Introduction: L.e.d. Bottle Tree

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This instructable is part of the "keep the bottle" contest. I will show you how to make a cool looking lamp, made of recycled bottles!

Step 1: Your Materials

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You will need the following: eight or so bottles, 9-volt battery, sealant glue, an exact-o knife, electrical tape, 3 l.e.d.'s, and a resistor: so the l.e.d.'s don't blow out!

Step 2: Cut, Cut, Cut

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Use the exact-o knife to cut around the entire bottle, just above the label line. Do this to the rest of the bottles until you have eight tops. Throw away or reuse the bottle bottoms in another instructable. Same for the caps, but make sure you keep at least one of them! you will be left with eight bottle tops and one cap.

Step 3: Glue Time!

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Outline the rim of the bottle neck with glue, and place the next bottle top over it, so the necks meet. Continue doing this until all the bottles are put together.

Step 4: The Electronics

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While you wait for the glue to dry, we should assemble the electronics, which is quite easy. start off by taping the resistor to the 9-volt battery with electrical tape. Then, simply attach each l.e.d. and complete the circuit. You should have 3 bright and shiny l.e.d.'s.

Step 5: Final Assembly

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The final assembly is easy. Take your completed l.e.d. circuit and place it beneath the "tree". Put the cap you saved on top of the "tree" of bottles. Your done! In the light it looks very... poor. But when you turn out the lights, you will see rich vibrant color! Experiment with different colors for different effects! I hope you enjoyed my instructable!

Comments

yousuffarooq (author)2011-06-04

soldering is more profesional

jbyrne2 (author)yousuffarooq2011-06-05

It may be more professional, but not everyone has access to soldering equipment.

Robot Lover (author)2010-12-02

You would not need a resistor because their output voltage is typically in the 3 volt area so the combined voltage would be 9 volts, the same as the battery.

roo525 (author)2009-01-31

ok! It turns out that i used 3 "1 kilo ohm" resistors. One for each led. I wrapped all of them together into one, not along the entire circuit.

roo525 (author)2009-01-30

Yes its a resistor. I'm not sure what kind because my brother gave it to me. I'll ask him as soon as possible.

HamO (author)2009-01-29

What type of capacitor if that in the first picture of step 4?

Sparkington (author)HamO2009-01-30

lol it a resistor in step 4 photo.

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