Wine Bottle Votive Lantern

Garden mood lighting is a category that I completely forgot about until we started updating our patio and seating areas this year.  A few of these lovely lanterns with candles (I like battery powered ones) make a soft friendly flickering light that encourages relaxing and visiting.  I’ve also made a few for friends to take to their parties as hostess gifts.  These are made with fired on decals for an additional garden feel.  You could use colored wine bottles for a more rainbow effect.

Materials needed:

Cut wine bottle

Copper Foil (optional)

Heavy stiff wire – copper, steel or stainless steel.  I’m using stainless steel in the photos.

smaller bottle for votive holder

votive, either wax or battery


Chain and split ring

Step 1:

Make sure your small bottle will a.  hold the votive, and b.  fit inside the larger bottle:

Step 2:

Bend wire in half to create a loop, the loop needs to be large enough it will not slip through the bottle neck.  This will become the hanging loop for the lantern insert.

Step 3:  Creating the lantern insert:

Put the wire back into the bottle and mark where you would like the small bottle to be suspended inside the lantern:

Add lantern assembly to the wine bottle:

Step 4:  Add hanging chain

Step 5:  Add copper foil to the cut edge of the bottle (optional)

Finished! Slide the bottle up the chain to light candle.

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