Would you like to make a unique but cheap ceiling lamp to light up any corner of your home? This tutorial will show you a glass bottle DIY for a ceiling light. You will also learn how to quickly and easily cut glass bottles with a homemade bottle cutter.
Everyone knows that finding nice lighting for your home can be pretty expensive. That’s why we’ve made this tutorial on how to make a lamp by recycling glass bottles.
Tools and materials
Apart from the bottles themselves, you will also need the following tools and materials to complete the lamp:
- Mitre saw or mitre box and hand saw
- Drill/ screwdriver
- Glass cutter
- Precision screwdriver
- Wire strippers
- Panel of wood measuring 800 x 250 x 18mm and 300 x 150 x 18mm
- Planks of wood measuring 600 x 27 x 9mm and 150 x 47 x 19mm
- 2m of cable
- Terminal strip
- Electrical tape
- 3 click-in lamp holders, E27 socket
- Sanding paper 120 grain
- Coloured varnish
Cost, time and difficulty
This attractive lamp is very cheap to make, with the approximate price of the materials being less than £30. If you need any of the tools mentioned here, you can buy them via this shopping basket.
It will only take you a morning or afternoon to make your own ceiling lamp from glass bottles, although timing will depend mainly on how good you are at cutting bottles.
Lastly, we recommend this DIY project to more experienced DIYers as you will need to know what you’re doing with the electrics. That’s why we’ve rated this project a medium level of difficulty.
How to make a ceiling lamp from glass bottles
The main advantage of this lamp is that it is really cheap because you’re using recycled materials. You can use any bottles – for milk, juice, etc. Don’t miss this link for more ideas on how to recycle glass bottles.
Step 1- Make the stand to cut the bottles
Firstly, you have to build a stand that will make cutting the glass bottles easier. To do so, follow these steps:
- Use the saw to cut 2 planks of wood measuring 30cm long and 2.7cm wide, and one measuring 15cm long and 4.7cm wide.
- Screw the two 30cm long planks to the sides of a wooden board measuring 30cm long and 15cm wide. The space between the two planks will depend on the width of your bottle (in our case, 5cm).
- Screw in two screws at the height you want to cut the bottle to. Both screws should stick out to support the glass cutter.
- At the end of this plank, screw on the 15cm long plank.
Step 2- Cut the glass bottles
To cut the glass bottles, first place them on the stand you have made. Then place the glass cutter against the screw sticking out of the wood and press down on the bottle as you turn it. After a few turns, you’ll notice the glass cutter making a notch in the bottle.
The next step is to immerse the bottle in a container full of really hot water (boiling if possible). Then take it out and place it in very cold water or water with ice. Repeat this various times until the base of the bottle finally separates from the body, thanks to the change of temperature.
Lastly, file down the edges with a medium grain sand paper to leave them smooth and prevent cuts.
Step 3- Position the lamp holder
When all three bottles have been cut, place a lamp holder inside each one. To complete this step, follow the instructions below:
- Cut three lengths of cable to 30cm.
- Strip the ends with the wire strippers.
- Separate the wires and insert them into the connection terminals on the bulb holder.
- Lastly, close the bulb holder and insert it into the bottle.
Step 4- Make the wooden base to hang the bottles from
To make the wooden base from which the bottles will hang, you need a plank of wood measuring 80cm long and 25cm wide. First, coat the wood with an oak coloured varnish. When it is dry, sand the entire surface with a fine grain sander, to give a slightly distressed look.
Lastly, make three holes with the drill to insert the lamp holder cables through.
Step 5- Connect to the mains
The final step is to connect the 3 lamp holders to the electrical current. To do so, use the precision screwdriver to screw in the lamp holder cables to one side of the terminal strip. At the other end, connect the mains cable.
It is really important to ensure the home power supply is disconnected when you do this. In addition, all remaining unprotected cables must be covered in masking or electrical tape.
After completing each of these steps, all that’s left to do is insert the light bulbs and hang the lampshade from the ceiling.
In this affordable way, you can create attractive lighting for your kitchen or any other room in the home.
With each lampshade being a different colour, you can create a laid back, contemporary look with our glass bottle ceiling lamp.
Have you ever tried cutting glass bottles before? We guarantee you’ll be successful with our method. Give it a go and make your own lampshade to illuminate your home in a unique, quirky way.
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!