Last Christmas I made some fabulous illuminated bottle lights for my home. I loved them so much I thought why not make some DIY Halloween lights too.
You can use any old bottles for this craft as long as they are clear glass. I like bottles in a different of sizes so I used a variety of bottles from different drinks.
It also gave me an excuse to finish the small amounts of gin I had in the cocktail cupboards. Why is it that gin is always in the best bottles?
Scary Upcycled Bottle Lights For Halloween
What makes this craft is those very affordable cork lights that you can get from either the internet or your local dollar/pound store. These handy little lights enable you to make DIY Halloween lights in bottles without having to drill into any glass.
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What You Need To Make Bottle Halloween Lights
- Old clear bottles in a variety of shapes and sizes. I used a mixture of gin and juice bottles.
- Halloween shaped stickers, silhouettes or die cuts.
- If using die-cut shapes and not stickers you will need some kind of temporary spray adhesive.
- Black spray paint
- Orange spray paint
- Cork wine bottle lights
How To Make DIY Halloween Lights in Bottles1. The first thing to do is to remove any lables from the bottles you are going to use. I find that if I soak the bottles in hot soapy water for about half an hour most labels simply then peal off.
If after soaking you are still left with a sticky residue where the label was. Either scrub this with a scourer or you can get a special sticky label remover.
2. Next, dry the bottles and then choose what silhouettes you want for the DIY Halloween lights on each bottle. Stick the Halloween stickers or die cuts onto the bottles. If you do use glue for this then make sure you use a repositional/temporary adhesive.
3. Then spray paint the bottle either black or Halloween orange. I painted a few bottles black and a few bottles orange so I ended up with enough bottle lights for a Halloween light display.
4. Finally, once the paint has dried carefully peel away the Halloween shapes. Then all that is left to do is to pop one of the cork lights into the top of each bottle.
I love the way the lights shine through the Halloween silhouette. You can easily create a fun DIY Halloween lights display for your mantle by using a variety of bottle shapes in both orange and black.
These DIY Halloween lights really are at their best on the dark nights when the tiny fairy lights inside the bottles shine through the scary Halloween shapes.
The cork lights are very easy to use, they just have a simple on-off switch on the top You can buy the string lights in various lengths and can even get rechargeable ones.
If you still have the original corks from your old wine bottles, save them for another fun Halloween craft. They can be turned into spooky Halloween wine cork Characters to hang in a garland.
- An assortment of old clear bottles.
- Montana Gold Black Spray paint
- Montana Gold Orange Spray Paint
- Repositional adhesive
- Halloween shaped die cuts
- Cork lights
- Soak the empty bottles in hot water to remove all labels
- Stick the Halloween die cuts to the bottles.
- Spray paint each bottle either black or orange
- Once the paint is dry remove the Halloween die cuts
- Insert cork string lights into the top of each bottle.
It's the cork string lights that make this project. By using these lights there is no need to drill into the glass bottles. You can use this method to make illuminated bottles for other holidays, such as Christmas and Valentines.
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If you want something a bit different for Halloween instead of the usual orange and black colors, then check out this illuminated pink neon DIY skull decor. These Halloween bottles featured under B in the A to Z of upcycling.
There are some lovely vintage skeleton pictures to download here. If you liked these bottles’ lights don’t forget to check out some of my other illuminated crafts and DIYs.
Or if you are looking for more Halloween & Fall crafts then check out these.
- Cute Halloween Treat Bags
- DIY Light-Up Pumpkin
- Pine Cones Fall Mason Jars
- Free Vintage Halloween Postcards
- The Best Acorn Wreaths & Garlands
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