Ever since I was a kid, I have always liked the aesthetics of liquor bottles and some years ago I came up with the idea of making up some Christmas Tree lights based on miniature bottles of spirits.

That original light set broke, but recently it was remade and I have put them up tonight.

Being quite heavy, they can’t really be used on Xmas trees, so I tend to loop them over the curtain pole. Looks nice, although I then cannot close the curtains while they are in place. Not a problem unless it gets very cold, as it is erm expected to this weekend. Oops.

Bacchanalian Xmas Tree Lights - 4

Bacchanalian Xmas Tree Lights - 5

Bacchanalian Xmas Tree Lights - 1

Bacchanalian Xmas Tree Lights - 2

Bacchanalian Xmas Tree Lights - 3

If you want to make a set for yourself, the internal lighting is just an ordinary set of plain Christmas tree lights. Once the bottles are emptied – and you are presumably sobered up – the easiest way to fit the lights in the bottles is to use a pair of small scissors to cut the tin foil bottle cap almost in half.

Then nick the top a bit to create a hole for the electric wire.

Put the light into the bulb and fold the lid back over the bottle top and seal with plain ordinary sellotape. My original version used a more secure fitting, but if the bulb blows, then it is a right pain to change.

I quite like them.


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Article last updated: 15 December 2021 08:24


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  1. Jayne says:

    Oh, very clever and well made šŸ™‚

  2. Dazza says:

    You won’t find this on Blue Peter!!!
    What a great idea for recycling your old empties……

  3. David says:

    Great idea, just a shame that I have just found this blog šŸ™ I’ll have to wait until next year to try this out…

  4. rob smith (@grumpypostie) says:

    Are you sure they wont overheat carch fire and burn your house down ?

    • ianvisits says:

      They never did before, and as they are just ordinary xmas-tree lights, I cant see why they would be at any more risk of that than normal.

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