So, about six months ago while browsing through a Pottery Barn catalog I spotted their wine bottle chandelier. It was safe to say it was love at first sight…. However, the nearly $400 price tag was a little over our meek budget… What’s a girl to do? The answer: Make it herself
(with her awesome boyfriend’s help!)
Here’s Pottery Barn’s GORGEOUS Wine Bottle Chandelier that I am so in love with.
Ok, here’s the part where Brandon interjects and explains he made it with some of my help, but it was my idea, so we both get some credit, right?
Isn’t the finished project pretty sweet?!
To begin, we collected a bunch of wine bottles from the restaurant where I work and soaked them in hot, soapy water to remove the labels. After removing most of the label we finished them up with some Goof Off to make sure there was no sticky residue.
Next, we gathered up the tools we were going to need:
1.) A jigsaw to cut out larger portions of the frame
2.) A drill and drill bits for the holes (may vary based on bottle size) we used 1 1/8″ and 1 1/4″ for where the bottles would go, and a 3/8″ for the hole for the light kit.
3.) A tape measure
4.) A fine-point sharpie
5.) Sand paper
6.) Sanding file (the metal file for heavy duty sanding)
7.) Retaining ring pliers to attach the rotor clip rings (AKA retaining rings)
8.) A 12-18″ piece of string
Next, we purchased the supplies we needed:
1.) An 18″ round pine stool topper (around $20 or so at Lowes or Home Depot)
2.) A Lowe’s light kit (around $5-$15 at Lowes or Home Depot)
3.) Eye-bolts to attach the chains to (we used 3)
4.) Chain to hang the chandelier (we had extra on hand from another fixture)
5.) A Ceiling medallion with a center ring to attach the chain (ours was around $5 at Lowes)
6.) 1 1/8″ rotor clip rings (enough for 1 per bottle–we ordered 25 for around $4) found at MCMASTER.com— search for “external retaining rings”
7.) 1 light bulb
8.) Primer and paint (had both on hand)
Note: We also had to buy a box kit because we did not previously have a ceiling fixture, but this is not reflected in the overall price of the chandelier.
1.) To begin building your chandelier, measure pine topper to find the center. This is where you will be drilling the hole for your light kit, so be sure to measure twice and cut once!
2.) Place a nail, pencil, or anything with a point in the center and attach your sharpie to a piece of string that has been measured to the desired radius for the center of the holes that will house the wine bottles. Then, trace a large circle around the edge of the frame.
3.) Next, begin placing bottles around the edge of the wooden frame centered on the line you have just drawn. Note: it is safest to do this on carpet since the domino effect tends to occur and clearly wine bottles like to shatter into a million little pieces when they hit kitchen counters!
4.) Now that you are safely working on the soft floor, continue moving bottles around the edge until they are in the desired positions with as many bottles on the frame as possible. Because bottle size varies, no particular number is “correct”.
5.) Trace around a few bottles as they are placed upside down on the frame to get an idea for positioning. Once two or three are traced, remove all the bottles and only work with two bottles at a time, placing one bottle on the traced circle, and one next to it to be traced. This makes it go by a lot faster and saves you from breaking bottle after bottle.
6.) Now that everything is traced, measured, and ready to go, you can begin drilling. First, use a 1 1/4 inch drill bit to cut about 1/2 or 3/4 of the way through the pine frame. Careful not to go too deep because a smaller hole will be drilled within this hole to hold the bottle.
9.) Because the pine frame tended to splinter, a lot of sanding must be done before paint. I began by using the metal file to tackle the really rough stuff and to correct imperfections from the jigsaw.
10.) Next, I moved on to more refined sandpaper to prep it for paint.
11.) I applied a coat of latex primer (what I had on hand) and after it dried I applied three coats of leftover paint from our bedroom ceiling (Valspar’s Chocolate Pudding).
12.) Once it dried we screwed in three eye-bolts to hold the chains, being sure to center them around the frame so it is balanced when hung.
13.) Next, I installed the light kit by slipping it through the pre-drilled hole.
14.) I placed a bottle in each hole and used a rotor clip ring around the neck of each to hold it in place.
15.) Once secured, we added the chains and ran the wiring through the medallion to hang our fixture.
Note: Brandon wound up removing the bottles to hang it, but with two people to help you should be just fine leaving them attached.