January 27, 2020

A Bottle Lamp For A Mission Trip Student

Kicking around an idea to incorporate maps into a bottle lamp theme has been floating around in my mind for awhile. When an opportunity came for me to bring the idea to light, I simply couldn’t resist.

Our daughter, Tanya, has been attending the Honor Academy in Garden Valley Texas this last year. She’s nearing completion of her first year and in order to graduate she will need to go on a mission trip. Between volunteering at the call center and attending classes, she has had little time to raise money for the program. We wanted to help and joined in by creating a portal for people to donate money for the cause.

Mission Trip To Baja, Mexico
Mission Trip To Baja, Mexico

Once the donation page was set up and running I thought it would be kind of fun to put together something that would act as a kind of keepsake for this life changing event. Armed with a bottle of Mod Podge and some maps that we had collected over the years, I set upon trying to make the whole thing come to life.

Mapped Bottle Lamp
Mapped Bottle Lamp

I’m still putting this bottle lamp together and there is a lot of fine details that have yet to be added. The lamp shade will have to be something that has the appearance of luggage or maybe canvas. I will leave the other decorations up to Silke who has a better eye for not only those types of details but also Tanya’s own personal taste.

Mission Trip To Baja, Mexico Bottle Lamp
Mission Trip To Baja, Mexico Bottle Lamp

One of my concerns has been the heat that can build up in the bottle and what will happen to the Mod Podge. I’m going to leave the lights on for awhile before I go any further just to make sure that it doesn’t cause everything to start sliding down the sides. I’ll keep you posted!

It’s been an adventure for everyone and I guess we are all trying different experiences everyday. But isn’t that what keeps life interesting?

2 thoughts on “A Bottle Lamp For A Mission Trip Student

  1. Greetings Nick:
    I needed a light for our chicken coop. I bought a 2.5 Watt 120 volt Led candelabra light at Lowes with a standard base. It is very bright. Absolutely no heat at all. And it lights up a 360 degree area because the LEDs are on three sides like a pyramid shining up. If you cut the bottom of the bottle off and silicone a light bulb base in the bottom, you will have plenty of light. You will, of course, have to glue the bottom of the bottle back on with UV Glue. Iron Sharpens Iron my friend. We are all in this life together. Now, they may even make a smaller bulb that could slip down the bottle opening only requiring you to drill a cord hole in the bottom of the bottle. That would be the ant’s pants.
    Your bud,

    1. Ray,

      That’s an excellent idea! Cut the bottle, put the light together, UV glue the bottle then cover the seam with the map. Maybe I got ahead of myself on this one.

      Thank you for all your help.

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