Upcycling Bottles to Lamps




Introduction: Upcycling Bottles to Lamps

Looking to make something of those old bottles? Want a fun DIY gift for any time of the year? Lets get creative!

What you will need:

  • Empty bottle
  • Dremel
  • Glass Cutting Bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Bottle Lamp Kit
  • Cord Switch
  • Grommet
  • Bulb
  • Shade
  • Filler
  • Funnel
  • Wrench

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Step 1: Drill Bottle

After selecting a bottle the first step is to decide where to drill a hole. It is important to choose a spot that is not too close to the bottom to avoid cracking it. I generally use a piece of tape but that is not required although highly recommended.

Mark where you plan on drilling and begin drilling. I also recommend using running water while drilling to prevent the bottle from cracking. I have cracked many bottles with or without water, however water helps significantly. Be sure to apply light pressure while removing the Dremel every few seconds and repeating the processes until through.

After you have drilled a clean hole, switch to a larger drill bit in order to widen the hole to fit the grommet.

Step 2: Wire Bottle

This step varies depending on the size and the shape of the bottle:

Take the grommet and snake the wire through the hole until the grommet is more than the length of the bottle down the wire.

Take the cut end of the wire and snake it through the drilled hole and through the top of the bottle. Be creative with snaking it, remember gravity is your friend. However a coat hanger can be used to grab the wire if that is easier.

Take the grommet that is on the wire and place it in the hole until it is nice and snug.

Step 3: Fill Bottle

It is very important that the wire is snaked through the bottle before filling it with stones (or whatever you choose) because there will be no way to snake the wire once filled.

In this example, I used a funnel to place the small stones but that is dependant on what you are filling the lamp with.

Once the lamp is filled up to the neck it is important to tap the bottle on the table in order to let the stones settle.

Refill what space is now there and repeat the process.

Step 4: Prepare Cork

For this step you will need the threaded tube, two nuts, and cork piece.

Take one nut and place it a few rotations from the end of the tube.

Next take the cork and place it over the tube using the nut as a stopper.

Now take the second nut and screw it on the top of the cork until snug. Do not tighten too much otherwise it will expand the cork.

After preparing the cork piece thread the wire through the tube.

Insert cork into top of the bottle.

This is where tightening the top bolt is okay. The more you rotate the nut the tighter it will be on the cork forcing it to expand outward making am extremely snug fit

Step 5: Prepare Socket

This step may vary depending on the socket kit you are using:

Take the wire and place it through the socket base

Attach the switch

Split the wire until you are able to wrap each comfortably around the two screws
Take a screwdriver and tighten until the screw is snug against the wire and its base

Split the wire until you are able to wrap each comfortably around the two screws

Take a screwdriver and tighten until the screw is snug against the wire and its base

Cover the switch with the sleeve

Cover the sleeve with the socket shell

Step 6: Pull Wire

This step takes a little bit of patience and elbow grease

Pull the wire from the grommet hole until the socket is snug with the cork

Step 7: Prepare Light Switch

This step is also dependent on the type of cord switch you choose.

Open cord switch

Cut ONE of the two wires and place it into cord aparatus.

I repeat cut ONE of the TWO wires. If you cut both then you will have to start from scratch and rewire the entire bottle.

Cover the switch and screw tight

Step 8: Bulb and Shade

Decide what wattage and bulb you want to use

Be sure to choose a shade that fits the bulb you have

Step 9: Turn On!

Plug the lamp into the wall

Prepare to be amazed

Turn on the lamp

Let there be light!

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    6 Discussions

    I love the project and this was a great first Instructable!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Means a lot, thanks!


    3 years ago

    I appreciate the support! I currently have this in the lamp and lighting competition. Thanks :)


    3 years ago

    Excellent! I finally have something to do with all my empty Jagermeister bottles. ;) Seriously though, the Chambord lamp looks really classy.


    3 years ago

    Great idea! They look nice and it's a great way to reuse old materials. :)


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! This is my first instructable so I hope everything thing was clear