How many times have you stumbled out of bed in the middle of the night to have a drink or go to the bathroom and bumped your toes and shins on door jambs and furniture because you do not want to turn on the light as this will wake you up completely? That is why most people are installing night lights, to find their way in the dark without too much glare.
There are many commercial models of night lights that you can find in the hardware store. But why buy when you can make one from an empty wine bottle, Christmas lights and some tools? Below are the steps.
- Choose the wine bottles that you want to use for your project. Colored bottles will work nicely with plain lights, while clear bottles will show off the different colors of Christmas lights. You can also add decoration on the body of clear wine bottles. To make decorating easier, there are some craft paints that you can use on glass
without the need to place the bottles in the oven to set the paints.
You can get them at an arts and crafts store. Decide on your design and
colors and decorate the bottles first. Allow the paints to dry
thoroughly before you continue working.
- Wash the wine bottles thoroughly to remove any traces of alcohol. Allow them to dry naturally and completely before you use them. Placing them out in the sun will speed the drying process.
- Find the shortest strings of Christmas lights available. You need about 30 lights for each wine bottle. Be sure to check out the lights before you use them. There are Christmas lights that will continue to function even if some bulbs are burned out. Some will not function though until you have replaced the bulb.
- Work on a table with firm legs and spread old towels over the work area. This will hold the bottle steady as you work.
- Drill a hole. Place a folded towel underneath the bottle you are working on. Use an electric drill and a glass drill bit to bore a hole on the side, near the bottom of the bottle. The hole should be at least one-fourth inch in diameter.
- Clean out the inside of the bottle to remove the dust from the drilling. If you are using clear bottles and you plan to add decoration to it like paint a design on the bottle, prepare the glass first by rubbing the surface with denatured alcohol or strong vinegar. Wipe the bottles dry after a few minutes. This step will allow the paint to adhere to the glass better.
- Invert the bottle and insert the Christmas light bulbs one by one. Inverting the bottle will ensure that the light bulbs are distributed better inside the bottle.
- Insert the plug into the power outlet to see if the Christmas lights are working. Continue the process with the other bottles.
- Display the wine bottle night lights in areas in your house where these will be needed. You can also use these wine bottle night lights as decoration during the holidays and other festive occasions where the night lights will provide gentle and subtle illumination to set the mood.
- Do not put caps on the bottles so that the heat from the Christmas lights will not be trapped inside.
Use LED Christmas lights, which are energy savers and do not heat that much even if left on for a long time. Green, blue, yellow, and red lights are nice colors to use. You can attach timers to these wine bottle night lights so that they will automatically shut off during the day and turn on after dark.