Booze Bottle Lamp

How to make a tacky yet super-cool lamp out of an empty bottle! Perfect for a College student on a budget!

If you are a college student like me, you probably have a whole mantle of "Trophys" that once happened to hold booze. Lets make use of those bottles...

Just a note.... I made this off of a whim without searching Instructables first.... I don't mean to steal anyone's thunder who made this before me, just thought I'd show you how I turned a tasty beverage into a lamp :)

Step 1: Gathering Materials

For this instructable, you will need:
1.) A bottle of booze that is near and dear to your heart (presumably empty, otherwise you would probably be drinking instead of reading this). If you are not 21, you can instead make a night-light out of a Capri-sun or something... I don't know.

2.) A drill

3.) A "Make a Lamp Kit" (or if you are mechanically/electrically inclined you can use a socket and a power cord). The "Kit" is nice because they often include washers and rubber stoppers that make this work perfect for bottles.

4.) Packing tape

5.) Paint/paintbrush

6.) Dremel tool and various bits

7.) Glass/tile drill bits

8.) Wood bases

9.) Epoxy

10.) Lampshade

Step 2: Drill Hole Into Glass

We need to drill a hole in the glass bottle for the power cord. This is actually pretty difficult because if you try to rush it, the bottle has a tendancy to crack, thus forcing you to drink a whole 'nother bottle, which can be bad news when power tools are involved.

First, lay down a layer or two of tape where you will drill. This helps with the whole cracking issue. At this point, there should probably be a warning or two about how broken glass is dangerous and how dumb people ruin things for other (more responsible) people. You have been warned (sort of).

Next pick a spot to drill your hole. I tried to drill the bottom of the bottle but it is a lot thicker glass than it looks and is really hard to do without cracking the whole thing. It is easier to make a hole on the back towards the bottom. Use a small glass drill bit and work your way up to the bigger sizes. Use the Dremel tool to smooth out any sharp edges on the bottle.

Step 3: Paint 'yer Board!!

Make it all nice and pretty-like. Try not to paint where the epoxy will hold the bottle to the board. I also drilled a hole in the base to run the cord through so that it would be somewhat hidden.

After the paint is dry, mix the epoxy tubes and carefully smear it on the bottle and press it on the board. Let dry.

Step 4: Light Assembly

Run the power cord through the hole in the bottle and out through the top. MAKE SURE IT IS NOT PLUGGED IN YET, you don't want 1.21 giggawatts running through your body. If you want to keep the bottle cap on, you will need to drill a hole in it as well. This is where you earn some artistic license. Since every bottle is different, it is up to you to figure out how to mount the light socket into the top of the bottle. I used one of the rubber bottle stoppers from the kit. You could also use glue or a bolt/ nut. Follow the directions on the "Lamp Kit" and wire the two wires into the socket and finish assembling it.

Step 5: Running the Cord

Here are a few ideas on how to run the cord. After it leaves the hole, it follows the contour of the bottle down through the hole in the base. I made a groove in the base from the hole to the edge using a high-speed cutter bit in my Dremel. This makes the cord look nice and fit snugly inside the base

Step 6: Almost Done...

Let things dry for a bit. Perhaps start working on another bottle for the lamp????

Step 7: Done-zo!

Enjoy the spoils of your tacky-ness!

Stay Tacky my friends :)



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    3 years ago

    I got 1 a crown royal bottle

    armored bore

    3 years ago on Step 2

    "...if you try to rush it, the bottle has a tendancy to crack, thus forcing you to drink a whole 'nother bottle..."

    It's a dirty job, but SOMEONE'S gotta do it *swig*


    4 years ago on Step 2

    You could drill the hole in the bottom of the bottle so the cord is more hidden.

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago on Step 2

    If you put the cord through the bottom, the bottle will not sit flat on the table (unless there is a hole drilled int the table for the cord to run through to be plugged in that the bottle can sit atop. In which case, ignore my comment entirely). Because, you see, when the cord comes out of the bottom of the bottle it has to then be laid across the table to go to the outlet. the bottle would be then sitting ON the cord on one side, tipping the lamp and making it no longer very useful. Your only option at this point is to glue the bottle to some sort of "riser" that has spaces for the cord to come out, and that just adds an entirely unnecessary level of work if you'd just drill in the back of the bottle instead.


    Reply 3 years ago on Step 2

    In the Instructable, OP has a base for the bottle anyway, where I would route a space for the cord. But of you didn't have a base, it would make more sense to drill out the side as you say.

    no,, thats why he stated the issue with doing that.. its thicker and cracks easier and well, just read the whole article next time lol;)

    Ha, you're right. I would still try drilling through the bottom with a glass bit. Worth losing a few bottles. Thanks for the tip ;)

    If you don't have a router, you could use multiple layers of wood (even from old shelving, the fiberboard Walmart junk), by cutting out a tight fit for the bottom of the bottle in one layer, then cutting out a small notch for the cord, in the bottom layer. Glue or screw together, mount your lamp socket, install the bottle. Victory!

    If you have a router, you could cheat! Use the "string to cut glass" trick and cut off the very bottom of the bottle, then trace it on wood and run the router to install the bottle. Epoxy into place, and run the cord out the board however you like. (with the router of course since you already have one)

    This also opens the possibility of putting a standard or LED bulb INSIDE the bottle and even smoking the bottle or masking it with paint, for looks, and the open top of the bottle will provide heat expansion ventilation.


    4 years ago on Step 7

    No comments on this? How tacky... : )

    Nice job!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I wish i would have seen this last year, i paid $120 for a set of four of these lamps (Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, Jameson and Maker's Mark), but they were all filled with colored sand matching the color of the bottles, I assume to hide the cord inside. I love this tutorial, and I was very amused at your little jokes throughout. Thanks for making this!

    such a great idea, should start a business
    I was going to, but no time, so im offering my domain 2 whoever
    is interested...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have made mine using a growler bottle. Nice, heavy and sturdy base.

    That is a good idea. I bought some glass beads but they were too big to fit into the neck of the bottle. Just a note.... don't try to drill a hole in the bottom big enough, most bottles tend to just crack. Even the Bacardi bottle cracked a bit even though the hole was less than 1/4"...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Looks great! What are these glass drill-bits like (or did you use steel-twist bits for drilling the hole)? I'd guess that masonry-bits would work (but I don't have any to test this theory) L

    2 replies

    They are kind of a spade shape bit. I bought mine at a cheap tool store (initials H.F.) and a few of them broke, especially when they punch through the very last little bit of glass. They are not too terribly expensive but look kind of like this