The next time you see a beautifully designed liquor bottle, don't toss it--you can use it to create a stunning custom-made lamp. This easy afternoon project can be done by anyone, whether you have experience with electrical wiring or not. Here's how to make a liquor bottle lamp.
Gather your materials. Your pre-packaged lamp kit (available at home and garden supply stores) should contain a stabilizing plug, bulb socket with cap, cord and a plug.
Clean out the inside of the bottle thoroughly and allow to dry. It's essential to remove all alcohol from the inside of the bottle.
Shave the stabilizing plug, also known as a rubber stopper, down with a utility knife if it does not fit the opening in your bottle. Be careful not to shave too much off; test it in the bottle opening periodically.
Screw the adapter in until there's about a 1/4-inch coming out of the other side. Lay the check ring on top of the adapter.
Place the lamp harp base onto the adapter.
Screw in the socket cap until it's secure to the top of the bottle. You may need to tighten it with a screwdriver.
Feed the wire through the socket cap. When you pull them through, split the wires about 5 inches down and tie the ends into an underwriter's knot.
Wrap the stripped ends of the wires around the terminal screws in the socket and tighten them.
Slide the socket shell on and clip the socket assembly into the socket cap. It will lock into place.
Screw in a bulb and add the top of the harp and the lamp shade.
If you wish, you can use a glass cutting drill bit to drill a hole in the back of the bottle, big enough for the cord to slip through. The hole should be positioned just above the base of the bottle. This will give your lamp a more finished look.
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- If you wish, you can use a glass cutting drill bit to drill a hole in the back of the bottle, big enough for the cord to slip through. The hole should be positioned just above the base of the bottle. This will give your lamp a more finished look.