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Cork-y and Bright: How to Make Your Own Bottle Lights

Bottle lights have become increasingly popular, and more businesses are offering kits and tools to create them yourself. It’s not just that cork lights can make people happy and brighten up a room; it’s also that they’re ridiculously simple to make and can be done by anyone. Whether you hang them from the ceiling or scatter them around the room, these cork bottle lights will add light and life wherever you place them! Take a look at these steps for help getting started.

Start by cleaning the bottles with water, dish soap and a green scrubber. Cleaning the bottle in this way gets rid of any annoying labels or grime that may have accumulated there. The next step is to collect all of the supplies you’ll need. You may want to keep a few extra pieces of cork on hand in case you make more than one light. You will also need super led lights, silicone sealant, and a drill. Cut the strips of cork about 1 inch wide and 6 inches long. Apply a generous amount of silicone sealant to the bottom edge of each strip where it touches the bottle neck. Place the strip across the mouth of your bottle so that when you place it on top, it will be flush with both sides and not protruding past either side. Gently press down on the strip so that it is secure. Drill four holes through the cork from the top side of the bottle into the liquid below. To allow enough room for your wiring and switch, one hole should be directly across from another.

The goal is to leave just enough room for the wire from the LED strip to fit through without falling out. Once you’ve made a hole large enough for the wire, poke one end of the wire into the hole until about an inch remains on either side of the bottle. Then wrap some electrical tape around both ends of the wire until it’s secure and sealed tightly inside. Next, take another piece of electrical tape and place it across where there are two wires protruding from one end. Stretch your LED strip lengthwise down the length of the cork before securing it with more pieces of tape on top of this piece of electrical tape. Finally, thread the unused end of the wire back through the bottle and tape it off. Viola: You now have a lovely set of cork-bottle lights that will elegantly illuminate any room!

Buying a kit is probably the easiest way for beginners. However, if you are crafty enough to make your own wine bottle into a lampshade, then there are lots of different projects out there that will be perfect for you.

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