Upcycle a Glass Bottle Into a Lamp

by Johnnie Collier

How to make a lamp from a bottle @savedbyloves with @modpodgerocks adhesive stencils @plaidcrafts

If you have ever thought it would be too hard to turn a bottle into a lamp, I am here to change your mind about that.  Not just any lamp, mind you, but a sparkly, polka-dot spangled, fabulous lamp thanks to Mod Podge Rocks adhesive stencils from Amy Anderson and Plaid Crafts!  Read on to see how you can make your very own in less than an hour.  It is true.

SUPPLIES:

Mod Podge Rocks Adhesive Stencils @plaidcrafts

Glass Bottle

Mod Podge Rocks Adhesive Stencils (Polka Dot Pattern)

Mod Podge Gloss Finish

Foam Spouncer

Podgeable Glitters

GE Bottle Lamp Kit

Lamp Shade

Light Bulb

Drill and 1/2 inch Diamond Hole Drill Bit

Lint free towel and rubbing alcohol

Dust mask

Protective Gloves

Protective Eyewear

Container of water with a a soaked towel or rag

TUTORIAL:

How to Drill A Hole In a Glass Bottle

Wearing gloves, mask and protective eyewear, drill a hole in the bottle where you want the cord to exit your finished lamp (in the back near the bottom).  You will be using a 1/2 inch hole saw diamond bit.

Come in at an angle to start the notch in the glass, then you will be able to come in at a 90 degree angle to continue drilling.

How to Drill in Glass Bottle

Here I am drilling at 90°.  You can see the dust from the glass being drilled.  About every 2o seconds of drilling, take the rag from the water and drip it onto the drilled area and the drill bit to cool things down and get rid of the glass dust.

* Some people do the entire thing in water, but I have found that to be inconvenient to pull off with just one person.

*Don’t press on the drill.  Let the drill bit do the work or you risk breaking the glass.  Don’t forget to cool things off with water.  Again, the glass will break if things get to hot.

How to Drill hole in a Glass Bottle

Here you can see the hole is complete, and the glass circle cut out is now inside the bottle (on the left).  Clean away the debris.

Stenciling on Glass

Clean the glass well with rubbing alcohol and a lint free towel before stenciling.  Once it is dry, place stencil and apply Mod Podge Gloss generously with a foam spouncer.

How to Paint Glass

Apply Podgeable Glitter immediately after applying Mod Podge.  Remove stencil and let dry!

Bottle Lamp Kit Tutorial

I picked up this kit at Walmart for I think $6.

How to make a bottle lamp

It comes with 3 different sized adapters for various bottle opening sizes.  It turned out that all of them were to small for my bottle, so I dug through my stash and found a big cork that fit perfectly.

Drill a hole in bottle cork

I found a drill bit just smaller than the threaded rod I needed to insert in the cork and drilled a hole for the rod.

How to make a lamp

I inserted the rod and assembled the lamp according to the instructions, running the wire through the hole drilled in the back of the bottle.

Upcycle Glass Bottles

I found a burlap lampshade at Walmart as well.  For this kit, you need one attaches at the base of the bulb (the lamp kit doesn’t come with a harp attachment).  Mine was $8.  I added a burlap flower to finish, and I am in love with my new lamp.

Recycled Bottled Art

These stencils are so easy to use!  They give great lines and come in 6 hip designs.  Head to Michael’s to grab your own, or visit Plaid Online.

Here are more awesome projects using Mod Podge Rock Stencils.  Enjoy!!

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1 Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade March 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

This is super cool! I absolutely love it, and the glitter stencil add just the perfect amount of sparkle and personality!

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2 Amy Anderson April 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Um, this is amazing! I need to up my game with these stencils. LOL! Thank you so much.

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3 Johnnie Collier April 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Thanks Amy! Gotta keep you on your toes ;) The stencils are super fun.

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