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June 14, 2015
Wine bottle crafts are a dime a dozen, but few have as much potential for daily use as a table lamp. Bottles can be painted or etched, or if you're using a keepsake bottle from a special occasion (or just a brand of whiskey or bourbon that you love) you can keep the label on. It's also one of the easiest DIY projects out there. With the right supplies, it can take literally just a couple of minutes! I turned this sake bottle into a pretty blue table lamp - here's how I did it.
Remove all labels from your bottle of choice. We used Goof Off to get the job done fast, but you could also just soak the bottle in hot soapy water and peel the labels off.
Remove the cap and drain the bottle fully. Our bottle also had an additional metal ring which needed to be removed.
First, choose your adapter. Most bottle lamp kits come with one or several rubber adapters. Choose the adapter which fits best in the neck of your bottle. If the fit is not tight, you can later use super glue or hot glue to secure it properly.
Screw your chosen adapter onto the nipple, followed by the washer, exposing 1/4" of the nipple. Add the check ring (the disc which will cover the top of the bottle) atop the washer.
Loosen the set screw on the socket and screw it onto the 1/4" of an exposed nipple.
Now you are ready to turn your bottle into a light fixture!
Place the socket into the opening of the bottle, using the rubber adapter to create a tight fit. Here is where you can add some super glue, or hot glue to provide additional strength.
Push the assembly down until only the socket cap is left showing.
That's it! Except for a bit of elbow grease that might be required to get the label off, this is a super simple project. The socket assembly takes less time to actually do than it takes to read all the instructions :)
The only thing left to do is create a matching lampshade for your bottle lamp!
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