How to Make a Lighted Wine Bottle

by Emily B

Repurpose a special wine bottle in a creative and decorative way.


  • Empty wine bottle (clean and dry)
  • Electric drill or drill press
  • 5/8" diamond tile drill bit
  • Short string of mini lights (ex. 20 lights)
  • Work gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Rolled up terry towel
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather your supplies. It is helpful to have 2 people/2 sets of hands. Note: Your string of lights should have a plug on ONLY one end.

    Step 2

    This drill bit is designed for use with ceramic tile and glass.

    Step 3

    Roll the towel in from both ends to make a cradle. Position the bottle on the rolled towel for stability. One person sprays water (lubrication) while the other person drills down.

    Step 4

    Using a drill press adds more stability to the procedure. It keeps the drill bit from drifting off-center.

    Step 5

    Once again, use water to lubricate the drill bit.

    Step 6

    Step 7

    Finished hole.

    Step 8

    Rinse to clear any possible glass chips. Allow the bottle to dry completely before proceeding.

    Step 9

    Gently pinch the wires and feed the lights through the hole.

    Step 10

    (Close-up of pinch)

    Step 11

    It's nice to have 1 light up the neck of the bottle. Use a bent coat hanger wire to gently pull up 1 light.

    Step 12

    Hook the light and gently pull.

    Step 13

    Depending on the bottle you selected, the lights will illuminate the label.

    Step 14


    Step 15

    A bottle could be a souvenir from a special occasion, a really good wine, or just a pretty label. (You may even consider visiting your local glass recycling center or your grocery wine distributor.)