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I first came across the Liquor Bottle Table Lamp DIY project, while going through DIY tags on Instagram. When I first saw them, I was in awe. “How cool is this?” For those that know my husband and me, we love to entertain and have family and friends over. As a result, we always seem to have empty liquor bottles left over that we have to later recycle.
As of summer 2016 (I know, sounds like a Drake song), we were randomly saving bottles that had cool shapes to them. In our mind, we were hoping that one day we could reuse them for whatever decorative purpose we could conjure up. So we filled all of our favorites with water and stored them away in the basement.
Fast forward a few months later. Now it’s early December, and I’m contemplating what my yearly DIY gift will be for my in-laws. In my DIY search, I came across a few front runners that included this Liquor Bottle DIY Table Lamp project. Instead, I chose to go with my DIY Wood Tray.
Nonetheless, I was able to complete the Liquor Bottle DIY project mid-January. Below is my step by step video I put together.
- One of the first steps I made, was purchasing a Bottle Lamp Kit. I found one on Amazon here.
In my search, I found the GE product had better quality than maybe less expensive kits. I didn’t want to take the chance with my project, so I went with the brand I was more familiar with.
- A socket
- Three size adapters (you only need one for your project)
- A locknut
- Socket cap
- Check ring
- Next, I had to purchase a Lamp harp. The lamp harp is what you attach your lampshade to. I found a harp under $3, you can purchase it here.
- Now, that I have my Lamp kit and Lamp harp, I was ready to pick my bottle. I used one of the bottles I saved in the basement for this project. Based on the adapters in your kit. The sizes will only fit certain mouths of your bottles. If you require a larger adapter, you will need to search for a larger size for that size bottle. I picked the adapter to fit the mouth of a Vodka 360 bottle.
- Next will be to gather all your supplies and equipment to begin your project. Aside from my normal protective gear, I also needed a carbide drill bit (¼ & 5/16 size) and a drill. These tools were needed to drill a hole in the glass bottle. Here is a quick tutorial on how I quickly and safely drilled a hole in a glass bottle. Use safety precautions and ensure you are using a cordless drill as water is involved.
- Once I had the hole in the glass bottle, I simply followed all the instructions that were included in my lamp kit. Keep in mind, if you don’t get the GE lamp kit, the instructions may differ. Also, there are some basic electrical tasks that in this project. If you need assistance, I will encourage you to seek an expert who can guide you through these steps. Luckily for me, my husband helped with the first lamp J.
Update: After I had finished putting my lamp together, I had to remove the top part of lamp harp, keeping the harp bottom intact. Luckily for me, I didn’t spend too much money on the lamp harp, to care much about removing it.