Tools, resources & supplies you will need for your own DIY Bottle Projects.
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Corded Electric Drill
A good, high power, corded electric drill works great if you’re planning on making just one or two Bottle Lamps. This 8 Amp 3/8 inch Pistol Grip DEWALT Drill DWD110K is designed for flexibility and is built to allow ergonomic hand positioning with a soft grip so your hands will not get too tired. Drill comes with a durable kit bag for safe keeping.
Believe me, once you have a drill like this it will come in handy for many other projects around the house. Available for only $59.00 from Amazon, this is a steal!
Glass Cutting Drill Bits
This Drill Bit Set by Vermont American is a four piece set that includes a 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″ and 5/16″ drill bits. You might also need a 1/2″ glass cutting drill bit.
I have come to find that these drill bits by Vermont American are the best on the market and last for a long time. Only $14.87 for the set!
Diamond Hole Saw Set
This 10 Piece Diamond Hole Saw Set turned out to be an absolute life/time saver and comes in a nice wooden box for storage. Sizes are as follows: 1/4 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 3/4 in. and 1 in. on 1/4 in. Shank Sizes: 1.1/4 in.,1.3/8 in., 1.1/2 in., 2 in., 2.3/8 in. on a 3/8 in. Shank.
This Diamond Hole Saw Set by SE makes a great gift for any bottle crafter. Free shipping and only $41.69 per set, this is an unbelievable deal.
Bench Drill Press
If you are planning on making Bottle Lamps to give away or if you have your own business you should seriously consider buying a Bench Drill Press. I have been using a bench drill press and it cuts the drill time down to a few minutes versus almost half an hour.
We found this WEN Drill Press on Amazon on sale for only $79.99 – read my full drill press review, includes set up video.
LED Wine Bottle USB Rechargeable Cork Light
The wine bottle neck cork light can be charged in as little as 20 minutes, lasting up to two hours. Turn any empty bottle into a decorative centerpiece.
This cork light can also double as a safety light for a staircase or pathway. LED Cork Bottle Lights can provide safety for an entire room during a blackout. This set of 4 cork lights retails for only $22.90.
Rotary tools are one of the most flexible tools around and work well for drilling the occasional glass bottle.
The WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft allows for precision details on your craft projects, comes with all the accessories you need and a hard case for carrying. Only around $20.00 & free shipping on orders over $35.
Diamond Bur Set
This is a very inexpensive, yet high quality, glass drilling Bit Set to use with the rotary tool above. This set of 20 bits costs less than one high-quality diamond bit from other sources.
The bits work great on glass, metal, and stone. Only $5.25 for the set.
We have used Bottle Fillers for many of our DIY bottle projects. The most asked about filler we use is this crystal or diamond fill, it’s a vase filler made of little acrylic pieces.
As a filler for lamps and lighted bottles we have also used marbles, coffee beans, glass jewels and various other items. This beautiful crystal filler from Amazon is only $8.99 for a 2 lb. bag.
Many unique bottle projects have been accomplished by adding Flat Marbles. The flat yellow marbles you see in the picture are a wonderful bottle filler for adding weight and substance to an empty liquor bottle.
Hot glue flat marbles to the outside of your bottle or use multi-colored marbles to make unique designs. Yellow flat marbles are only $18.99 for a 5 lb. bag (available in many colors).
Lamp Light Kit
We have used the Westinghouse #70025 Make A Lamp Kit on many of our bottles now. This light kit is very easy to use and comes with three different rubber adapters to fit different sized bottle necks.
Includes all the necessary hardware to turn your bottle into a fully functioning lamp. At only $9.90 you will not find a better or cheaper lamp kit anywhere.
Lamp Power Cord with Inline Switch
The US plug Lamp Power Cord with dimmer switch is used for adding the convenience of being able to turn your bottle lamps on and off without unplugging them. The cable is 6 feet long and has a suitable rating of AC110V/AC250V.
Available in white, black or brown for only $6.03 plus free shipping.
Edison Light Bulb
Vintage looking light bulbs take your bottle lamp project to the next level. This Edison Light Bulb is ideal for use in bottle lamps, outdoor lanterns, ceiling fixtures, chandeliers and pendants.
Nostalgic bulbs are available in multiple bulb shapes, filament styles, and wattage. Perfect for Steampunk designs! Pricing starts at $6.49.
Pendant Light Cord Kit
Fun and colorful Pendant Light Cord Kits are UL listed with 15 feet of premium quality textile braided wire. Medium base (E26) light bulb socket with removable 1 5/8″ shade ring. Use without the ring for an industrial/Steampunk look.
Available in 17 gorgeous colors! Only $30 per kit.
LED Light Bulb
This “Squirrel Cage” vintage design LED Light Bulb is perfect to use in a bottle lamp without a lamp shade. A very warm color temp of 2700K ensures a vintage filament type color.
Fantastic for atmospheric lighting, in a multi-bulb pendant light, as well as discreet lighting. $13.39 per bulb.
Mini Light String
Finding Mini Light Strings other than around Christmas time isn’t always easy. When purchasing light strings on-line be sure to get the ‘non connectable’ light strings.
35 mini lights work perfectly for colored wine bottles (colored light sets are also available). It’s best to use mini lights by themselves, without any fillers inside the bottle. Available on Amazon for only $6.99 plus free shipping.
LED Light String
This commercial grade LED Mini Light Set is fairly inexpensive and comes with either green or white wire. LED lights are cool to the touch and use very little electricity, making them environmentally friendly.
These long lasting LED light sets are perfect for craft projects and are available in a variety of colors from blue to red to green to yellow and multi. Get them here for only $10.95 per set.
Hot Glue Gun
Planning on making your own Lamp Shades or decorating the outside of your lighted bottles with jewels? The GlueShot Glue Gun will be your best friend. The glue heats up quickly and flows evenly with the help of a trigger feed mechanism.
This inexpensive kit includes a Standard Hot-Melt Glue Gun Kit, (6) all purpose glue sticks and (6) Formula II super strength sticks, all for only $10.61.
For most of our bottle lamps we use 7 – 7.5 inch shades. Lamp Shades come in different shapes and all sorts of colors and patterns. Try to find a lamp shade that fits the style and personality of your recycled bottle.
Check out our How To Make A Lamp Shade in six easy steps or click the button below to browse for a new lamp shade online starting at only $5.97.
These doughnut shaped plugs snap into the drilled hole of your recycled bottle. While protecting the cable insulation from damage they also conceal the sharp edges of the glass. Flexible black vinyl 1/4″ grommets.
Rubber Grommets are used if you’re attaching a cord with a switch to make a bottle lamp or if you’re replacing the electrical plug on a light string. Only $4.27 per set of 6.
Glass Bottle Cutter
A dependable Bottle Cutter that is simple to use and creates precise scores around the bottle. Constructed from a poly-carbonate plastic the Creator’s Bottle Cutter is the only one Made In USA with a carbide cutting wheel.
This is our go-to bottle cutter and can score beer bottles, wine bottles, square bottles, triangular bottles and even oval bottles. Only $89.99 plus free shipping.
Round Bottle Cutter
The Kinkajou Round Bottle Cutter is a less expensive alternative for cutting wine, beer and liquor bottles. It cuts round bottles from 43 -102 mm in diameter.
This bottle cutter comes in several different color options and also includes sandpaper, separation rings and a bunch of really cool stickers. Available for only $49.99.
Upcycle EZ-Cut Bottle Cutter
Sturdy and easy to use, this glass bottle cutter comes right out of the box and hits the ground running. Spending a little extra for the “Deluxe” kit will also get you a heat tool for assisting with the glass separation process.
The bottle cutter deluxe kit was created to give you a better wine and beer bottle cutting experience. The kit is available for only $46.99 plus shipping.
Bottle Neck Cutter
The Creators Bottle Neck Cutter allows you to quickly and safely cut the neck off a bottle. Made in the USA, this unique bottle cutter gives you a precision cut each and every time.
Able to cut tapered and straight bottles from half-inch to a depth of approximately four-and-a-half inches. Available for only $49.95 on Amazon.
Up-cycling cut bottles into glasses, vases, and other crafts is a lot of fun until its time to sand the bottle edge smooth. Be sure to check out Nick’s review video to see this great bottle sanding tool in action.
The Bottle Bit will save you hours of hard work sanding down the rough edges of your cut bottles. Available for only $59.00 with free shipping on Amazon.
Bottle Neck Holder
The ultimate, user friendly gadget that gives your bottle tops exquisite new shapes and purposes. The Glastopper allows you to instantly turn your bottle tops into pieces of art.
The possibilities are endless! Made in the USA, food and dishwasher safe. Only $14.99 for a set of 4, they make great gifts for your favorite bottle crafter.
Jaburi Bottle Top Stems
These little gadgets create a new up-cycling opportunity. Create personalized and unique goblets and glasses with your cut off bottle tops!
Bottle Top Stems feature a hard plastic base and rubberized stems. These fun bottle top stems will fit about any bottle top size, creating a waterproof seal. Only $18.99 for a set of 6. Great inexpensive gift idea!
Mini Heat Gun
This mini heat gun offers a concentrated heat source that is designed to focus on a small area. Great for separating glass, melting embossing powder, shrinking gift wrap/tubing, phone repair and other crafts!
Have a better success rate of cut bottles perfectly with this bottle cutting heat tool. Available for only $17.99 + $4.96 shipping.
This Emery Cloth will make smoothing out your cut bottle edges simple and easy. The 9 x 11 inch pack comes with three different grits, fine, medium and course. Cloth backing makes this strong and durable for multiple uses.
This is a great bargain for bottle crafters at only $2.58/pack.
Saber Tooth Sanding Pads
These Sanding Pads are made to last. Check out Nick’s review video to learn more. The pack includes: 1 – 60 grit saber tooth diamond sanding pad, 1 – 400 grit saber tooth diamond sanding pad and 12 sheets of 2000 grit wet/dry sand paper.
The Saber Tooth works great while using the Bottle Bit (see above). On sanding pads are sale for $49.99/pack.
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Thank you and happy crafting!
Nick and Silke
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Nick and I started buying most of our crafting supplies, as well as other items online. Amazon has a huge selection of products at reasonable prices and if you’re a prime member, like us, a lot of them ship for free. Here is a good example why shopping local isn’t always such a good deal.
We finally came out of the dark ages and purchased smart phones a while back. Thinking a case for our phones would be a good buy, we priced the cases at the cell phone store. They had a variety of them priced anywhere from $20 – $50, a little steep so we decided to wait. When we got home we checked on Amazon and found much nicer hard cases for under $5.00 each. What a difference!
Shopping local is important, but if there’s a huge mark up then you’re better off buying your supplies online.