DIY Candle Holder From Alcohol Bottles

candlesticks burning in alcohol bottles

Did you know you can repurpose your old alcohol bottles as candlestick holders? It looks classy and vintage-y all at the same time. I love it!

Save your wine, whiskey, beer, and vodka bottles. You don’t even have to take the label off. It’s a nice way to upcycle glass since it generally takes longer for them to get recycled anyway. If you could reuse them, why not? Especially if you’re adding some oomph to your living room, man cave, patio, or wherever.

There’s actually a cute Italian restaurant in my hometown that uses their old wine bottles to make these, which is where I got the idea. I’ve always loved that they place a bottle at each table to give it a romantic element.

Want to make your own? Grab the supplies and follow the steps below.

alcohol bottle candlestick holder supplies

Candlestick holder supplies

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  • scissors
  • candlesticks
  • alcohol bottles with a 3/4 inch (in diameter) mouth

Tip: if you don’t have any bottles sitting around and you don’t want to finish the last bottle of [insert preferred alcoholic beverage] you can always order empty wine bottles.

Note: Larceny bottles don’t work for this craft. I found that out after taking the supplies picture. However, most wine, whiskey, and beer bottles will work.

candlestick in glass bottle

Step 1: size your candlesticks

Adding the candlesticks to the bottle as is can be a bad idea. It makes the bottle top-heavy and it can topple over.

I recommend breaking or cutting your candles to keep them from extending too high above the bottle top.

I like to stick the candlestick in upside down (wick inside the bottle) to see which point on the candlestick is thick enough for it to fit in the bottle opening. Then, I break it a bit lower than that area.

You can also use scissors or a knife to shape the top of the candle if you had to break it toward the bottom and can’t use the original top.

So break your candlestick and wedge it into the bottle opening.

diy candlestick holder from alcohol bottles

Step 2: light the candle

Yep, it’s that easy. when your candle is secure in the bottle and you’re sure it won’t fall out, go ahead and light it.

Wax will drip down the side of the bottle and possibly onto the surface it’s sitting on, so I recommend setting them on a plate or some other base to catch the wax.

candlestick wax dripping

You know, these would be great for events like weddings or banquets. They make beautiful centerpieces!

I’d love to get your thoughts! Have you tried this before? If you made one, where would you put it?

Happy crafting!

7 thoughts on “DIY Candle Holder From Alcohol Bottles

  1. So pretty!! When I was younger my mom had colored taper candles in bottles. She’d let the wax run down the bottle then use a different color. It was so pretty!

  2. I love this idea and I do it as well…my only thought is that the link you use for the candles is for a dripless variety?

    • Awesome, it’s such a nice addition to tables as a centerpiece or just to add mood lighting. How do you use yours?

      Sure, that’s a great question. I added the dripless ones just in case people don’t want wax on their tables. That can be a mess to clean up. I use dripless sometimes, depending on where I place them in the house.

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  4. No cuts or trimming needed. Just get a small butane torch. 3 bucks at a hardware store. Melt the bottom of the candle while rotating it. Then shove it in the bottle. Use the torch to smooth out the wax tha will protrude around the bottle mouth. It will melt to cover the threads of a whiskey bottle nicely.

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