Introduction: Featherlamp

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Lampshade made of empty dish soap bottles. You will need:
6 bottles,
one lid of a yoghurt or icecream pot,
16 tie-wraps, scissors,
small hacksaw or sharp knife,
sticky tape
cap of a big soap bottle
turret punch or awl
and of course a lamp, socket, and electric wire.

Step 1: Open the Bottle

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Draw three diagonal lines on the bottle.cut off the bottom and top. I like to use a small hacksaw

Step 2: Feathershape

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Cut the bottle with a pair of scissors in three more or less equal parts. Draw a pointy shape on both ends of each part. Paste a small strip of tape down the center to guide further cutting.

Step 3:

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Cut narrow fringes on each side of the feathers. Take notice of the diagonal direction. 

Step 4: The Center

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Cut a circle from the lid or bottom of a yoghurt or ice pot. Make an opening in the center fitting round the socket. Divide the remaining iring in 8 equal parts with a pencil. Make small holes on the lines and in the middle of the parts. See all red dots in the drawing.
Make two corresponding holes in each feather 

Step 5: Almost Done

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Attach 16 feathers with tie-wraps to the yoghurtpot ring. The best way to do this is to alternate. First the 8 "even"spaces, then the 8 remaining uneven spaces. Place the socket through the ring and screw on. ( most sockets come with a ring to attach).

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More idea's with plastic bottles are available on a free downloadable ebook on my website: Regrettable the website and book are in dutch, but with enough pictures and drawings to inspire. Take a look and if you do, please click the facebook "like"button.


watchmeflyy (author)2014-07-26


marcellahella (author)2013-05-15


786Ayesha (author)2013-04-24

Congrats! Gosh I thought they were real feathers.

After winning second prize in the lamp contest, feels i can really fly with them.

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-04-19


Del Carmen (author)2013-03-21

I loved it. Great idea. Thanks!

DIY-Guy (author)2013-03-19

Beautiful work. And they might be cleaned with a gentle spray, minus the electrical parts at the time of cleaning. Keep up the good work!

Mr.Sanchez (author)2013-03-18

OMDG this is Awesome and elegant.Thanks for share !!!

foobear (author)2013-03-17


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-03-12

Unique and beautiful!

jessyratfink (author)2013-03-12

Gorgeous! I agree, I thought they were real feathers. :D

ReneediCherri (author)2013-03-12

I couldn't tell from the photo that it was made of plastic bottles! I mean, I know thats the point but . . . nice work. :]

About This Instructable




Bio: Technics/ arts and crafts teacher at a school for mentally disordered young adults.
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