Recycled Bottle Steampunk Lamp




Introduction: Recycled Bottle Steampunk Lamp

About: I enjoy repurposing and restoring old furniture and making woodwork projects that are not seen every day. I make most of my projects using wood that is either, recycled,reclaimed and love to repurpose and rest…

I saw these mixed media bottles on Pinterest and I loved them straight away. I had never done anything like this before but I am always willing to try new projects. I decorated the bottle and found it was not that difficult to do. It was as simple as glueing different textures and layers to the bottle. I made a game of thrones lamp recently using a similar technique and it turned out so awesome and was so popular. This bottle became a lamp too.


Recycled bottle

E6000 glue or similar


Steampunk charms

Shimmer sprays

bronze wax past

artificial flowers

Lampshape and fittings

Step 1: Prepare the Bottle

If the labels come off easily you can remove them. Add a coat of black gesso primer to the bottle. You can speed up the drying time using a hairdryer.

Step 2: Add Texture to the Bottle

Wrap a stencil around the bottle and use a spatula to add a layer of texture paste on top of the stencil. You don't need to add the texture paste perfectly the imperfections are what give the bottle character. Remove the stencil straight away and wash the excess texture paste off. Once dry it will not wash off the stencil. I used multiple stencils I made using a Cricut and added different textures all around the bottle. I like to paint everything as I go along because I find it hard getting into all the nooks and crannies once everything is glued on top. I use the black gesso to do this, acrylic paint will work fine.

Step 3: Add Some Highlight

To add some highlight to the texture I used bronze wax paste. Apply the wax paste with your finger, touch the wax paste and run it over the surface of the bottle. Don't fill in the whole area because you will lose the effect. This step can be done at the end, I just find it easier to do it as I go along so I can see the outcome.

Step 4: Add Embellishment to the Bottle

I got myself a box and went around the house looking for anything that I could use. As a crafter, I had charms at home from a previous project which worked great. I use broken jewellery, a mesh of an onion sack, zipper off some broken jeans, broaches, artificial flowers and twig off my grapevine just to name a few.

Step 5: Glue All the Embellishments in Place

The idea is to add lots of different textures and layers to the bottle that will be highlighted later. Some more ideas for adding textures check out these Halloween bottles. I used E6000 glue as well as Bostick multi bond to glue everything to the bottle.

Step 6: Add the Zipper

The zipper was added in the open position and steampunk charms were glued to the inside. The idea is that the bottle looks like it is full of steampunk charms. Some of the charms proved a bit difficult to glue in place because of their shape. I used string to hold them in place while the glue dried. The good thing about this method is that if you don't like something you can just paint over it or replace it.

Step 7: Add Artificial Flowers

You can use any artificial flower, some I cut off arrangements I already had at home. The flowers were sprayed with shimmer spray and highlighted with coloured wax paste. I have since started making my own shimmer sprays and wax paste if you are interested in how to make them. If you did not paint the bottle as you went along you can paint it all now with the black gesso. Then apply the coloured wax pastes to the surface area using your finger.

Step 8: Cut the Hole in the Bottle

It was an afterthought to turn this bottle into a lamp. So it would be ideal to do this step before you start decorating the bottle. I used a 1 cm diamond tip hole cutter. Unlike other glass cutters, they do not have a drill bit to start the hole and keep the drill bit from slipping across the surface. To keep the drill bit in place while cutting the glass I used a scrap of wood. A 1 cm hole was drilled into the wood which is positioned and clamped to the bottle. The diamond drill bit is them positioned into the hole and you drill the hole in the glass. You will need to add water while drilling. This method took less than 30 seconds to do and I had a nice clean hole.

Step 9: Add the Wiring

Push the wire through the hole and up through the top. A threaded tube with a washer attached was added below the lid and the fitting was screwed onto the top end. I wired up the lamp and attached the lampshade.

Step 10: Painted the Lampshade

I only had a white lampshade at home so I painted it black with the gesso, But I found it really boring. The lampshade was next to get a makeover.

Step 11: Add the Zipper to the Lampshade

I glue a zipper to the corner of the lampshade and glue the steampunk charms inside like a did with the bottle. To fill in the gaps I glued dried split peas. I painted them all with the black gesso and highlighted the surface with the bronze wax paste. And the was my lamp done.

Step 12: More Projects

Looking for another mixed media project. Why not try this Man cave sign made using this technique and a Cricut. More great projects on my website.

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    3 years ago

    Great job Anita,
    Love the steam punk look and what you have done there..