How to Make a Vodka Lamp (or Any Other Booze Bottle Light Up)




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it's more like how to make a Coaster Lamp.

Using coasters and a led push button lite, you could easily make a Vodka bottle or any other object that is translucent like a glass into a lamp!

This instructable is very easy and requires no soldering, no knowledge of electronics, heavy drinking and a lot of friends (optional for the drinking part).

I thought of this because I couldn't cut off the bottoms of bottles without slicing off my own hand and i don't know how to solder and make LEDs work . I'll promise to learn how to solder. No really, shoon, after finishiing thish bottle. hic~


Step 1: Gathering Your Materials: the Bottle

this is my favorite step of this instructable:

Decide what kind of bottle you'll have as your lamp. I chose the Absolut bottles because they are rather iconic and come in frosted versions which i find work best (and delicious in flavors too).

Gather all your friends for a party but make should you stay sober enough to pocket the empty bottles later on. Of course you could put a full, brand new Vodka bottle on your coaster lamp but that's a shame isin't it? and sharing is caring, heh.

Step 2: Materials You'll Need

After you've recovered from your hangover, these are the materials you'll need.

1. A cutting mat

2. A cutter (a good sharp one works best)

3. about 9 coasters, or more if you want them stacked higher

4. Any Led push light thingy. I got this from Osram, called "dot-it" it has 3 very bright leds inside and looks lovely. you push the lights and they switch on, you push them again to switch it off.

5. about 20 minutes, or you cut slowly like me, an hour.

Step 3: Trace a Circle Around the Coaster

Put the push light on a coaster and trace around it.

I wouldn't be totally accurate about it being centered.
It will look more natural like a stack of coasters in the day.
and no one would guess it's a lamp.

Step 4: Continue Doing So Until You Get About 8 Coasters

cut them out and repeat.

trace and cut until you get about 8 rings

Step 5: Cut a Smaller Hole

Cut a smaller hole just for the light button

You don't really need to do this step but I think it looks better this way.

Step 6: Building the Lamp Base

push the coaster rings through the light.

Step 7: Base Done

add the coaster with the smaller hole on top and tada! your lamp base is done.

optional: i've put some absolut vodka text on the back of the light as it came with some sticky backing that i didn't need to use and so I covered it up.

Step 8: Put Bottle and Top and Finished

Place your bottle on top and you're done! congrats lolololololol



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    32 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice idea!
    Instead of cardboard coasters I used some from cork as they look a bit better.

    I also cracked open the lights, desoldered the LEDs and resistor to switch them out for colored ones.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome I'ble I have 2 green bottles in the shape of Buddha and have been looking for a cheap simple way to light them up. I managed to make this in 5 mins. I don't have any coasters lying around so made my own boxes for them but they work really well. When i next go to my local drinking hole I'll grab some coasters and upgrade my stand's

    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 Step 8

    thanks, this is awesome i have saved two bottles to do something special with and this is it! Woohoo!

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool thanks for the idea I put some coloured water in them but have not yet made a base, I just balance them carefully on the light lol


    10 years ago on Introduction

    nice and clever....maybe we can use some dead CDs also instead of the coasters...

    Fab idea! I'm looking for ways to recycle my husband's beer bottles, but I don't have access to glass cutting tools (nor do I plan to). I'm afraid of losing fingers or a hand. Kudos for including pictures of your inebriated buddies.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    thanks! but u don't have to do the drinking tho and u could use any bottle not just alcoholic ones but i reckon u have to get a really pretty one.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    im looking for an instructable to modify my SoBe energy drink bottle. i like the lizards :P


    11 years ago on Introduction

    got the idea..what one requires is a hollow holder base for the LED thick enough and able to place the bottle on it...of course the coasters which would be thrown off find a use...reuse,recycle....good groggy idea!!Will surely modify on ur idea..keep it up and cheers!!!

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Oh I love this! You're so smart. I'm going to have to go have some drinks after work just to get some coasters!

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    you can split a bottle by soaking a string in gasoline and wrapping around the place where you want to cut, after this light the string on fire and let the string resolves completely.after this gently hit the bottle with something heavy on the unwanted half, the bottle should break cleanly right where the string burned.

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