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How To Make A Bottle Lamp DIY Tutorial

Here is a complete step by step process for creating your own bottle lamp.

  1. Step One: Collect the items that you will need for the project – An empty glass container, A light bulb and a lamp shade, A lamp kit, A Glass drilling bit, A small rubber grommet, and filler for the bottle to hide the electrical cord (optional).
  2. Step Two: Get the tools that you will need to make the craft – A screw driver and a corded or cordless drill, a pair of heavy duty gloves and a pair of safety glasses.
  3. Step Three: Begin by finding the spot on your glass container that you want the cord to come out from.
  4. Step Four: Using the glass drill bit, slowly begin the drilling the glass. By drilling at a slow and steady speed you will prevent the glass from over heating which can cause your bottle to break.
  5. Step Five: Follow the instructions on the lamp kit to wire your bottle. Put the rubber grommet on your electrical cord before you run it through the hole. Once you have the bottle wired up, press the rubber grommet into place on the hole that you drilled. The grommet will hide the edges of your drilled hole and give the lamp a more finished look. With your grommet in place you can now add the filler. This part is optional but by adding a filler you will hide the electrical cord and give the lamp stability.
  6. Step Six: Place the lamp shade on and insert the light bulb.

Want to have the visual experience to help you with the bottle lamp making process?

Click on our how to video below:

Watch our How To Make A Bottle Lamp video.

Now that you’ve created your own bottle lamp you will want to share your project with the world.

Simply take a picture or two of your newly created masterpiece and submit it to the Bottle-Lamp website’s DIY Show Off pageIt’s easy to be featured… complete a short form and hit SUBMIT. That’s it!

If you have any questions about the lamp making process or tips for drilling glass, be sure to leave us a comment below.

4 Responses to How To Make A Bottle Lamp DIY Tutorial

  • Straight forward and informative. Which bottle lamp kit should I get?

    • Lamp Light Kit

      Best light kit for bottle lamps

      We have used the Westinghouse #70025 Make A Lamp Kit on many of our bottles now. This light kit is very easy to use and comes with three different rubber adapters to fit different sized bottle necks.

      The Westinghouse lamp kit includes all the necessary hardware to turn your bottle into a fully functioning lamp. At only $9.90 you will not find a better or cheaper lamp kit anywhere.

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  • I’ve heard that if you keep running water on the bottle where you are drilling the hole, it keeps it from getting hot and prevents the bottle from breaking.

    • Candace,
      Correct. If you put a ring of plumbers putty over the area that you want to drill, you will be able to hold there. Not only will it help keep the heat down but will also collect the glass dust. Thanks for the feedback.

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