Wine Bottle Candle Holder Tutorial

How to Upcycle Wine Bottles into Candle Holders @savedbyloves @proteawines   Magnify and reflect candlelight in these gorgeous green wine bottle tiered holders.  This project involves cutting bottles and gluing bottoms to tops, giving you luxury style on a dime in no time. Tiered candle holders make great mantle décor and centerpieces for all occasions. Protea Wine Bottle Upcycle ProjectI was given these beautiful Protea Wine Bottles to use.  They have the coolest designs, don't they?  Sadly, I shattered one of them, but the other survived! Here is how I did it...

MATERIALS

-Bottle cutting supplies (I use Creator's Bottle Cutter) -E6000 Industrial Glue -green wine bottles -Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner -Paper Towels

DIRECTIONS

1. Remove labels 2. Clean glass bottles with rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner before cutting. 3. For detailed bottle cutting instructions, see How to Cut Wine Bottles. Cut wine bottles in three heights from the bottom of the bottle to the cut line. You can eyeball it, or measure with a rule and mark with a sharpie. The smallest bottle could be four inches, the middle five inches, then six to get an equal gradient in height for your final candle holders.  Use the top of the wine bottle for your candle holder base, or cut beer bottle necks for the base.  That is what I did for this project. Tiered Trio Candle Holders 2 5. Gather the tops of the beer bottles and the bottoms of the wine bottles, and make sure they are clean. Tiered Trio Candle Holders 3 6. Apply E6000 to the mouth of the beer bottle and place on flat surface. 7. Place and center cut wine bottle on top of the glue. 8. Let dry overnight. Recycled Wine Bottle Candle Holder Tutorial @savedbyloves 9. Add filler and candles. Flameless LED tea lights are shown here, on top of filler sand.

Tissue Decoupaged Recycled Wine Bottle Lanterns

DIY Decoupaged Recycled Wine Bottle Lanterns

Hanging lanterns in the trees goes a long way towards setting a lovely scene.  With some tissue paper squares and a few wine bottles, you are on your way to  create beautiful, eco-friendly lighting to add ambiance to your outdoor space or party.

 MATERIALS

Decoupage Lanterns Supplies

 -Clear wine bottles

-Bottle Cutting Supplies (See How to Cut Wine Bottles)

-Tissue squares in a variety of colors

-Glass drilling supplies with 1/8 inch diamond hole bit

-metal chain

-jewelry pliers

 -Mod Podge

 -Foam brush or flat paint brush

 DIRECTIONS

 

1.  Clean bottle and remove any labels.

 2.  Cut bottles to 4-5 inch height and sand any rough edges (See How to Cut Wine Bottles).

3.  Drill 2 holes about 1/8 inch from the top on opposite sides of the bottle (For how to drill in glass, See DIY Mason Jar Chimes).

4.  Clean the cut bottles with alcohol or glass cleaner (I put on gloves at this point to avoid fingerprinting the glass).

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5.  Paint a strip of Mod Podge down the side of the glass and add a tissue squares.  Overlap them as desired for different effects.

6.  Paint layer of Mod Podge over each strip as you finish, smoothing out wrinkles in the paper with your paint brush as you go.  Don’t over do it as the paper is easily torn.

7.  Once entire glass is covered, go over it with another layer of Mod Podge.  You can use the outdoor formula if you are leaving the lanterns outside long term.

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8.  Add chain by opening link the end link with pliers, inserting it into the hole near the top of the glass and closing it back with the pliers.  Insert the other end of chain in hole on the opposite side.

For more inspiration, visit our 50+ Glass Bottle Crafts:

Reclaimed Wood Wine Bottle Vase Trio

Salvage Wood Wine Bottle Wall Vase Trio

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 Reclaimed wood and recycled bottles combine with inexpensive copper hardware for this rustic, ecofriendly wall vase set.  Make it in under an hour with just a few dollars for hardware!  This is perfect inexpensive wall decor, and makes a great, unique handmade gift for the holidays.

MATERIALS

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-Scrap wood cut to desired width (The board I had was 25 inches, so I went with that.  Use any number of wine bottles, and cut your wood the appropriate length for that number.)

-Drill

-1 inch copper bell hanger kit (available in plumbing section of most hardware stores for less than $2 each)

-Picture hanging hardware

-Wine bottles (clean and remove labels if desired as described in Techniques)

 DIRECTIONS

 1.  Paint, stain or decoupage your wood any way you like.  I left mine as I found it since it had the weathered look I love.  Same goes for the bottles.  Paint or decorate them to fit your decor or occasion.

Measure for holes

2.  Measure and mark placement of your bottles, leaving even spacing between each and centering them on the board.  Yay math!

Drill hole for clamps

3.  Drill a pilot hole with a drill bit just smaller in diameter than your screw.  If you aren’t using a drill, use a hammer and nail to make a pilot hole.

Wine bottle wall hanging

4. Attach bell hanger using the screw that came in your kit and a drill or screwdriver.

How to make a reclaimed wood wall hanging

5.  Attach a loop for hanging on each side.

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6.  Place on wall and add wine bottles.  Time to head to the farmer’s market for some fresh flowers!

Recycle Wine Bottles into Inexpensive Wall Decor with Reclaimed Wood @savedbyloves

DIY Upcycle Liquor Bottle to Mercury Glass Lamp

How to make Mercury Glass

Get the look of expensive mercury glass with a can of spray paint and some Epson salt!  This simple project takes a genie lamp shaped liquor bottle to an elegant mercury glass lamp for way less than the purchase price you see in stores.

Mercury Glass Lamp Tutorial

MATERIALS

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-Glass Bottle of your choice

-Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint

-Krylon Spray Adhesive Remover

-Epson Salt

-Kraft paper, plastic or other work surface protector

-Drill and 1/2 inch Diamond Hole Drill Bit

-Lint free towel and rubbing alcohol

-Dust mask

-Protective Gloves

-Protective Eyewear

-Container of water with a a soaked towel or rag

-Bottle Lamp Kit

-Lamp Shade

-Light Bulb

DIRECTIONS

 

1.  Clean bottle and remove labels; to do this, soak bottles in hot, soapy water and remove labels.  Rubbing alcohol in a lint free cloth will remove residual adhesive.  My personal favorite technique is Krylon Adhesive Remover.

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2.  Drill a hole where you want the cord to exit the lamp, in the back near the base.  For that technique, see my previous tutorial:  How to Make a Lamp From a Glass Bottle. Follow safety precautions!

3.  Clean away debris from drilling, dry bottle with a lint free cloth and tape over the hole you just drilled.  You will see why!

4. Pour Epson salt into bottle so that to about one inch from the bottom.  If your bottle is smaller, you can use less.  It is not important to be exact here.

5.  In a well ventilated area with protected work surface, spray looking glass paint into mouth of bottle.  Make sure to follow instructions on label.  You want to shake the can vigourously before using.  If your bottle mouth is small in diameter like this genie bottle, you will have paint pooling in one spot and running down the neck.  That is fine.

6.  Shake the bottle like a snow globe, so that the salt grabs the paint and drags it around.  This will create the mercury glass look.

7.  Repeat steps 5 and 6 a few more times, allowing each coat to dry for about 5 minutes before applying the next.  Stop when are happy with the look.

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8.  Follow instructions on your lamp kit to assemble.  The one used here was super simple to and cost $6.

9.  Use a thrift store or new lampshade to fit your décor.

EXTRA TIPS

○ The salt will stick to the wall of the bottle in spots, giving a lovely crystal effect.  You can pour as little or as much of the salt out as you want after painting.

Use this technique for recycled glass bottle vases, votive holders, wind chimes and more.  Keep in mind this only works when the sprayed surface is inside.

DIY Image Transfer Recycled Glass Bottles

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Image Transfer Recycled Glass Bottle Tutorial @savedbyloves

[pinit] Bring a touch of vintage chic into your décor with this chalk finish image transfer technique. This project works particularly well on bottles with texture, as you can sand after painting to remove the paint from raised areas for a chippy, old world feel.  Head to The Graphics Fairy for  thousands of free images to transfer to your bottles with this simple tissue paper transfer  technique I am sharing today!

How to Upcycle Wine Bottles

MATERIALS:

-Textured glass liquor bottles -Chalk paint in several colors -Printer (inkjet or laserjet is fine) -White Tissue Paper -Decopauge medium -Medium Grit Sandpaper -Flat paint brush -Wax brush or lint free cloth -Rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner and towel -Clear wax or other sealer -Images for transfer (I got all the images used in this post from www.graphicsfairy.com) -masking tape -cardstock or photo paper

DIRECTIONS:


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1. Remove any labels from the bottles and clean the glass with hot soapy water or use Krylon Spray Adhesive Remover.  This stuff works great!

Paint on chalky finish 2. Paint on chalk paint layer. This can be cross hatched and messy since we are going for a distressed look. Do several layers in different colors if you want different the sanding in a later step to reveal base colors. It is also fine to just do one layer. Image Transfer Bottles 5 3. Prepare image transfer by using masking tape to adhere tissue paper to a piece of cardstock or photo paper sized for your printer and image. Image Transfer Bottles 6 4. Print images, making sure you have sized them to fit your bottles. How to transfer image to glass 5. Cut out image and apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the back of it with your flat brush or sponge brush. Be careful not to rip the tissue. If the medium is too thick, you may need to thin it with a small amount of water. Image Transfer Bottles 7 6. Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the painted bottle and carefully place your image, ink side up. Smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers and apply a thin layer of the medium over the top of the image. Sand to distress 7. Once the decoupage medium is dry, lightly sand distress the texture areas of the bottle until you are happy with the degree of distressing. Apply wax with wax brush 8. Wipe away the sanding debris with a lint free cloth and seal entire bottle with clear wax using your wax brush. Another option is to seal the piece with the decoupage medium. I prefer clear wax with chalk paint. I love the unique shine it brings, and the fact that you can buff it to a shine when it dulls.

EXTRA TIPS

○ Use antiquing wax after clear wax to create more of an aged look. This project would be great with photos of family made to look aged in photo editing software, like I showed you in the “Photo in a Bottle” project.

For more inspiration, visit our 50+ Wine Bottle Upcycle Projects and 50+ Image Transfer Techniques!

Upcycle Wine Bottles to Terrarium Wonderlands

Wine-Bottle-Terrarium-Photo Do you love eco-friendly crafts?  How about succulent plants?  Combine the two by creating your own whimsical land of tiny garden fairies, mushrooms, moss and more with this DIY terrarium wine bottle world.  This project is simple is completed using artificial moss and succulents for those of us with less than a green thumb.  What great gifts, home décor and centerpieces for your woodland themed birthday party these would make!

SUPPLIES:

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 -Cut wine bottles with varying heights (See How to Cut Wine Bottles)

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-Artificial Moss

-Various artificial succulents

-Hot glue gun and sticks

-mini mushrooms, fairies and gnomes (found in most hobby stores for doll houses and miniature trains)

-Glass knobs or big glass prism or crystal beads

-E6000

-Latex or nylon gloves are optional

-Various round objects for the base of your wine bottle cloches; jar lids, candle lids, etc.

 TUTORIAL:

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 Clean the surface of your cloche base and begin hot gluing your moss and filler.

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 Build with layers, adding miniatures and succulents.

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  When you are satisfied with your scene, place your cut wine bottle cloche top over the tiny world you created.  You can glue this if you would like.  I left mine removable so I could change things later.

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To add a special touch, use E6000 to glue a knob or glass bead to the top.

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EXTRA TIPS

○ Cut the metal threading  off of antique flea market drawer pull using bolt cutters, for a flat surface you can glue onto the top of your cloche.

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50+ Wine Bottle Crafts to Make 

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DIY Wine Bottle Craft Coat Rack

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Scrap Wood Shelf With Wine Bottle Hooks

This project involves building a simple shelf from scrap wood and adding cut wine bottle tops to act as “hooks”.  It is perfect for the entryway or mudroom, as the ultimate upcycle and conversation piece.

MATERIALS

- Scrap wood in lengths and widths you want for your shelf

-One of the following; Table Saw, chop saw, miter saw, circular saw

-Jig saw

-Hammer

-Pencil

-Tape Measurer

-Wood Glue

-1 ½ inch finishing nails

-Medium grit sandpaper

 -Glass Cutting Supplies (see techniques page )

-Rubbing Alcohol

-Lint Free Cloth

-3 Wine Bottles

-E6000

-2 Sawtooth hangers

-Chalky finish paint or paint of your choice

-Sealant such as wax or polyurethane

DIRECTIONS

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This was a project I made up as I went along, based on the scrap wood I had on hand.  You can adjust the plan according to your materials. For most of the cuts I used a table mount chop saw but a handheld circular saw would be fine to.

The only cut that isn’t a straight cut is the one used to cut the shelf brackets. For this I used a scroll saw:  I drew a shelf bracket shape sized to fit my shelf onto a piece of wood, cut out the bracket and traced it onto another piece of wood as a template for cutting out the second bracket.  This is covered in step 2.

1.  Cut board for shelf surface.  For this I used an old piece of barn wood I had that measured 1 X 6.5 by 55 inches. I cut it to one 46 inch long piece and one 9 inch long piece. The 46 inch piece will be for the top and the 9 inch piece will later be used to cut the two shelf brackets.

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2.  Cut shelf rails. There are three of them (see pic). They are 1 x 3 inch boards cut to 40 inches in length.

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3.  Cut shelf brackets.  Taking the 9 inch long piece of the old barn wood from above ( 1 X 6.5 X 9 inch ) I free handed a pattern onto the board that looked somewhat decorative but had fairly simple curves. I included the drawing I used as a template.  Using the scroll saw I cut out the two identical shelf bracket pieces. Tracing one line for two pieces was easier than trying to make two identical individual pieces.

Sand all rough edges.  Medium grit sanding by hand or with an orbital sander will do.

*Clamping the two shelf brackets together while sanding them ensures that they will remain identical to one another.

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5.  Using wood glue and 1 ½  inch finishing nails attach the shelf rails to the shelf bracket on the inside face (see pic). This made the over-all length of the shelf support unit 42 inches. (40 inch rails plus the thickness of the two 1 inch brackets).

6.  Mount the shelf support unit on the 46 inch top board, centering it along the length dimension ( 4 inch overhang on each end) and flush at the back edge of the top board.  Use 1.5 inch wood screws and wood glue to attach the top to the support rails.  Make sure to square the support unit as best you can before you attach to the top( a quick check to make sure the long diagonal measurements are equal will tell you).

7.  The last addition to the unit is for the back board. I used 1/8 inch hard board that has one side grooved. You can purchase a 4 x 4 ft piece that will be much easier to handle than a full 4 x 8.  I laid the shelf unit onto the board and traced the outline. I positioned the unit on the board so that the grooves run vertically.  Cut the back out using a jig saw, table saw or circular saw. The cut is hidden so just be sure to cut a little inside the line so that you don’t have any over-lap and you don’t see the back hanging over the edges. I attached using 1/2 brads and wood glue. Make another quick check of the diagonals to verify the square of the unit before you attach the back.

8.  Allow the glue to set for 24 hours and then caulk all the seams using standard white caulk.

9.  Sand any rough spots and paint.  I went with chalk paint in antique white for the entire shelf except for the top surface board.  I like the weathered wood with the chalk finish.

10.  Seal with Wax or desired sealant.  I applied clear wax with a lint free cloth.  Let cure per instructions before handling.

11.  Measure your shelf and mark with a pencil where your bottles will go so that they are evenly spaced.

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12.  Attach cut wine bottles tops (see How to Cut Wine Bottles) by placing a generous amount of industrial strength glue such as E6000 around the cut rim where it will contact the shelf

13.  Attach a sawtooth hanger on the back with hammer, a couple of inches in from the edge of the shelf top.

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Make a shelf from reclaimed wood and recycled wine bottles @savedbyloves

EXTRA TIPS

○ Power tools can be intimidating.  They don’t need to be though!  I started at ana-white.com and found everything I needed to know to be successful and safe.  You can too!

Check out craigslist for used tools, or see if your town has a makerspace where you can pay a small membership fee and have access to the tools you want to try.

           

How I Cut Wine Bottles for Perfect Rings

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I am cutting the heck out of wine and beer bottles these days as I create recycled bottle art.  There are several ways to approach this task.  You can score the bottle with one of the many bottle cutting jigs available, or you can go the tile saw route.  Today I am going to show you the best wine bottle cutter I have found, and how I  separate the glass cleanly after making the score line.  You will learn the best way to cut a wine bottle, as well as how I make the rings, then fuse them in my kiln to get the smooth "donut" like the one I made for the pictured necklace.

How to make jewelry from wine bottles

Best wine bottle cutter

Creator's Bottle Cutter

This is the cutter I use.  I love it.  I have tried several, and this one gives me the best score line with the least hassle.

PROS:  It is easy to get an even score line all the way around the bottle since the bottle is supported well and you have both hands free to rotate it.  It is great for cutting several rings of the same height from a bottle because you can easily adjust the blade location an even amount using the ruler on the blade guide.

CONS:  I wish I could cut the bottle neck with this cutter, but sadly, I can't.  The blade doesn't reach high enough for that.

This video from Delphi Glass shows you how easy it is to cut with the Creator's Bottle Cutter.  After making the score line, the video shows heat applied to the score line with a candle.  I started out that way, but then found a quicker way that produces very clean breaks.

Wine Bottle Ring Before Fusing First make all of the score lines for getting several rings from one bottle.  I like to make my rings 0.5-0.75 inches tall, so I just move the blade that distance for each line.

Best Wine Bottle Cutter

Once the score lines are made, I put the bottle back on the roller and heat the bottom score line.  I hold the torch in my right hand and spin the bottle on the rollers with my left hand on the neck of the bottle.  It is important to keep the bottle moving because applying the torch in one spot for very long will cause the glass to splinter  and shatter.

Sometimes a few rotations with the torch on the score line will be enough to separate the glass.  After 30 seconds of heat if the glass is still intact, I submerge in a bucket of cold water and that does it.  Now the bottom is off of the bottle and I move on to the next score line.  When it breaks, I have my first ring.

Glass fusing kiln

To get the smooth, flat ring shown in the beer bottle necklace, I put my rings in my kiln (I have a Paragon Fusion 14) and run to full fuse.  You could do these one at a time in your a microwave kiln.  That is how I started!

I showed you my first microwave kiln project here:

How to make dichroic glass with microwave kiln

Wine Bottle Lamp

Wine Bottle Lamp DIY by Lana Red

I am a little obsessed with wine bottle crafts lately, which is why this great bottle to lamp repurpose from Lana Red caught my eye.  Learn how she did it with the great step by step.  I have a couple of ideas using the new glass paint from Deco Art that I shared with you in these posts:

Video Tutorial: Make Cut Wine Bottle Vases

Cut wine bottles and make adorable Vases/jars/candle holders.  Video DIY at savedbylovereations.com

Need a beautiful, quick gift that is free to make?  This recycled wine bottle craft is just the thing.  It is super fun, you will see in the video.  It only takes a few supplies and a minute to make.  Stick a paper rose in there (see this paper rose tutorial) and you have a lovely centerpiece or house warming gift.  I was completely intimidated by this project.  I can't believe how easy it is.  Gather up some empty wine bottles and lets go!

PLEASE be careful and wear goggles and gloves.  This project is very easy, but involves fire and glass.  The edges after cutting were dull enough that my fingers were fine after running them along the rim, but I did decide to sand with 120 grit sand paper before giving as gifts.

Cut wine bottles and make adorable Vases/jars/candle holders.  Video DIY at savedbylovereations.com

 

Cut wine bottles and make adorable Vases/jars/candle holders.  Video DIY at savedbylovereations.com