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Recycled Bottle Lamps

By: Sarah from The After Craft

Who doesn't love thrifty home decor projects?  Create your own thrifty lamp with old bottles using this wonderful Recycled Bottle Lamps tutorial.  Get ready for compliments, people will love these lamps!

Materials: 

  • Lamp cord with switch
  • Light socket ( we used a candle lightbulb )
  • Electrical tape
  • Glass drill bit MAKE sure it looks like this bulb
  • Lampshade (the one that clips onto the bulb)
  • Water
  • Masking tape
  • Saftey Glasses.. not a bad idea.
  • (optional) some fringe and hot glue gun

 Instructions:

  1. Get your drill bit ready. I recommend using a non-cordless drill. The first few bottles we tried we cracked I'm sure it was a 1:3 in favor of the busted bottles and we killed two batteries in half an hour. Yes.. TWO.
     
  2. Mark your spot on your bottle with masking tape.
     
  3. Make sure it's not too close to the bottle of the bottle as this could weaken the glass. Keep your drilling post cool with water running from a watering can or hose. This will prevent heat fractures from the drilling.


     
  4. Keep a good steady pressure. But not to hard until you go through.
     
  5. Get your cord and push it through your hole and up through the head of the bottle.
     
  6. Next notice how there are two wires in a cord.


     
  7. One has a smooth side


     
  8. And the other has a bumpy side. 


     
  9. Look at your light socket, notice how there are two screws.. one is brass.. the other one silver. Bumpy goes to brass.
     
  10. Put the wires through the bottle of the socket and line up the cord to the correct screw. Loosen the screw and curve the wire around the screw and tighten.


     
  11. Wrap the socket in electrical tape if it is too big to sit in the mouth of the bottle. Wrap it so you can push it in and it will stay put. Next wrap the tape tightly over starting with the first bit wrapping around the mouth of the bottle and any exposed metal bits up to the top of the socket.


     
  12. Insert bulb.. some fringe if you please.
     
  13. and tadaaaaaa.. Lamp!

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