Filling bottles to the brim with lights!

March 10, 2015

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Planning to fill a glass bottle and really want to STUFF it full of lights?

These bottles are great examples of using 35 to 40 lights inside of a bottle. This number of lights was accomplished but using a single string of crafts lights that have 35 lights on a string or doubling up with 2 strings of 20’s.

If you are about to take on a project stuffing lights into bottles keep some of the following tips in mind:

1. Tailor the selection of light color to the bottle type you are using, an upcoming event, a favorite sports team or your home decor. In addition to classic white, think outside of the box and try orange, blue or red – especially when working with clear bottles.

2. For a traditional wine bottle, we don’t suggest you exceed 20 lights – these photos are of larger bottles. Traditional incandescent mini lights will warm up during operation and if the container is too small, heat will build up. Built-up heat will reduce the lifespan of the lights and might heat up the bottle.

If you really want to over-stuff a smaller bottle, consider using LED craft lights. They don’t heat up during operation.

3. Don’t cap off your bottles. Be sure to leave it open to allow heat to escape.

4. Be sure to operate the bottles only under supervision. If projects contain traditional lights and will be sold, consider adding a label that advises that bottles be used under supervision and they not be placed on “heat sensitive” surfaces. (Surfaces like antiques.)

Above all, have fun and enjoy this selection of lit bottle samples! I hope you find them inspiring.  You can find craft lights with 10, 15, 20, and 25 lights to the string by clicking here.


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Shellie Gardner
Aside from throwing dinner parties that feature at least two kinds of cheese dip, Shellie's passions include travel, Mid-Century Modern furnishings and finding the perfect street taco. Has been known to snort laugh champagne.

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