Make a Lamp from a Wine Bottle

This is not the typical 70s wine bottle lamp… There are tons of awesome liquor bottles out there, not that I’m in the habit of hanging out at the liquor store (really, I’m not), but the few times I’ve been, I’ve been amazed at the different styles, shapes, and colors. This particular wine bottle is shaped like a cat. In case you wanted to know, the wine was a Riesling (a sweet, dessert-type wine) from Germany.

Tools and Materials:

  • 1” diamond drill bit
  • Drill
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Box cutter
  • 1 – Lamp Cord
  • 1 – Inline Switch
  • 3 – Lock Nuts
  • 1 -Steel Nipple
  • 1 – Socket Cover
  • 1 – Candelabra base Keyless Socket
  • 2 – 3/4” O.D. Rubber Grommets
  • 1 – Decorative Washer
  • Wine Bottle
  • Shade of your choice

Let’s get started!

Let me start off by saying that the diamond bit is expensive but it is well worth the money to be able to cut holes in glass, tile, vases, etc. Used properly, it will last almost forever! Using this bit makes it very easy to cut holes in the bottles. It needs to have a constant water source in order to keep the bit and the glass from getting too hot. While I cut the holes, I had a steady stream of water running from the faucet. Use caution when doing this!

Cut a hole in the back of the bottle for the lamp cord.

Use the steel nipple, two lock nuts, the two rubber grommets, and the decorative washer to create an assembly for the socket. The rubber grommets will fit into the bottle opening almost like a cork. Add the remaining lock nut at the top of the nipple(about 3/4″ down) and screw on the socket. This lock nut will keep the socket from being wobbly or loosening. Set this assembly to the side for now.


Add the inline switch to the cord. Lamp cords are always really long, which is great so you can relocate the lamp basically anywhere. The switch should be located relatively close to the lamp itself to make it easy to turn it on and off. There is nothing more annoying than a switch located in the middle of a very long cord! I located mine about 24” from the end  of the wire (not the plug end – it would defeat the purpose!). Cut a slit in the center of the wires to separate them. One wire has ribs on the plastic casing and the other does not. At the slit, cut the wire that does not have the ribs in half. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screw to separate the switch. Press the wire into the “hollow” half of the switch. The wire with the ribs will be placed into the channel which will force the other wire that has been cut up into the upper portion. (See the picture.) Press the two halves firmly back together and tighten the screw.


Thread the wire through the hole in the back of the bottle and up through the neck. Mark the wire with the ribs at the very end with a marker. Insert the wire through the socket assembly, then press the assembly into the neck opening. The rubber grommets will hold it firmly in place.


Remove the cardboard sheath from the socket and connect the wire to the terminals. The marked ribbed wire will be attached to the silver terminal and the other wire will be attached to the brass terminal. Loop the wire around the terminal in the direction the screw will be tightened. Place the cardboard sheath back on the socket.

Place the socket cover over the socket assembly and mark where it will need to be cut. Use a hacksaw to cut the piece being careful not to break the cover. (I can’t cut a straight line with a hacksaw to save my life!) Place the cover on the assembly.


Insert your bulb and attach the lampshade. Plug the lamp in and test it.


Isn’t she pretty??

Until next time,

Happy Creating!


Make a Wine Bottle Torch

How to Make a Wine Bottle Torch

I know, there are tons of sites with this exact same subject. I went to one and thought,”Wow, this is cool! I want to make some!”.  I even saw one site where they made vases out of the wine bottles and hung them indoors on the wall. They were so pretty!

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So, I printed out the parts list and went off to the home improvement store to buy them. I only found a few – they didn’t know what the rest of the parts were and I was surprised by that! Once I got back home, I did a little research on the internet, ended up finding what I needed, and I’ll share my method on how to make a wine bottle torch.


  • 1/2″ copper cap
  • 1/2″ x 3/8″ copper coupling (shown with teflon tape wrapped on the larger end)
  • 3/8 x 16 threaded rod
  • 1″ split ring hanger (in the plumbing dept!)
  • 3/8″ ceiling flange (also called a “top plate connector”)
  • 2 – 3/8″ hex nuts
  • Tiki torch replacement wicks
  • Empty wine bottle

I wanted to use them as ambiance for a barbecue we were planning. Plus, if the bug repellent type of oil is used, it can do dual duty and keep those pesky mosquitos at bay! So here is how I created my torches:

I sprayed a clear coat on the caps and couplers. I didn’t want the patina on the copper that will eventually happen.

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The couplers will need to have teflon tape wrapped around the larger end. I found that wrapping the tape five times around it gave a nice, snug fit in the bottle opening. Then I inserted the wick in the opening with at least 1″ at the top.

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The store where I purchased the ceiling flanges didn’t have them in copper, only galvanized. I thought about spray painting them even though paint doesn’t stick to galvanized material very well. Its a small part so eventually repainting wouldn’t be a big deal. I used primer and painted them with hammered copper spray paint. I’m not ready to mount mine yet (I have to build the deck first!) so I set the ceiling flange, split ring connector, and threaded rod off to the side for awhile.

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Fill them with torch fuel and definitely use a funnel! The wicks seem short for the bottle but pour enough in there so the wicks can absorb the fuel. The Tiki brand fuel also comes in a bug-repellant type which will be great for this summer! I learned that water can be poured into the bottle along with the fuel (they won’t mix) and as long as the lower 1″ of the wick is in the fuel, it will burn just fine!

I waited until dark to light mine so I can check them out. The caps are so the wick can be protected when not in use. Aren’t they great?

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I have several of these torches that I’ve made in various bottles. I may share another post later on how to make a wine bottle torch using another type of bottle or jar! Any questions? Let me know at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!

How to Make a Wine Bottle Stopper with a Drawer Knob

There are some really cool wine bottles out there… I have a plan to use empty wine bottles for holding other drinks (water, juice, tea, etc.) at my son’s graduation party this Spring. Cool wine bottles need cool stoppers, right?

This quick and easy project makes an awesome gift!

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Wine Bottle Stoppers


  • Drawer Pull – the kind with the threaded rod attached to the knob and a nut on the end (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)**
  • Cork
  • Stik ‘n Seal Outdoor adhesive


Start by drilling a 3/16″ hole through the center of the cork. Don’t drill all the way through, just deep enough to house the threaded rod the knob is attached to.


Squeeze adhesive into the hole the best you can and twist the knob into the hole.

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Let dry and place in the bottle. 


** If the only drawer knob available are the kind at the home improvement stores with a screw at the end, the screw can be replaced with a piece of 8-32 threaded rod cut to length with a hacksaw!

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How to Build a Rustic Crate and Wine Bottle Lighting

I found these great wood panels at my local home improvement store. They are rustic, rough, and perfect for a number of projects! They measure about 16″ x 72″ and are 5/8″ thick plus they cost me $16.00 each! I didn’t think that was too bad for something so fantastic!

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Impulse led me to buy two of them without a specific project in mind. That then led me to buy two more… So when I went back to buy more for another project to be featured later, I found out that the panels I had purchased were mistakes! In other words, the panels they were supposed to have on the shelf are paint-grade (smooth) and these particular panels were received then put on the shelves by mistake! That would be my luck…

Anyway, I saw a rustic candle holder in one of the high end catalogs for $149. It was basically a box measuring 39″ long x 16-1/2″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall. The flameless candles were sold seperately for about $14.00 each! Do you know how many of  those candles it would take to fill a box that big?? More than I care to calculate! I figured the panels I bought would make a fantastic box to house a few extra wine bottles I had to make outdoor ambiance lighting similar to the one in the catalog for a fraction of the cost!!



  • One rustic panel (Reclaimed wood or pallet boards can also be used)
  • Wine bottles with corks
  • LED puck lights
  • Museum putty
  • Glue & brad nailer with 1-1/4″ brads

Before I cut the pieces, I set wine bottles on the panel to get the measurements for my box. I didn’t want any big gaps between the bottles and the edge of the box.

I cut my pieces as follows: One – 18″ x 13-3/4″ (Bottom), Two – 5-1/2″ x 19-1/4″ (Longer Sides), Two – 5-1/2″ x 13-3/4″ (Shorter Sides). The size of the box can be customized to a size that fits your needs.



Start by running a bead of glue along one of the short edges of the bottom and nail one of the shorter pieces to that end. Repeat for the other end.


Run a bead of glue along one of the longer edges as well as the sides of each of the shorter pieces and nail one of the longer pieces to this edge. Repeat for the other edge.



It took everything I had in me to resist sanding! Sanding the box would ruin the “rusticness” so I sealed it with a few coats of Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Soft Touch Matte. Have you ever used Painter’s Pyramids when finishing wood projects? These are the bomb! I’ll give more info on those later!

If you’ve never used Museum Putty, this is the best stuff on the planet for securing objects to shelves, etc. It is similar to the blue tacky stuff that can be used on posters so they can be hung without putting holes in walls except better!! The putty will be used to secure the wine bottles to the inside of the box.

Put a couple of balls of putty on the bottom of each of the bottles (probably not as much as I did in the photo) and press into place. I wanted all of the labels to face out even at the corners.


Put a ball of putty on the bottom of each puck light and position them in the center of the box.

The box can be hung from a tree branch (with a length of rope and a few fasteners) or placed in the middle of an outdoor table.


Until next time,

Happy Creating!!

Recycle a Wine Bottle to Make a Fragrance Diffuser

How to Make a Fragrance Diffuser with a Wine Bottle

There really are some beautiful wine bottles out there and I just hate to throw them out after enjoying the contents (hee hee)! I’m trying to find various ways to use them decoratively around the house. I think I’ve come up with another idea… Today, I will share how to make a fragrance diffuser with a wine bottle, complete with hardware to hang it on the wall! All it takes are a few inexpensive parts, your favorite fragrance, and you’re off!


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  • Wine Bottle
  • Top plate connector (found in the plumbing section of any home improvement store)
  • 3/8″ threaded rod
  • 1″ split-ring hanger for 3/8″ rod (also found in the plumbing section)
  • 2 – 3/8″ hex nuts
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Vase filler (I used crushed shells)
  • Diffuser oil


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Okey dokey… Start by cutting the threaded pipe with a hacksaw to the length desired. I cut mine at about 5″. The only top plate connectors I could find were galvanized. Galvanized material can be painted but it doesn’t last very long but since this is a project for the indoors, it should be fine. Prime and paint as desired. Screw the plate connector to the drywall through a stud or using proper anchors such as auger anchors. Thread one of the nuts onto the rod, and thread the rod into the plate connector. Tighten the nut against the connector to secure it.

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Thread the second nut onto the rod, then thread the split ring onto the rod. The rod should not interfere with the inside of the ring. Tighten the nut against the ring to secure it.


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Using a funnel, fill the bottle about half way with the vase filler.


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Pour the diffuser oil into the bottle and add the bamboo skewers.


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Insert the bottle neck into the split ring and tighten the screws. Try not to overtighten as the bottle may break!

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Voila! Gorgeous decoration on the cheap!  Think of it as a two-for-one deal… Not only do you get to enjoy the fabulous contents of the bottle but you get a fantastic decoration, too!

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As a side note, the bottle can also be used as a wall-mounted vase and the wall connector can be used with the outdoor torches created in this post. Have any questions about how to make a fragrance diffuser with a wine bottle? Leave a comment below!


How to Make a Lamp with a Liquor Bottle for the Man Cave…

How to Make a Lamp with a Liquor Bottle

A few posts back, I shared instructions on how to make a lamp from a wine bottle… This lamp is much cooler and is the ultimate accessory for the man cave! A diamond tip drill bit is used to cut a hole in the back of the bottle… These bits can be pricey but they are way worth the expense if you are going to cut holes in a lot of glass or tile!

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  • Empty liquor bottle
  • Lamp-from-a-bottle kit (which is actually cheaper than buying the parts individually!)
  • Diamond Tip drill bit (mine is 5/8″ diameter)
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver

Let’s get started!

How you obtain your liquor bottle is up to you… I’m not going to give advice on that!! Wash it out and allow it to dry.

Using the diamond bit and a drill, cut a hole in the back of the bottle. Make sure to have water running over the bit and the bottle – not only does this keep everything cool but it will prolong the life of the bit.

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Use a 1/2″ drill bit to cut a hole in the cap. I found it easier to drill the hole from the inside with a piece of scrap wood under the cap and using the cap means less parts!

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Here are a few of the lamp parts I used…

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Using the threaded rod, I put a nut and washer on one end, threaded it through the hole in the cap from the inside, then used another washer and nut on the top.

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Screw the cap part of the socket onto the end of the rod and set it aside for the time being.

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I threaded the cord through the hole in the back through the top then thread the cord through the rod assembly. Screw the cap in place.

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Tie a UL knot in the cord according to the socket instructions.

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Secure the wire to the terminals – the ribbed wire is secured to the silver terminal and the smooth wire is secured to the brass terminal, then snap the socket into place.

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Add a shade and a bulb, and light up the man cave!

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Here are a few more I’ve made with other bottles…

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The blue bottle is actually bent like that!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!



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