How to make a custom candlelight lamp from a wine glass

Guestpost by Liz Gubernatis on Sep. 13th


A glass of wine by candlelight sounds awfully rom-com-romantic, doesn't it? How about a wine glass that IS the candlelight? If you're looking for wedding venue mood lighting, these could light up the bar, the piano, the stage, or whatever space you're using, AND would make for soft lit centerpieces on each table. After the wedding, they could set the mood for date night, or just bask in the warm glow on a Tuesday night with Netflix. Here's how to make a candlelight lamp from a wine glass.

Materials and Tools


Paper: tracing paper will let more light through, scrapbook paper will let less. Vellum is awesome.

Step 1: Print this template. Cut out.

print and cut out template

Step 2: Trace and cut out lampshade. Vellum is a great option for letting plenty of flickering light through, scrapbook paper is very pretty, and you can even alter the template in Photoshop or with GIMP before you print so that there's a pattern you can just cut out. Decorate to your heart's content.

trace and cut out lampshade

Step 3: Apply glue or tape to the top side of one short edge.

glue stick edge of one side

Overlap the edges of the lampshade as indicated and glue or tape down the flap.

press along edge to form shade

Step 4: Drop your candle into the wine glass and center it.

center the battery operated candle

Step 5: Top with your lampshade and turn out the lights.

finished wine glass lampshade


If you're using vellum or tracing papers, try to keep your glue or tape line straight, as it will show more on these papers.

You can use edging scissors to add a decorative edge to the bottom (or top, or both) of your lampshade.


  • Bookish Brides: If you can bear to sacrifice a few pages from a ruined book…
  • Music Lovers: sheet music is a perfect fit for these shades.
  • Zombiephiles: bleeding, bandaged, brainy shades FTW!
  • Foodies: Add wine labels or illuminate menu items with a glow.
  • Ladies of the Renn Faire: Use a bit of lace, or just create the look with a pair of edging scissors.

Your Turn!

Will you be making a little lampshade for your wine glass? Tell us how you'll make this project your own in the comments below.

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About Liz Gubernatis

Liz is a Pepsi addict who married her sword-wielding urban Viking (who probably inspired the “What’s in YOUR wallet?” commercials) on 1-1-11. Originally from Nebraska, she spent some time on the East Coast but left before it made her hard-hearted, landing back in the Midwest, where she thrives. She sews, paints, cooks, bakes, plays with paper, computers and cats, loves chocolate, peanut butter, and popcorn, and frequently purges her apartment to make room for more fabric, craft supplies, and projects to play with.