Transforming Wine Bottles Into Candles



For wine lovers, or for those who may have had one too many drinks, you probably have a few empty bottles of wine or alcohol around the house. Instead of throwing them away, you can breathe new life into these bottles by getting crafty with them.
Transforming these wine bottles into candles may be one project you might want to try.
Not only are you making treasures out of what you were about to throw away, you’re also going to end up with really decorative pieces you can use around the house or as a clever gift for a loved one. So, if you’re keen enough to try this project out, here’s how you can easily make wine bottle candles:


You will need:

  • 4-5 wine bottles, cleaned and with labels removed
  • String
  • Clear Nail polish
  • Lighter
  • Digital thermometer
  • Two large pots (or double boiler)
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  • Sandpaper
  • Soy wax enough for 4-5 candles
  • Wooden wicks or traditional wicks
  • Adhesive—glue gun, blue-tak or similar
  • Candle Fragrance and candle dye (optional)


  1. Start by coating the string with clear nail polish. Let it dry for a bit.
  2. Tie the string around each of the glass bottles and cut the extra string out
  3. Carefully set the string on fire until the glass is melted through and cut all the way around the string area. Extinguish the flame directly. It is suggested that you do this activity outdoors and far away from highly flammable objects
  4. Once the glass has cooled down, carefully smooth out the cut edges with a sand paper
  5. Use low heat to melt your soy wax in a double boiler
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  7. Once it melts, take the pot off the heat and allow the wax to cool down between (125 to 135 degrees F)
  8. Add in your essential oils or dyes at this stage and stir until you achieved the right fragrance or color hue.
  9. While the soy wax is cooling, prepare your wicks. Wicks usually come with metal tabs to sink through to the bottom of the wax. Center these wicks on the glass bottom and tie the other end of the wicks around wooden skewers for support. You can use hot glue gun of blu-tack to secure the wicks to the bottom as well.
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  11. Gently pour your melted wax on each glass containers and leave only about ¼ to ½ inch space at the top.
  12. Leave the wax to harden overnight.
  13. Trim the excess wick and decorate the glass containers with ribbons or leaves. Place a few glasses on a tray or a box to make a set and now you have the perfect shabby wine bottle candles to decorate or give away!