Posted by admin on December 7th, 2011
Over the weekend I decided to embark on a DIY that I had seen on Pintrest. So, true to form I asked my wonderful husband to help me with my little project. Sadly, he gets dragged into many of my DIY projects. I need the help of holding items and for heavy lifting. Anywho, back to my post, I saw this wine bottle Christmas light holder tutorial and decided to try it out. I started to collect wine bottles starting during Thanksgiving, just in case I tried this and a bottle broke here and there. After gathering all of my supplies here is how the tutorial went.
1. You will need some empty wine bottles. If you can grab at least two just in case you mess up. I had a couple just in case. Buy sand paper to sand around the hole you drill so you don’t cut yourself as you string the lights through the back. You need to buy a 1/2″ Ceramic/Glass Drill bit. They have them at your local hardware store. I found this one for about $7 at Lowes. Once you have all of your items you can start.
2. Dave and I do not have a bench to hold down the wine bottle while you drill, so we had to think MacGyver style and think of a way to make this bottle not shatter or spin in our hands. We grabbed two towels and added wet sand into the wine bottle. Once we had enough sand in the bottle to made it sturdy enough to not spin then we thought it was safe to drill the hole. It helped a lot actually, it made it so that the vibrations from the drill were stopped a bit.
3. This is the part that takes patience. Each wine bottle is different some are thicker than others. This one was a thick wine bottle so drilling the hole took us about 30 mins. We had to make sure that we were not going to shatter the glass. So be patient! After the hole was drilled Dave sanded the edges so that the glass was smooth so I could start to add the lights.
4. To add the lights take top of the lights and start stringing them through the bottom of the hole. Now, I only had a strand of 100 lights, so I advise using a strand of 50 ( it will make your life so much easier!) Now the key is to string all the lights through the hole so that your cord ends are outside of the bottle so it is easy to plug them in.
5. And there you have it! Your wine bottle with a festive Christmas feel!