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.
Candlestick holder supplies
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- 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.
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.
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.
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?