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Diy water bottle to nightstand lamp

Updated on March 17, 2015

Before starting I bounced this ideea in all directions, trying to find the right way to do it. The part that scared me the most was the glass drilling.

As I had no experience working with glass, and as a child I was conditioned not to play with glass recipients because they brake and they will cut you, my fear was understandable.

After I surpassed the fear it all turned out just fine... Actually more than fine.

This is the first part part of a two part tutorial about how to create a lamp from bizare objects you might find around the house.

In the process I broke one bottle and lost the two bottle caps...but it was all fun and easy and safe.

For this project you will require :

  • Glass bottle
  • Cable
  • Switch
  • Plug
  • Screwd driver
  • Insulation tape
  • Cutter
  • Insulation remover
  • Hot glue

Some minimal electrical skills are required but I am going to walk you through all the steps.

After several trials I decided this are the best drilling heads for the job. Starting from right to left, use the first one to make the hole and the other two to make it whider. They are diamond covered drills.
After several trials I decided this are the best drilling heads for the job. Starting from right to left, use the first one to make the hole and the other two to make it whider. They are diamond covered drills.
Once you have the appropriate size hole, use the big tip to make it smoother.  Don't forget to use gloves and googles for protectiong.
Once you have the appropriate size hole, use the big tip to make it smoother. Don't forget to use gloves and googles for protectiong.
Pass the cable through the bottle and measure it to have enough. I sugest  leaving 10cm above the neck of the bottle and about 1m in the other side.
Pass the cable through the bottle and measure it to have enough. I sugest leaving 10cm above the neck of the bottle and about 1m in the other side.

Now the fun part begins, the wiring. Locky I had plenty of engeneers to ask about how it should be done, plus a lot of childhood memmories about how it is done. In some stores I found ready to use cable with switch and plug already connected, so if you are not in the mood for wiring, seache for a premade version.

You will need a cutter, a cable cutter and an insulation remover for this step.
You will need a cutter, a cable cutter and an insulation remover for this step.
Use the cutte to split the outer insulation.
Use the cutte to split the outer insulation.
Peel the outer insulation as a banana .
Peel the outer insulation as a banana .
Remove the insulation using the insulation remover.
Remove the insulation using the insulation remover.
Remove the insulation from only one of the cables . Conect each cable to the switch. Conect only one of the whires from each cable, else you will have a fireworks show in the fuse box.
Remove the insulation from only one of the cables . Conect each cable to the switch. Conect only one of the whires from each cable, else you will have a fireworks show in the fuse box.
The rule for screwing the wire in place, is to be firm but without screwing it too tight to cut the this wires off. Once each cable is screwed in place, put together the switch. And yes you have the switch atached to the chord.
The rule for screwing the wire in place, is to be firm but without screwing it too tight to cut the this wires off. Once each cable is screwed in place, put together the switch. And yes you have the switch atached to the chord.
Remove insulation from both wires. Swirl the thin wires separately for each wire. Although the plugs have different designs, the principle is the same.
Remove insulation from both wires. Swirl the thin wires separately for each wire. Although the plugs have different designs, the principle is the same.
Screw each wire in it's place, tight but not too tight to cut off the thin wires, if that happen you should cut off that part of the cable and start over. In the end screw the plug cap back on and you have this part of the cable all wired up.
Screw each wire in it's place, tight but not too tight to cut off the thin wires, if that happen you should cut off that part of the cable and start over. In the end screw the plug cap back on and you have this part of the cable all wired up.
Swirl the cables together two by two. It isn't important how you cross them.
Swirl the cables together two by two. It isn't important how you cross them.
Cover each conection separately with insulation tape and in the end cover them together. And tadaaa you have the light bulb holder atached.
Cover each conection separately with insulation tape and in the end cover them together. And tadaaa you have the light bulb holder atached.

Not happy with the whole look? wire the light bulb directly on your cable. I am planning on filling the bottle so that part of the cable will not be visible.

Before moving forward check to see if the lamp is working. And it does, yay.
Before moving forward check to see if the lamp is working. And it does, yay.
Glue the light bulb holder to the bottle...or if you still have the original bottle cap you can pass the cable through it before you wire the holder. As I lost the cap, I had to improvize.
Glue the light bulb holder to the bottle...or if you still have the original bottle cap you can pass the cable through it before you wire the holder. As I lost the cap, I had to improvize.
Here you can see tmy bottle filled with ceramic balls(optional) and the cup is there to hold the bulb holder in place as it was gluing to the bottle. Although I used a fast polymer blue...it still takes 12 hours to fully dry.
Here you can see tmy bottle filled with ceramic balls(optional) and the cup is there to hold the bulb holder in place as it was gluing to the bottle. Although I used a fast polymer blue...it still takes 12 hours to fully dry.

Please excuse the mess.

To be sure it was well glued, I let it dry for 24h, then removed the cup.

For a lamp shade, you can get creative with cardboard, wood, paper or wire etc or just buy one from the store.

As I have a ton of tongue depressors, I got this interesting ideea.
As I have a ton of tongue depressors, I got this interesting ideea.
I glued them together and go this shape. The lamp shade is fixed in place by the light bulb. As I use led light bulb, it will be a lot cooler than a regular bulb so it will be safe to mix wood in the project
I glued them together and go this shape. The lamp shade is fixed in place by the light bulb. As I use led light bulb, it will be a lot cooler than a regular bulb so it will be safe to mix wood in the project
Adding more layers of tongue depressors I achieved a rather futurist look.
Adding more layers of tongue depressors I achieved a rather futurist look.
And tadaa the lamp is done. Have fun making your own.
And tadaa the lamp is done. Have fun making your own.

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    • Ariadne Delacroix profile imageAUTHOR

      Ariadne Delacroix 

      3 years ago

      Thank you

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Wow, cool! You make it look so easy with all the great photos.

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