DIY Bottle Lamp

I love the large clear bottle lamps from Pottery Barn, but they're a little pricey for me {$210-$350 each}, so I decided to make my own for a lot less. {$40}

Inspiration Lamps

First find a large wine bottle or jug. I found mine in a basement at an estate sale.

The story: I decided to stop and look around at an estate sale not far from our store after a customer of mine told me they had great things. After walking through the entire house and basement with my hands full from all the great treasures, I found a whole closet full of old wine in these beautiful bright green and clear glass jugs for $3 each. I took advantage of this great find and grabbed 10 or more. People just kept eyeing me and asking me, "Your not going to drink that are you?" I said over and over again, "I'm not; I'm just using the empty bottles." They couldn't see past the nasty old wine in the bottles, all I was thinking was these bottles will make beautiful lamps and vases when I get them cleaned up! You never know what you’ll come across; I’m constantly on a search for great pieces to repurpose.

Next you will need a bottle lamp kit which you can purchase in any craft store or hardware store. You can find a cork in your bottle lamp kit which is to cover the opening of the wine bottle. Bottles in different sizes are also applicable to most bottle lamp kits. If not, have your local lighting or hardware store assist you in the parts you may need. I decided to run the cord from the socket instead of the base of the lamp, so I didn't have to drill a hole in the glass bottle. Finally find or buy a lampshade, harp and finial of your choice to finish off your bottle lamp, now it's ready to shine.

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  1. This is fantastic! I love lamps too! I'm a new follower. Stop by anytime, Lori

  2. It's gorgeous! Great job and awesome finds! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  3. LOVE It! I'm on a search now for the perfect bottle :)

  4. This is so fantastic, I have a friend who has a bar, I'm sure he'll have plenty of empty wine bottles! I'm a new follower, please drop by for a visit when you have a chance.

  5. Great Repurpose! Your lamp looks very impressive (much like your inspiration) Thank you for sharing this great tip.

  6. Oh, maybe I can do this with my "cork jar"! Yours turned out so very pretty. I didn't want to drill a hole and hadn't thought that the cord could also come from above...so good to know! Check out my jar at:


  7. What a deal you got on the bottles and I love how you turned one into a lamp! Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a great weekend.

  8. Thanks for all the sweet comments!!

  9. stunning!

    stop by anytime.



  10. I love this!! That bottle is perfect!!

  11. Hi Mallori,
    You're featured on my blog this week! Thanks for linking up this great DIY project to Share the Love Wednesday. I like your version better than your inspiration photos! Stop by and pick up a feature button!

  12. I love this lamp! Such a cool look with the glass bottle. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured you on my blog tonight! Stop on over and grab a featured button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/12/your-whims-wednesday-36-and-features.html

  13. Love this! Saw your post on Home Stories favorite post link. I am now on the hunt for my own old wine/jug bottle. Thanks!

  14. I love that lamp! It is one of the few time that a knock off looks BETTER than the original :)

  15. Great find, beautiful transformation!

  16. You know. I have a trio of these bottles that are empty. Honesty gotta say I admire your gusto. I probably would have been the oblivious one who couldn't see passed the wine IN the bottles. Especially at an estate sale (smile).

    Great transformation!
    I'm one of your newest followers.

    Bernadette @ www.b3hd.blogspot.com

  17. Wow...Love it. I have actually thrifted a few bottled lamps and one I loved the shade so much I kept it the other I had no idea what to do with so I have it in the back of my car to go back to thrift store but after seeing your post I now have some great ideas. Thank you for sharing.




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