We love filling bottles and glass bricks with lights.
These bottles are great examples of using 35 to 40 lights inside of a larger liquor 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.
1. Tailor the selection of light color to the bottle type you are using, an upcoming event, a favorite sports team or 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 traditional 750 ml wine bottles, don’t exceed 20 glass bulbs. The photos above 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 reduces the lifespan of the lights and might heat up the bottle.
Consider using LED craft lights if your goal is to “overfill” bottles. They don’t heat up during operation and make a better choice for densely lit projects.
3. Don’t cap off bottles. Leave it open to allow heat to escape.
4. Be sure to operate the bottles 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.