February 22, 2013

How to Drill a Hole in a Wine Bottle

...Or should I say "drilling Hell" not hole?

I needed something to do while waiting for the gel stain to dry on the legs of my ottoman (which has been a total nightmare and I'm considering stripping it and starting all over again).  So I set aside a little time to work on a neat project..."little time" being the key words here.

I found several decorative wine bottles with mini Christmas light strings inside them on Pinterest.  I loved most of them and there were so many cute ideas so I wanted to make one of my own. 

I knew that I didn't want the cord to simply go through the top of the bottle, I wanted it to be like a "real" lamp with the cord through the bottom.  So I started reading about drilling through glass, which happens to be the same way you drill through tile.  Who knew?

There's even a nifty little drill bit for it.

 
I was prepared for 30 minutes of steady drilling because I had read that it may take that long...I was not however, prepared for an hour!!!  Yes, I said an hour of steady drilling, well maybe I took a 5 minute break, but that was it.

Let's back up............


If you're interested in drilling a hole in a wine bottle, this is what you'll need:
  • 5/16 inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • Gloves & goggles
  • Duct tape
  • Wine bottle

The tape is to give ya some traction when you first start to drill, otherwise your drill bit will slide all over the bottle.  I kept mine on the entire time I was drilling, it made me at least feel a little more secure that I wasn't going to crack the bottle, although I'm not sure it matters either way.


This is how it looked after about 15 minutes of drilling on medium speed:


And this is after 30 minutes, it finally made it "through" the glass but I was having serious doubts as to whether I wanted to continue, my hands and arms were killin' me:


This is how it looked after 45 minutes, still not big enough for a cord so I continued onward but I found new hope that it was actually going to work:


Thank the good Lord Almighty!  I did it!  A hole!


I'm so excited that I can now get creative with my purdy wine bottle.

A few pointers, apply zero pressure, the weight of the drill resting on the bottle is more than enough pressure.  Think of this as carving, you are s.l.o.w.l.y. carving a hole through the glass, not drilling.  Keep the drill bit in the same position the entire time, don't "wiggle" it around.  Be patient.  It's going to take a while and the thicker the glass the longer it will take.  If you force the drill into the glass you risk breaking whatever glass your drilling the hole into.

Now, I can start the fun part of decorating the bottle, yee haw!  I'm sure it will be worth all the effort when I'm done, but I'm dreading doing the next bottle, maybe the hubs will volunteer?



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52 comments:

  1. I wanted to try this once but never did. After reading how long it takes, I probably will give up the idea. I've read about the same being done with old canning jars to make lamps from them.

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    1. I hear ya girl...but it will be worth it when I finish the bottle, at least I learned a "new thing". I couldn't imagine making a mason jar chandelier! OMG! Have a great day.

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    2. I have drilled holes in bottles for years, I use masonary (concret bits), it usually takes about 10-15 min. also, while drilling, every little bit squirt oil (3-in one oil etc) in the hole, this protects the drill bit.

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  2. Looks like a delicate operation done well :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thank you Sarah and thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I had no idea it took so long to drill a hole in wine bottle...but it makes sense, now that I think about it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~Tracey

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    1. I know right? Thanks for stopping by Tracey, have a great evening.

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  4. I did not have a clue that it would be so incredibly tedious to drill a hole in a bottle. I hope you have a fantastic project in mind for it. Thanks for the tutorial. My husband is breathing a sigh of relief behind me as i discard the idea of drilling a hole in a bottle!

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    1. I do have a great project in mind and of course, will share it when I've completed it. :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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  5. Good info! I think there must be a lot of good uses for doing this to a wine bottle. Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    Lisa

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    1. Thanks Lisa and thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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  6. Wow, I'd thought about doing this, too, but I think my hands would cramp after 10 minutes. Plus, I'd be worried about burning out the motor on my husband's drill. Mason jar chandelier? Nope, I definitely don't have the patience for that.

    But it's a great project for people who aren't as lazy as I am, and I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party.
    http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party-9/

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    1. Katie, you can always take breaks, I had to because there is NO WAY I could do that for a solid hour! The drill handled it well, I guess that would depend on the quality of the drill, if it's a good one it shouldn't burn it up. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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  7. wow that is a great tutorial, I think will for sure be using that tut and make my own bottles, it would be great to use on a larger bottle and make a lamp out of, so many cool things, thanks

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    1. Thanks Phyllis and thanks for stopping by today! I actually have a wine bottle lamp on top of my refrigerator I bought from a lady on etsy, she made them from the larger wine bottles. I love it. And that's when I started to get ideas of what to do with our wine bottles. Have a great day!

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  8. Great Idea! I love those wine bottles with lights in them! I found you on What'd You Do This Weekend!

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    1. Thanks Chandra and thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

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  9. Aha! The secret is duct tape!
    Who would have thought?
    Thanks for sharing!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Hi Crystelle thanks for stopping by. I rarely use duct tape, we actually bought that roll to use it on...guess...an air duct...lol. But it sure did the trick on the wine bottle. Have a great day.

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  10. Oh my, you have more patience than I do. Great job! -Brenda-

    P.S: IF every contemplating on cutting a bottle ... web search: recyclart.org and follow the link under DIY Easy Way(s) To Cut A Glass Bottle. The page includes two different methods of doing it.

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    1. Thank you Mrs. Ben and thanks for stopping by! I've seen some crazy ways to cut bottles...none of which I'm brave enough to try so I will check out your link. Thanks again and have a nice day.

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  11. I saw these wine bottles in a shop and wanted to try it to. You have given me inspiration that I can do it. I have to buy a new drill. I burned up my old one putting holes in books to make a lamp base. The used book store for the library won't sell me books anymore because I destroy them. I just wanted pretty covers!

    Thank you for sharing with on Tumbleweed Contessa's What'd You Do This Weekend? Come back oftn. Let me know how the ottoman turns out!

    The Contessa (Linda)

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    1. Wow, the book lamp base sounds like a great idea! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

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  12. I have seen so many adorable bottle lamps but the drilling part always makes me uneasy. Glad to see you did it, not so glad to hear how long it took...

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    1. I was a little leery too, envisioning shards of glass whizzing through the air and stabbing me all over, but it went well. I'm hoping that the next one goes faster, if I do another one. Thanks for stopping by and have a good evening.

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  13. Wow! I wouldn't have thought it would take that long! I tried to cut a bottle in half with nail polish remover and yarn. When I pulled it out of the cold water it didn't split in half! In fact, I think it laughed at me! It was a Welch's Sparkling grape juice bottle. Which are ridiculously thick!
    Maybe I won't tell my husband about this post next time I get the notion to repurpose a bottle...hehehe

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    1. LOL, I actually found a way to cut a bottle that if I ever do it, I will try this method: http://blog.makezine.com/2010/03/08/how-to-cut-a-wine-bottle-in-30-seco/ There's so many different methods but they all had a "down side" to them...this one looks to be the best so far.

      Thanks for stopping by Jenny and have a great night.

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    2. I will try that! Thanks Audrey

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  14. This is awesome! My next thing on my list are power tools...Thanks so much for linking. I can see many purpose for this one!
    XO

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    1. Thanks Isabelle and thanks for stopping by today, have a good one!

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  15. Wow, you have more patience than I ever would! I drilled holes in glass blocks for lights (before discovering Hobby Lobby's pre cut ones, and a 50% off coupon, doh!) Anyway, I used a different bit that worked quite a bit faster (15 mins ish) - I got it on ebay, I can't remember the seller's name, but I'm sure you could find it if you searched for glass drilling bits. He also provides free guides for cutting glass, ceramic, etc. Anyway - it's shaped differently - kind of cylindrical. I put the block in a wash tub of water (water cooling is necessary) and went to town. I've also heard that you can make a little 'well' for water with plumbers putty. Good luck with your next ones, maybe they will go faster :-)

    Patty

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    1. Thanks Patty! I will definitely look into that! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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  16. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  17. Hey, Audrey, How did you know I wanted to do this project also? I think I'll settle for mine coming out the top of the bottle, though. ONE HOUR OF DRILLING? I once paid a glass place $4. a mason jar to drill a hole in. I had 12 or so bottles because my sister and I saw this nifty light in a mason jar and we wanted to do it. It was a candle like the ones in the window at Christmas. Well, the initial project we saw in a gift shop but we were too cheap to buy it (WE CAN MAKE THAT). Well, I spend over $40. just to have the holes drilled and then I bought all the candles. There were dried rose hips on the inside of the mason jar and we had to buy those. It was one expensive project but we ended up with a lot of them. Anyway, would you be willing to share this at What to do Weekends? I'd love that. Following you on several platforms also. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/what-to-do-weekends-7.html

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    1. Thanks Linda and thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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  18. Ok seriously you are beyond brave. I love this project. You have the patience of a saint. It was well worth it. I would love it if you would share this inspirational post at our WIW Linky Party. It's still open. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Paula and thanks for stopping by! I will check out your blog, have a great weekend.

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  19. Hi there - Thanks for sharing! I am your neighbor at the Pinterest party. I am now following via GFC. I hope you come over and check out my blog too. www.mendezmanor.com

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    1. Thanks Nicole, I'll check it out :) Have a great weekend.

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  20. Wow, glad you finally got that hole drilled! It looks perfect now. :) Thanks for the awesome tips, too! Thank you so much for sharing at a Bouquet of Talent!
    Have a wonderful day!!
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day too. :)

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  21. Hi, Audrey, great minds think alike! I was just editing some video for my next YouTube video, drilling ceramic (it's the same for glass). I know NOW is not the time to share this tid-bit but here's what you need to know about drilling glass...Diamonds are a girls best friend! :) I cast those tile bits aside the very first time I used them. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and couldn't handle the pain and numbing...it takes way too long. If you use a diamond bit it'll "only" take about 10-15 minutes to drill one hole. They're pricey, about $15 per bit but if you plan to do a lot of drilling in glass or ceramic they are totally worth it. Good luck!

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  22. Now that's commitment! One hour...you sure have patience! But, I imagine it will be worth it in the end.
    Saw you linking at Life on Lakeshore Drive.
    Debbie :)

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  23. I remember doing this with the larger size mason jar, I had wanted to drill a hole and my husband found one which will go through glass, your right the thicker the glass, steady she goes...:)

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  24. Wow -- the patience of a saint! And patience I do not have. :-) Can't wait to see the finished project. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  25. You have more patience than I do! LOL Well done. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  26. Awesome job. This seems quite intimidating to me!

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  27. I actually didn't know that I would be able to do it with the drill I already have--so despite the fears of breaking the glass and being unable to continue for 45 minutes, I'm encouraged that I might actually be able to pull this off! (By the way, my coworker made us all the wine bottles with Christmas lights and the "real" cord out the back last year...I think it will be worth your time!)

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  28. Very interesting! Can't wait to see what you make with it!

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  29. No way! That is so cool, but boy does that take a while! You should be done by Christmas ;)
    Thanks you so much for coming by the party!!

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  30. can i see your finished product after you drilled the hole in the wine bottle. you have me curious. thanks, beverly.

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