Introduction: Upcyc-Lamp

There are many things we can do to save our environment, 3 of which are very simple: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reduce is when you try and use less of a resource, for example, turning off a light when you leave a room instead of just leaving it on. Reuse is when you use a resource again like instead of throwing away a plastic bottle, you could fill it up with water again instead of just getting another bottle. Recycle is when you take used resources like paper and then remake them so they're like new again. We recycle all the time like paper, cans, plastic, and metals. The new, more trendy term being used now is upcycling which is taking trash and trying to make it into something new and more desirable. For example, with the upcyc-lamp, i took an old bottle, a burnt out light bulb, a wire hanger and a plastic bag to make it into a lamp. Upcycling is different than recycling because upcycling is taking trash and making a desirable product out of it while recycling is just convert the trash into new material.

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Step 1: Materials

Wire Hanger

Empty 1L bottle

Burnt-Out Light bulb

Plastic Bag

Where I Got the Materials

The wire hanger was from the trash since my parents got new hangers.

The bottle is an old Aloe Vera bottle which was going to be thrown away.

The burnt-out light bulbs are from my sister's apartment.

Plastic bag is from Walmart and was going to be thrown away.

Step 2: Step 1: 1L Bottle

The bottle will act as the body for the lamp. Take off the cap since you won't have to use it. The end where the cap used to go will be where the light bulb will go.

Drill 2 holes into the sides of the bottle on either side. These holes will be where the wire hanger will go through to provide a structure for the lamp shade or plastic bag. You can either use a knife or a drill to make the holes. Make the holes no bigger than the size of the end of a sharpened pencil.

Step 3: Step 2: Wire Hanger

Cut the wire hanger in the middle so you now have 2 probe like ends. Stick one of the probes into the top hole on one side of the bottle (side A) and lead it through to the other side (side B) so it will go into the bottom hole on the other side. Do the same with the other probe, but stick it through the holes on side B and thread it through to side A. Bend the hanger so that the hanger will stay in the holes without moving.

Step 4: Step 3: Light Bulb

Tape the light bulb to the end of the bottle with the groves. Make sure the hanger is big enough for the light bulb to fit. If not, continue bending the coat hanger until it does fit.

Step 5: Step 4: Plastic Bag

Make a hole in the bottom of the bag so you can put that through the top of the wire hanger. Put the bag over the top of the bottle and fold up the ends if it is too long.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    That's a pretty neat looking recycled lamp! Love the clever title too!