Here are some of the tools & supplies you will need for your DIY Bottle Projects:
A Corded Drill
A good, high power, corded pistol grip electric drill, like the one shown here by DEWALT, works great if you’re planning on making just one or two Bottle Lamps.
This DEWALT drill is designed for flexibility and is built to allow ergonomic hand positioning with a soft grip so your hands will not get too tired.
Believe me, once you have a drill like this it will come in handy for many other projects around the house.
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 use one, but don’t drill all the way through the bottle with it.
I have come to find that these drill bits by Vermont American are the best on the market and last for a long time.
Always wear gloves and be careful when using these bits, they get very hot during the drilling process.
Acrylic and Crystal Filler
We have used various fillers for our lighted bottles. The most asked about filler we use is crystal or diamond fill, it’s a vase filler made of little acrylic pieces.
It adds a nice touch, plus it gives the bottle extra weight which is especially important if you’re making a lamp that might be a little top heavy.
As a filler for our lamps and lighted bottles we have also used marbles, coffee beans, glass jewels and various other items.
Lamp Light Kit
We have used the Westinghouse #70025 Make A Lamp Kit on several bottles now.
This light kit is very easy to use and comes with three different rubber adapters to fit different bottle necks.
The Westinghouse lamp kit includes all the necessary hardware to turn your bottle into a fully functioning lamp.
Mini Light Strings
Finding mini light strings other than around Christmas time isn’t always easy. Last year we picked up numerous sets of light strings on sale after the holidays and still ended up ordering more online after a few months. When purchasing light strings on-line be sure to get the ‘non connectable’ light strings.
These 35 Clear Mini Lights work perfectly for colored wine bottles. Keep in mind that your bottle will get a little bit warm to the touch, not enough to start a fire or anything. Just be mindful of that if you plan on filling your bottle with a filler like little crystal chips or marbles.
It’s best to just use these lights by themselves, without anything else inside the bottle.
The LED Christmas and Craft Mini Light Set from Novelty Lights 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, like lighted wine bottles and bottle lamps, because they do not have the female socket for end to end connection of multiple strings. LED lights are also available in a variety of colors from blue to red to green to yellow and multi.
Hot Glue Gun
Planning on making your own Lamp Shades or decorating the outside of your lighted bottles with jewels? This Stanley 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 Glue Sticks, all for under $13.
For most of our bottle lamps we use 7 – 7.5 inch lamp shades. Lamp shades comes in different shapes and all sorts of colors and patterns.
Find a lamp shade that fits the style and personality of your bottle. It’s fun to add beads, fringes, glow in the patterns, or whatever else you can think of to make your lamp unique.
We also have written an article on How to make a lamp shade in six easy steps under our DIY Projects category.
Bench Drill Press
If you are planning on making Bottle Lamps to give away to your friends and family, or if you have your own business and are in need of signage, you should seriously consider buying a Bench Drill Press.
I have been using a bench drill press to make our Bottle Lamps for a while now and it cuts the drill time down to a few minutes versus almost half an hour.
I received my drill press as a gift, but we found a Central Machinery drill press that is very reasonably priced at around $100.
Diamond Hole Saw Set
I received this 10 piece Diamond Hole Saw Set for my drill press as a gift from my wife last year. It 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 at an unbelievable price.
Flexible vinyl. Black.-1/4”.-6 per card.
These grommets are usually used if your attaching a cord with a switch or simply replacing the electrical plug on your bottle lamp light string.
Laser Drill Press
Laser Drill Press for serious Bottle Lamp Makers
Are you seriously thinking of starting your own business of making Bottle Lamps? Take a look at the Delta Laser Drill Press.
Besides many other features the adjustable laser projects a bright red cross hair on the bottle or piece you’re working on. How cool is that?
This tool can be used for many other projects besides cutting holes in bottles and has a 5 year warranty. This beauty has been on my wishlist for a while now.
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