Wine Glass Lampshade Mood Lights

Wine Glass Lampshades Turn Wine Glasses into Romantic Tea Light Candleholders

Wine Glass Lampshades in Use

These easy-to-make wine glass lampshades make romantic little candle lamps. Set a few in a table centerpiece or on the mantel. Use wine glass lampshade mood lights for evening picnics or bridal parties.

The best wine glass proportions for this project are wine glasses with narrow bowls (typically white wine glasses) and large footprints. If the wine glass foot is too small in relation to the glass height, the mood light will look top heavy.

My wine glasses are 6 1/2 inches tall and have a 2 3/4-inch diameter foot.

Wine Glass Lampshade Trio

Wine Glass Lampshade Supplies

(for each wine glass lampshade mood light)

Wine Glass Lampshade Supplies

  • 1 wine glass
  • 1 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet of lightweight translucent vellum
  • Wine glass lampshade template
  • Scissors
  • Transparent tape
  • Sakura Pen-Touch  Medium Point (2 mm) white (felt tip) pen to draw your own designs on the wine glass lampshades
  • Delicate white stickers like the Stampendous snowflake sticker sheet used here
  • Glue runner
  • Battery tea light

Wine Glass Lampshade Directions

Wine Glass Lampshade Template

Click on template to open the PDF file in a new tab.  You can save it to your hard drive for future use or simply print it without saving the file as many times as you like.

Print template onto lightweight vellum. Cut inside the black line.

Fit the vellum wine glass lampshade onto your wine glass. You can adjust how high the lampshade will sit on the glass as well as  its slope. When you are happy with the look, secure the wine glass lampshade with a couple pieces of tape. Mark the top and bottom of the vellum lightly with pencil where the two ends overlap.

Wine Glass Lampshade: Find & Mark Shape

Lift your prototype lampshade off the glass. Remove the tape so that you can spread the lampshade flat to add any decorative touches.

If you are making more than one wine glass lampshade, print more sheets of vellum, cut and trace the markings from the prototype.


Cut off any excess vellum so that the lampshade seam will be less perceptible. Erase the pencil marks.

To decorate a wine glass lampshade with white ink, practice on scrap vellum to get a feel for how the marker flows and to work out your designs.

Wine Glass Lampshade: Practice DesignsFreeform wavy lines like this are easy and fast.

Wine Glass Lampshade: Draw Wavy Lines Freeform

The irregularity of overlap adds to the modern charm.

Wine Glass Lampshade: Use Ruler to Guide Straight Lines

For the hanging strands of pearls, I used a ruler as a guide.

Be careful not to smear the white ink while you work and allow a little time for each wine glass lampshade to dry before proceeding.

I love the way the white ink flows onto vellum and gives an embossed look.

Wine Glass Lampshade Using Snowflake Stickers

Delicate lacy snowflake stickers are easy to apply and need no drying time.

When your wine glass lampshades are ready, run glue on the overlap of each and press the vellum into lampshade shape.

To use: turn on battery operated tea light; place it in wine glass; and put wine glass lampshade in place.

Wine Glass Lampshades in Use


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  1. How clever! I love this idea, especially as a cute gift to give to the hostess for holiday parties.

    • Eileen Bergen says:

      Good suggestion, Cherie. You could draw their monogram instead of something abstract to make the lampshades extra special. Thanks for the idea.

  2. The vellum is the coolest idea I have seen. I was just writing to my mom when your message popped up about the tea light article. She loves the vellum idea best. I had sent her earlier a wine glass candle holder done with craft paper.

    And I like how you can customize your design. And you took any fail out of this project by reminding us of the correct dimensions to select for the vino glass.

    Thank you Eileen.

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