If you’re like me, then you probably are stuck to pinterest like someone took some super glue and put you there. Or maybe you have your own vice. Whatever it may be, or however you access new and interesting projects to improve your house and home with, DIY is definitely something that is bursting with popularity. Even the simplest things, pieces of what used to be considered trash, or little gadgets can be transformed into something completely new, and all without that much money involved.
Of course, for me, my favorite thing is being able to get new and unique home decor that you just won’t see anywhere else. Sure, ten of my friends might go through the same DIY as I do and complete the project, but none of our finished products will look exactly the same. Unique is something that no one can buy. Even in small quantities, mass production kills the idea of one of a kind.
And that’s why we, at BrightTouch, are going to be sharing our own DIY tutorials here.
While our lights were developed to be special and to meet the needs of the public who has made these fairy lights so popular, only you can turn them into that one of a kind, special piece that you just can’t find elsewhere. By doing one of our DIY projects, you can see BrightTouch in a whole new light – they aren’t just for everything anymore, they can be used for even more than that!
It’s exciting, and to kick it all off, we’ll present you with our first project:
DIY Wine Bottle Lamps
Upcycle your most loved, most unique wine bottles and turn them into lamps that can literally fit into any kind of color scheme and any decor theme. This is a simple project that will probably only take you about a half an hour or less.
What You’ll Need:
1 Wine Bottle of your choice
1 Strand of BrightTouch lights in the color of your choice
Tape. I used scotch tape, but I’d recommend a small square of duct tape or electrical tape
A drill with a diamond drill bit
A sink capable of hands-free running water
A towel with some thickness
A glue gun (Optional)
Additional decorations (Optional)
What to Do:
First, you’ll need to clean the wine bottle thoroughly. You really don’t want there to be residual wine left in there when you start putting the lights in there, as it will be sticky and a potential mess. Take your time and clean it really well. It doesn’t need to be completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Drilling a hole in the wine bottle isn’t as hard as you might expect, if you have the right bit. The diamond drill bit that we used cost about $7 at the local hardware store and it worked like a dream. The important thing to remember here is to keep the bottle under running water as you drill the hole to prevent breakage and cracking. The easiest way to do this involved setting the bottle in the sink at an angle so that the bottom is actually closer to the top, where the drill can reach it without getting in the water itself. Lean the bottle against the edges of the sink for stability.
Now you need to let the bottle dry completely. While the BrightTouch lights are completely waterproof, you don’t want to deal with the bulbs getting stuck on the inside while you are putting them inside. Set your towel out as a work surface and take this time to unwind your lights as it will be easier to work with them that way.
Once dry, start adding the lights. It’s easiest to start by wrapping a length of the lights around two fingers to make them spiral slightly. Then just thread them a little at a time into the bottle.
When you are about a third of the way in, turn the bottle upside down and tap it on the towel. This will help the lights feed in better and fill the entire bottle, instead of just being bunched up at the bottom.
Continue to thread the lights up in the hole. The hole itself should not be very sharp, but I still took precautions around it to prevent damage to the lights and to my fingers. Neither were damaged in the process because, as I said, the hole’s edges just aren’t sharp.
Every little bit, make sure that you take a moment and tap the upside down bottle on the towel before continuing to thread the lights inside.
Once you have all of the lights inside, take a small piece of tape and tape up the hole just so that the lights don’t easily get pulled out. The black cord part of the lights should be outside the bottle completely.
Turn your bottle right side up and finish decorating it. To do this bottle, I took a short length of glittery ribbon and measured it around the top and used a hot glue gun to glue it together. After turning it inside right, I slipped it on the neck and was done. You can tie a ribbon there, or add flowers or other notions to decorate the bottle further. How far you go is up to you!
Viola, you’re done! What’s left is to find a place to plug it in. Because it doesn’t get hot, you can put it just about anywhere, and because it is USB powered, it is perfect near computers, TVs or other USB powered goods. Easy, beautiful, and totally unique! You can’t get much cooler than that!