Hand crafted Lighted Bottles and Lamps make wonderful and unique gifts for every day and any special occasion. It is a fairly simple process to turn a used glass bottle into a fully functioning lamp.
My husband and I have been collecting recycled glass bottles from area restaurants, bars and friends for several years now. We even started showing other people how to make their own lamps from recycled glass bottles.
The recycled bottles we receive are cleaned, drilled with a special drill bit and cleaned again. You can buy drill bits especially made for drilling glass. These diamond tipped drill bits are available in different sizes. Look for glass drilling bits are your local hardware store or online.
Once the hole is drilled into the back of the recycled bottles, they can be filled with mini lights strings. If you want to go a step further you can also attach a lamp kit and coordinating lamp shade to the neck of the bottle. For ease of use some people also attach a separate on and off switch. This additional cord enables users to turn the bottle lamp on and off without having to unplug it from the outlet.
Most lighted bottles and lamps are decorated with bows, beads and various other decorations to give them a unique look. To give the lamps extra stability they can also be filled with glass marbles or other fillers.
If you want to stay environmentally friendly fill your recycled bottle lights with high efficiency, cool to the touch LED light strings. These mini light strings are very safe, you will save on electricity and you will never have to worry about fire hazards.
Another fun way to upcycle a recycled glass bottle is to cover it with chalk board paint. These Chalk Board Bottle Lights can be used as eye catching signage in a restaurant, wine bar or boutique. They can easily be personalized with any type of short message. Wish someone a Happy Birthday, write a love note, a special encouragement or sentiment for a friend or family member.
Lighted bottles with a chalk board surface make a great centerpiece or conversation starter. Connect two or more of these Chalk Board Bottle Lights to create a special effect or spread them around your establishment for daily specials or reminders.
Chalk Board Bottle Lamps also work well as a lighting source in a wine cabinet or as signage for your dinner table or buffet. Announce an upcoming dinner menu or special occasion!
Whichever type or style you choose, from a simple lighted bottles to bottle lamps or painted chalk board bottles, you can easily make your own, unique gift from a recycled glass bottle.