Learn how to build a wine bottle chandelier

If you celebrated the new year in, chances are you have the materials to do this project sitting in your recycling bin! It’s a fun DIY lighting project that can remind you of the great time you had celebrating (or the pain the next morning), every time you flip the switch 😉

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Give your kitchen a new look by installing a DIY wine bottle chandelier! It’s a great recycling project for all those wine bottles emptied during the holiday celebrations. You can also put this above your dining table or kitchen island.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Don’t have enough empty wine bottles in your recycle bin? You can ask your friends and family. Of course you aren’t restricted to wine bottles… how about a Jack Daniel’s, Martell or Glen Fiddich version?

Pick your poison and get started on this easy DIY project. The tutorial below shows you in detail how to build this beautiful and secure light fixture and attach it to your ceiling!

Will this be the project to keep you busy this weekend? 🙂

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You’ll need these materials:

  • Wine Bottles
  • 8′ of 3/4″ by 3″ Pine Trim Board
  • 2’x4′ 3/4″ Plywood
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Stain
  • Acetone
  • Rags
  • 1/2″ Plumbing Pipes (1/2″ O.D. is key, since it has to fit through the neck of the bottle)
  • 1/2″ to 3/4″ Plumbing Coupling Converter (1 per number of bottles)
  • 3/8″ Flange/Escutcheon (1 per number of bottles)
  • #0 Conduit Hangers, or the smallest size you can find (1 per number of bottles)
  • 4 Screw Eyes (capable of holding 50 lbs min)
  • 2 Screw eyes (with a 1″ minimum opening)
  • 2 Plastic Electrical Junction Boxes
  • Mini Candelabra Light Sockets with wiring (however many bottle you are hanging)
  • About 2′ of chain (25 lb load)
  • 4 Quick links (25 lb load)
  • Electrical Tape
  • 2 5/8″ Toggle Bolts (basically the biggest I could find)
  • 2 5/8″ x 1 1/4″ Fender Washers

And these tools:

  • Table Saw
  • Chop Saw
  • Wood Clamps
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Pliers
  • Screw Driver

 

Steps:

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Cut a groove in the trim board to allow the plywood to be recessed inside. I cut a 3/8″ deep by 3/4″ wide groove using a table saw. It could be done with a skill saw if done carefully to keep the groove straight and consistent. I cut the 8′ piece of trim in half, just for ease of working with the pieces.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Cut trim board to form outside edge of box. Using a chop saw, I cut the trim boards using miter joints (45 degree angles), making sure to plan for the groove being on the inside of the box. My box’s outside dimensions were 12″ x 25.5″.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Cut the plywood to fit inside the box, in the groove. To have it set in to the trim boards and retain my outside dimensions, I cut to 11.25″ x 24.75″ (3/8″ deep groove on all four sides, so 3/4″ off outside box dimensions).

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Dab some wood glue inside the groove on all 4 sides, and place the plywood inside. Clamp all 4 sides of the trim pieces and leave overnight.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Layout holes for tubing/bottles. See above for my layout.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Drill 1/2″ holes for each tube/bottle. 1/2″ worked perfect for the tubing/piping in the next steps (encloses the electrical cables and supports the bottle) that I used, but if you use different tubing, just make sure it fits through the hole, but not by too much since the bottle will hang on the lip of the plywood at each hole.

Sand away! Sand to remove all pencil marks and excess glue. Use higher grit to finish nicely

Clean using rags and pouring on some acetone. This will clean up any dirt/saw dust on the box, and will dry almost instantly.

Stain the box whatever color you would like. No need to do the inside, since it won’t be seen.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Attach bottles to box: This is the part that took the most planning and testing, but here is what I found to work really well.

I am not going to explain how to cut/sand down the wine bottles since there are tons of examples on Youtube and others. I use a jig, and it works fairly well. I also cut all bottle to the same height, but you could definitely add another level of depth and do different lengths.

Cut the Plumbing pipe in segments, I did (3) at 15″ and (4) at 17″ for the front vs. back rows.

Using gorilla glue to secure them, plug the coupling in to the end of the pipe. Make sure the conduit stays clear and you will have to pull wire through later on.

Spray paint black to eliminate any of the writing that is visible on the pipe.

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Insert the pipe piece through the next of the bottle, then place the flange/escutcheon on (make sure it is in the correct direction), then insert the pipe in to the hole already drilled in the box. Mine were a tight fit, which was good since you don’t want it to slide back though by accident.

Pull the pipe through so that about 1 1/2″ is visible on the inside of the box.

Attach the conduit hanger to the pipe so it rest directly on the box. This will keep the pipe from sliding through as well. Since the conduit hangers are generally built for wider pipe, you may have to wrap the pipe with tape prior to this step. Try to tighten as much as possible

Give the pipe/bottle a pull and shake when all tightened up to make sure it doesn’t slide through. You don’t want a glass bottle to come crashing down!

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

DIY Wine Bottle Chandelier

Clamp down the flange/escutcheon so it is flush with the bottom of the box. I used a little hot glue as well to make sure they stayed in place. These are purely cosmetic.

 

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