Monday, January 14, 2013

Clear Stone Art Lighted Bottle

Beautiful Lighted Bottle

Last week I saw on Pinterest a piece of inspiration that unfortunately was image linked to a website but was just that an image. (That can be such a bummer sometimes). Well I looked at the picture, remembered that I had all those materials right here in my craft area, and what better thing to do with them but to make a tutorial for you.  So I pulled out my glue gun and went to town. I make lighted bottles and sell them at craft fairs however I am not sure if I can make these to sell. One I think I would fall in love with each and every one that I made. But the real reason is because it took me over 9 hours to do and that is minus the breaks I took. It was a long but very rewarding day. 

All you need is an empty glass bottle with a pre-drilled hole. A small strand of Christmas Lights. Between 100-150 mixed clear and colored stones. You can find these stones in the floral or candle isles in your local craft and hobby stores. Then I also used my handy dandy hot glue gun and roughly between 5-7 glue sticks. If you have a 2 setting hot glue gun use the hottest setting. 

 So the first thing I did was take a small handful of my smallest stones and glued them around the top most part of the outside of the bottle. This will give you a nice even flow into the rest of your bottle. From there I would test a few stones to make sure they would fit in properly and then I would glue them into place. I did this all the way down the bottle. I laid the red stones out sporadically and then placed 3 different sizes of clear stones to break up the flow and give it a bit of visual texture. 

* Special Note * When gluing the stones down make sure that there are no air spot between where the stones touch the glass. Although try not to let to much squeeze out the sides either. If you do I found it best to take a toothpick or a paperclip and clear that away. This will give you a nice, clean finished appearance. 

When you reach the bottom make sure you are testing each stone to make sure it fits properly and to not over extend the bottom of the bottle. I made sure that my stones were about 1/16th of an inch above the bottom brim line , by doing so you will ensure that the bottle will stand flat on the table or counter. Also when you are placing the lights around the back by the hole make sure you don't overlap the hole, otherwise you might not be able to get the lights in the bottle.                                        
After all your stones are in place you can then put your lights in through the bottom hole. Set the bottle on your counter plug it in and the lights will bounce through the stones  projecting parts of the shapes and colors anywhere near it. 

I can't wait to pick up more stones and all different colors. These would make awesome center pieces at events and even in your own home. This one is displayed proudly on my shelf in my craft area. I really love bottle art. I would love to hear what you do with your empty  bottles. 

Happy Crafting,


  1. I have a question. I have plenty of wine bottles to use for something like this. Only thing is, how do you drill a hole into it for stringing the lights through?

    1. you need to use what is called a diamond hole saw tip to go on your cordless power drill, You will have to drill the hole while the bottle is submerged in water. I also have the water running over the part that I am drilling to keep water flushing over it. This process helps not break or crack the bottle while drilling through it. It acts as a lubricant

  2. I did one of these as a Christmas gift.. (you can see it here: aren't they awesome?? I love that you used some bigger/wider stones.. I don't think I have seen any of them. Funny you started from the top and I started from the bottom :) either way- looks great stopping in from southern lovely & newly following


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