Introduction: How to Make a Pendant Light From a Whiskey Bottle

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Learn how to make a pendant light! Watch my video tutorial below.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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Having the right tools makes all the difference.

To Cut the Bottle:

To Make Pendant Light

  • Cut Bottle (or other vessel)
  • Pendant light kit
  • Plug
  • Wire strippers
  • Multimeter (optional)
  • Wire Cutters

Step 2: Cut Your Bottle

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Select an awesome alcohol bottle to cut. To cut glass with a
wet saw you need a special kind of blade. I purchased my 10” diamond blade here.

Cut your bottle by applying even pressure and slowly rotating it.

Clean up the edges if necessary by running it through a second time.

Soak off the labels.

Step 3: Cut Your Wire

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The cord I bought would not fit through the neck of the
bottle. So I cut the cord near the plug. Make sure to thread this part through the bottle before you attach the new plug!

After cutting strip back one inch to expose the wires. There may be two or three wires depending on the type of plug. If your cord has three wires, remember that green stands for ground!

Step 4: Hook Your Wires

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I bought a nema 5-15 plug with screw terminals. Since this is a simple electrical job you don't need to worry about matching the black and white wires to certain screws. If you have a third wire (green) it must be matched to the green terminal (ground).

To connect the wires lossen the screws on the terminal, make a hook shape and loop around the screw. Once the wire is around the screw tighten back down for a secure connection.

Step 5: Pull the Socket Through & Mount

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Now pull the socket threw to the neck of the bottle. Insert a light bulb and you're good to go! Make sure that you choose either a low voltage light bulb or an LED that doesn't get too hot. They even make LEDs that look like the vintage filament bulbs.

To mount to the ceiling in drywall you can use a spring toggle bolt.

Step 6: Don't Let It Roll Off the Table

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DIY projects don't always go as planned. I was plugging this in and one rolled off the table and shattered. Good thing I made two of them!

Hope you liked this project. Please check out my YouTube channel for more home and design projects.


navyseabee74 (author)2016-10-27

cool idea

Thank you! Have been wanting to do this for a while... :)

jake1337 (author)2016-10-25

Nice. You should make some with different colored bottles, that would be super cool.

DIYwithCaitlin (author)jake13372016-10-25

I'm going to cut a green one this weekend :)

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