How To Make A Bottle Lamp

Shake The Future demonstrates how to make a bottle lamp.  It is a fairly straight forward project, the most challenging aspects are drilling the hole in the bottle and attaching the light fitting to the bottle.

The water is a very important step when drilling glass, firstly it helps keep the glass cool and minimises the risk of the bottle cracking.  It also prevents the glass dust becoming airborne.  Glass dust is very hazardous when inhaled, so always use water when drilling or sanding glass.

Also, make sure that you select a bottle that has a wide enough neck to accommodate the light fitting.

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The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled bottle lamp are shown below.

  • Old bottle
  • Light fitting
  • Lamp fitting
  • Electrical tape
  • Heat shrink tubing
  • Washer
  • Glue
  • Decorative sand and stones (optional)
  • Bucket of water
  • Drill
  • Spear head glass drill bit
  • Lighter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Screwdriver
Did You Know?

Each UK family uses an average of 500 glass bottles and jars annually, glass is 100% recyclable and can be used again and again. Glass that is thrown away and ends up in landfills will never decompose.

The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.

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