
  4. Thread a piece of cut wire through each bottle (right side up), with some length coming out of the top. Attach the other end of each wire to a hanging tea light holder so that the glass covers the tea light. You’ll be able to slide the bottle up to change/light your candles.
  5. Attach the top of each wire to a ceiling hook.
  6. Light candles or switch on LED lights for a gentle glow.

String Lights & Strings Of Wine Bottles

This charming wine bottle chandelier has a cozy cottage feel and looks almost like a collection of firefly jars. You’ll need these basic supplies:

  • Three wine bottles
  • Bottle cutter, goggles and sand paper
  • Spray paint
  • Strong twine
  • String lights
  • Ceiling hook.

To make the string light chandelier:

  1. Cut the bottoms off the bottles. Be sure to wear goggles to protect your eyes.
  2. Sand cut edges smooth.
  3. Lightly spray paint each bottle so that it has a hint of color but light still shines through.
  4. When paint dries, tie the tops of the bottles to a single long strand of strong twine so that when you hold the top end of the twine, the bottles dangle in descending series.
  5. Fill the bottom of the lowest hanging bottle with a strand of lights, pulling the end out of the bottle top. Be sure all the light bulbs are in the bottle and only the wire end protrudes out of the bottle top.
  6. Wind this wire around the twine that connects the bottom bottle to the middle one.
  7. Connect the wire to a second strand of lights and begin filling the middle bottle from the bottom with these lights.
  8. Repeat these steps to get a third strand of light into the top bottle, bringing the wire out of the bottle top.
  9. Hang the chandelier from a ceiling hook and plug in the series of light strands.

Creating a wine bottle chandelier is a beautiful and sustainable way to recycle old glass. Mix and match ideas that appeal to you to design a unique project that suits your skill level. You’ll be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind lighting fixture that reflects your personal style and your taste in wine.

Last Updated: September 23, 2012
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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