Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Wine Bottle Lamp

We've been doing a lot of work around the house lately - moving things around and organizing and decorating.  And cleaning.  Which is... interesting, because I'm a bit of a hoarder pack rat, and I hate to get rid of anything that might be useful in the future.  But I have acknowledged that I have a problem, and I'm making a concerted effort get better.  I've instituted a rule when it comes to items that could be recycled/upcycled.  If I already have an idea for it, it's a craft supply.  If I don't, it's trash, and off to the dump it goes. 

One of the things I find it most difficult to part with is glass bottles.  I'm not sure why, precisely.  They just seem to hold so much potential...  So, when my Mom told me about a lamp she'd seen that was made with a wine bottle, I was both impressed by the idea and excited to have a good excuse to keep my wine bottles. 

The idea's been floating around in the back of my head ever since, but I've never gotten around to trying it.  Mostly because I just wasn't entirely sure how to proceed.  Well, lo and behold, as I was perusing Totally Tutorials today (which, by the way, is an awesome blog and you should go follow them now), I just happened to come across this tutorial for a wine bottle lamp.  How cool is that?  I especially love the way they've set the whole thing up with the glass and the grapes.  Bonus:  This would give me an excuse to buy some of those awesome frosty/sparkly grapes they have at Walmart.  Yay!

I think it might also be possible to make an oil lamp with a wine bottle.  Which would, in my opinion, be even cooler.  Anyone know anything about this?  Or have you made anything else with bottles?  Leave a comment!


  1. I love the idea of an oil lamp from a wine bottle. Hmmm....I collect those oil lamps made from blown glass globes, and it looks like the only thing they do is thread a wick through a glass bead that fits the opening. Could you do something like that? Let us know if you come up with a successful design!

  2. There is a local seller that takes glass bottles and turns them into lamps--I love them!
    Good luck with this endeavor--show photos:)

  3. That sounds like a lot of fun - I love it when people upcycle!