DIY: Wine Bottle Candles

by lisa on December 30, 2012 · 9 comments

threeRecently I was challenged by The Wine Bar to think outside the bottle and come up with some creative ideas for empty wine bottles.  Crafty I am not, but since this project involved drinking some wine first, I didn’t think it would be a problem.

First I rounded up some empty wine bottles. It wasn’t hard since it is holiday time. Just remove the labels and scrub them in a sink full of hot soapy water.  Let them dry and they are ready to be transformed.


Next I bought some silver spray paint. My sweet husband made this bottle stand holder for me. Basically, it is two pieces of wood with a bolt placed through a hole in the wood. This makes it much easier to stand up the bottle while spray painting it.  If you can’t make one, that is not a problem. You can always set the bottle on newspaper and spray paint it from there. You will have to turn it around a few times after it dries to make sure the whole bottle is covered.

collage wine

Next I spray painted the bottle. Make sure  to be 10 to 12 inches away and spray lightly to avoid dripping. You will need to do multiple light coats. The bottle needs to dry. This only took about a half hour.


After the bottle was set and dry, I  tied on some festive ribbon and inserted some cork candles. In just a few simple steps, you have some very cool wine bottle candles.

one candle

If I can do this, anyone can. If you are having a party for New Year’s eve, do something fun with the empty bottles. Even though the holidays are over, the bottles would make a great table decor for Valentines Day. You could really get creative and do some fun winter wonderland ones too. The great part is that you pick the paint to match your decor.

And if you are having a New Year’s eve party, how about matching up your snacks with the right wine?  I just couldn’t write a post without mentioning food. Check out this snack pairing guide from The Wine Bar Facebook page.


If you like wine and want to know more about it, check out and Like  The Wine Bar on Facebook.  They are a great online community of wine lovers.


I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! And don’t forget to save some wine bottles for a cool project in the new year.


***For full disclosure, I was provided with  free goodies and a gift card by The Wine Bar to make these wine bottle candles. As usual, all opinions are my own.




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Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Very cute idea Lisa!


Stef January 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Looks like a fun, easy way to make some nice decorations!


Ramona January 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I like your idea.

I’ve been using them and any glass for making glass mulch in my flower bed.
I wish I could find a bar close by that has a lot of them.


Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Those came out SO good. They are very creative and would make great gifts, too!!


Liz January 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

You’re a great cook AND crafty? Somehow I didn’t get that second gene! Loving your candle holders…I’m certain my spray paint job would not be so perfect 😉 The cork candles are a cute touch, too.


patsy January 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I love this idea! Such a fun way to reuse those empty wine bottles!


Christine (Cook the Story) January 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

Lisa, These are so so so beautiful. I’ve seen wine bottle candles before but none like these. I’m bookmarking this page so that I can make these as gifts for friends for Christmas next year. Thanks for the inpiration!


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