Introduction: Recycled Bottle Lamps (Multiple)

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I would like to share one of my favorite projects how to make a bottle lamp. You do have to invest about $15  for a diamond bit, but the bottle lamps can be made for less than $10 and they make amazing gifts or sold for a profit at craft shows and Etsy shops.
Before we start i made this instructables to thank my first 100 subscribers i got featured twice and won a contest i couldn't have done it with out you guys thanks so much now enjoy your instructable

Step 1: Overview

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Theres lots of ways to make that special lamp of yours. heres a few ideas of what can be accomplished with a little creativity and a well explained instructables like this one ;)

Step 2: Lamp Type #1

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This will be the first way/style of lamp you can build easily 

STYLE #1 Recycled Lamp 

Tools And Supplies
  • Old Lamp (Working)
  • Empty Bottle
  • Drill or drill press
  • Diamond glass bits
  • Heat shrink tubbing
  • Needle nose pliers or tweezers 
  • Electrical tape
  • Liquid nails
  • Filler (what ever you want to put in your bottle)
  • Hack saw or something to take apart lamp
  • Lighter or heat gun to heat upbeat shrink tubbing

1.) Find an old lamp you can use
2.) Find a bottle you want to use and clean it out good (I Used A Jack Daniels Bottle )

Step 3: Lamp #1- Step 2

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STYLE #1 Recycled Lamp 

  • remove lamp shade
  • flip lamp over mine add a paper thing covering the cord so i took it out to revel the cord
  • uses the hack saw if needed to cut an incision in lamp to remove cord
  • use the hack saw again to open the remainder part of the lamp so you can pull the cord all the way out
  • cut the wire so we will be able to thread it and rewire it into the lamp later 
  • after your done gutting it you should have the lamp guts 

Step 4: Lamp #1- Step 3

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STYLE #1 Recycled Lamp

  • Drill hole with diamond bits in the back side of the bottle near the bar code start with the smallest diamond bit then go to the largest one or just the one that can fit the wire snuggly through
  • then you want to thread the wire through the top of the drink into the hole that you drilled your going to need pliers or tweezers for this step 
  • TIPS- rotate the bottle as your threading the wire though the hole while pliers are in the bottle trying to fish it out

Step 5: Lamp #1- Step 4

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STYLE #1 Recycled Lamp

  • now your going to need to separate the wire you can do this by cutting down the center of the wire and pulling the wrest apart with your hands not to much though i do this so its easier to work with as were re wiring it your also going to need to strip the wires i used scissors but you should uses wire strippers
  • next you want to twist the wires back together (you can use solder but you do not need to) if you lost track of which wire goes where DO NOT GUESS you can cause some serious damage if you do so sense its an old lamp it polarized unlike the kits you buy at home depot it matters which wire goes where so if you lost track there should be white writing on one of the wires connect this wire to the other wire with white writing then connect the two together without writing on it
  • make sure you have the heat shrink tubbing on before you connect the widest together
  • now heat up the heat shrink tubbing with your lighter, heat gun, or soldering iron
and now that the wires are through and put together put whatever filler in your bottle you can use glass beads, christmas decorations, sand, ect 

Step 6: Lamp #1- Step 5

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STYLE #1 Recycled Lamp


  • now put it back together by using the liquid nails and applying pressure then wrap it up with electrical tape to make it look better and hold the liquid nail glue in place while its hardening add a light bulb and your lamp shade and enjoy your new lamp

Step 7: Lamp #2

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STYLE #2 No lampshade lamp

this lamp requires a little bit of soldering skills

Tools And Supplies
  • Solder 
  • Soldering iron
  • old lamp or lamp parts
  • heat shrink tubbing
  • 12 volt charger or cord of some sort i found one in my junk box 
  • LED'S (Light emitting diodes) 
  • And all the tools you needed in the first Lamp i should you how to make 
Total (10) LEDS BLUE------- (3) 120 OHM RESISTORS------- (1) 470 OHM RESISTOR

Step 1-

Get your bottle and clean it out really good

Step 8: Lamp #2 Step- 2

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STYLE #2 No lampshade lamp

Step 2- 
  • ​Solder LED'S TO The Diagram Below this is going to take awhile don't forget the resistors
  • you can use this calculator here if your using different LEDS and power supply

Step 9: Lamp #2 Step- 3

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STYLE #2 No lampshade lamp

Step 3-
  • Drill hole in bottle just like the first lamp we made on the bottom near the barcode
  • thread wire through bottle and attach the 12 volt charger to your LEDS you just made FOLLOW THE DIAGRAM 
  • re wire the cord together just like we did in the first lamp don't forget the heat shrink tubing 
  • now slowly and carefully compress your led circuit into the bottle towards the middle 
  • then add your filler make sure its glass of some sort so you can see the light i used clear glass beads from Michael's 
  • now enjoy!!!!!!

Step 10: Lamp Type #3

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For this style of lamp all i did was get a small bottle of jack (1 pint) 

Drilled a groove in the bottom of  bottle so the led would fit but not be wet by the lubricant i used for the filler in the bottle

wired the Rainbow cycling led to a toggle switch and a 4 AA Battery holder mounted it through a base i got at Michael's for 2 bucks put the battery and wires in the base

drilled a hole through the base 

glued led in place allied with bottle 

glued bottle to base with epoxy 

and your done a color changing night light lamp

i used garage door lube for the filler because it was thick and cool looking you can also used 2 part resin but obviously only put 1 part resin in not the second or it will harden


you guys helped me get featured twice and win a contest thanks again it means a lot

Step 11: Heres a Few of My Instagram Videos to Help You Guys Out

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Heres a few of my instagram videos to help you guys out it was filmed and posted on my instagram so there not to detailed nut it should help 


robertlelliston (author)2014-02-13

Excellent ible!!! At what speed should you run the drill press?

snow1434 (author)robertlelliston2014-02-13

I put the drill press on the highest speed but I would check the chart I posted below

robertlelliston (author)snow14342014-02-13

Thanks for your response! , and your instructable !! Looking forward to this one.

steffisteffi (author)2017-01-27

Strange question but what liquid are you using in the 3 example, garage door lube doesn't say me too much...

rafununu (author)2015-10-09

I've got a Chateau Petrus 1952 bottle which will make a great lamp. THX

beene93 (author)2015-01-02

I would like to make lamp style number three but I cant find the LED base. Can you tell me where you got it at or how you made that part?

Iheartmusic (author)2014-12-26

Thanks! This really helps. + it is super cool. I have been looking into night lights for a while.

thauser2 (author)2014-12-16

This is definitely really cool but I think a short strand of Christmas lights and some glass beads will work instead of the LEDs and soldering. Wish I was on your level though!

TMerkman (author)2014-05-03

Looking at this again for the socket where the lightbulb goes into is that just resting ontop or did you glue it to stay straight?

mcshawnboy (author)2014-02-20

It looks like it might be above my pay grade, but it looks really cool! I voted for you on both items. Good Luck! :)

snow1434 (author)mcshawnboy2014-02-21

thank you so much!

Iszzysapien27 (author)2014-02-14


snow1434 (author)Iszzysapien272014-02-15

thanks! don't forget to vote for me :)

BurgersBytes (author)2014-02-11

You don't need 4 batteries to run one LED in the base of the bottle. Use a simple Joule thief circuit to run one or 2 3 volt bright LED's

The chip can use up to 5 volts and double the voltage to the LED's

To calculate LED's with wall wart supplies, divide 3 volts into the DC voltage and run that many in series. Each LED should pull about 20 ma current and you may not need any resistors.

ledshed (author)BurgersBytes2014-02-12

You should never run an LED without resistors - you *need* to limit current - setting the voltage can't do that.

snow1434 (author)ledshed2014-02-13

I used resistors I will check my post again but almost positive I said I used resistors if not then I apologies but I completely agree with you

ledshed (author)snow14342014-02-13

Yes, you put them in the circuit diagram. Good practice. Some LED's have an internal resistor but unless you know this for sure, you need to limit the current.

BurgersBytes (author)ledshed2014-02-13

Go here:

In the series LED section enter 6 power supply volts , 3 LED volts and 20 ma current. Zero resistance! This is a page from a manufacturing site. The other calculator site always adds at least a one ohm resistor, which could be a real wattage headache if you are using a lot of power. It is wrong.

ledshed (author)BurgersBytes2014-02-13

So where's the other 3 volts being dropped?

From the site you list: "Voltage drop is usually 1.9~2.1V" - the change in "resistance" for the 0.2V band can be huge, and nothing like the the same as would be expected for a purely resistive load. LED's are semi-conductors, current needs to be restricted.

BurgersBytes (author)ledshed2014-02-13

Series means more than one LED in sequence in a circuit. Put 2 in and the second one drops the other 3 volts. Put in more and you get negative resistances because you are cutting current more. Eventually the LED's will not conduct at all. Next closest resistor = 1 ohm, but that's just a technicality as there are no negative resistors.

Using V = IR a resistor or an LED must drop the rest of the voltage in excess of the voltage of the first LED. Since the second LED can drop all 3 volts there is no need for a resistor..

ledshed (author)BurgersBytes2014-02-14

Ah, you didn't mention a second LED. However, you still have the problem of not knowing the exact voltage drop across the LED, especially with white and blue LED's where the voltage is typically 3.0-3.5V - so two LED's in series may not work on a 6V PSU and if you used a 7V PSU you may have 1V too much.

Some reading for you:

However, as you seem against resistors in series with LED's, I won't comment further on this subject.

snow1434 (author)ledshed2014-02-13

yep and thanks

BurgersBytes (author)ledshed2014-02-12

Where's the resistor on your computer plug? Light bulb?

The voltage drop of the LED given by the manufacturer is the current setting. You can run 40 3 volt LED's in series on 120 volts just like light bulbs. Add a rectifier in series to block reverse voltage.

Watch out for red, green and yellow plain old LED's as they run on less voltage than a bright LED. Usually 1.5 to 2 volts.

I've been running four 10mm 3 volt bright LED's in series on 12 volts DC for years now.

ledshed (author)BurgersBytes2014-02-13

Yeah, what ever...

snow1434 (author)BurgersBytes2014-02-12

Yes thanks for the idea but I prefer the simplicity of mine

BurgersBytes (author)snow14342014-02-12

I understand, your forte is making the lamps. But there are a lot of people who might like to use less batteries later on. Send them to me if you can!

Also you can run a few LED's off of line voltage through a high voltage rated capacitor too. Did you ever see those lamps with top and bottom lights? Could be some ideas there. Let me know if you are interested. Nice Instructable!

snow1434 (author)BurgersBytes2014-02-13

Thanks and ya I will send them your way good luck

Vodika (author)2014-02-13

I have 2 Absolut Vodka bottles, and I would like to make them into a pair of lamps, but do you think it would be possible to put LED in the bottom with a lamp shade on top and use a three way switch ?

snow1434 (author)Vodika2014-02-13

sounds like it would work when you make it post a picture sounds awesome good luck and dont forget to vote for me!

Vodika (author)snow14342014-02-13

I Voted for ya, I will have to get the Diamond Drill bit so I can get started, thank you for the ideal.

snow1434 (author)Vodika2014-02-13

no problem and thank you so much for the vote send me a picture when your done i would love to see it!

TMerkman (author)2014-02-13

You do know you can buy the guts of a lamp separately in case you don't have a lamp your not using right?

snow1434 (author)TMerkman2014-02-13

i know i get them from homdepot thanks for the comment don't forget to vote for me :)

Claude McVea (author)2014-02-11

Are you serious? You advocate destroying
a good working lamp to make an LED lamp that will be out of style next year!

ledshed (author)Claude McVea2014-02-12

Why not? If you have something you don't like, you either give it away, throw it away or hide it away - so why not convert it into something you *do* like?

snow1434 (author)Claude McVea2014-02-12

No it's just one way of making it you can buy pieces from home depot to but some people don't have that luxury to do so

OutlawKtulu (author)2014-02-11

Do you use any insulation for the LED wires to keep them from shorting out?

snow1434 (author)OutlawKtulu2014-02-12

I use electrical glue or tape or heat shrink tubbing the majority of the time

Dandeman321 (author)2014-02-11

Very awesome idea! I've made alcohol bottle lamps with just LEDs. Haven't thought about adding the lamp/lamp shade on top though! Nice addition. Here's my lamps

snow1434 (author)Dandeman3212014-02-12

Nice lamps! And thanks

BlitzKriegBR (author)2014-02-11

Great instructable! Really liked it! The only big problem will be make this just after empty the bottle! (JK)

snow1434 (author)BlitzKriegBR2014-02-12

Hahhaha thank you

XTL (author)2014-02-11

Pour water on the glass while drilling. if it heats up the glass will crack.

Keep water away from electrics if using electric drill.

snow1434 (author)XTL2014-02-12

Yes I forgot to say that thank you it helps a lot to prevent cracking I usually use a wet rag or something

snow1434 (author)2014-02-09

no problem :)

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