Thursday, February 2, 2012

DIY: wine bottle lamp

Look what I made:

Alright, so actually D made it. I just picked up some of the components.

In the summer, we went to a small rummage sale and found the wine bottle filled with dirt and an old socket on top with no shade. The lady at the sale checked the socket for us right there and it worked. So, we brought it home for something like $5. We dumped the dirt out and gave the bottle a good wash.

The hunt for a suitable shade lasted until the fall, when I finally picked up this beige one from HomeSense for $15. The old socket that the bottle came with didn't have a harp piece attached. A harp is the thing that attaches the socket to the lamp shade. I didn't know what it was until it was staring me in the face at Canadian Tire. A harp and a new lamp socket kit set us back $15 total.

After many curse words, an accidentally clipped wire and some wiggling... we have a new lamp! And although in total it cost a little over $30, it's original and I like it, even though it doesn't match our room at all at the moment. It kind of makes me feel like I'm at a beach cottage. I'd like to switch out our brown duvet for a white one when we move in a few months... I love the laid-back, waterfront, chalet vibe for the bedroom. So relaxing...
art piece courtesy of my friend, Em!
Someday we might drill a hole in the bottom of the bottle, so we don't have to have the wire folded like the photo below, but for now it fits. I may add a little bit of hot glue because it is a little wiggly...
The best part is that now we can retire our other lamp, whose shade fell off every time you brushed it when trying to turn it off. That's an upgrade, I would say. What do you think?



  1. Very cool. I'm not sure how to successfully drill glass, but if you could make a little hole in the bottom side so the cord could go out the back that would be awesome, but it seems to work as is so wooooohooo for that. I love the color of the bottle. :)


  2. Thanks Sarah! I may have let out a squeal when I found the bottle. Haha.

  3. That is so cool! You should join me for Handmade 52! -Katie


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