Under 2 hours
Presented by Jaime Costiglio of JamieCostiglio.com.
Repurpose materials around your house to create a unique upcycled lamp. All you need is a recyclable plastic container and a handful of tools and materials. In just a few easy steps, you'll have created a one-of-a-kind lamp!
Choose a Container
- Use a 3-liter or one-gallon recyclable plastic container in your home.
- This can be a water jug or a soda bottle.
- The container should have a bottleneck in order to keep the lampshade on the light bulb.
- The container must be either translucent or transparent so that light will shine through.
- Clean and dry the container.
- Peel off all stickers that may be on the bottle
Trim the Container
- Hold the container upside down. Using the hobby knife, carefully cut off the bottom of the container using the knife. Remove the cut circle from the container.
- Place the container right side up.
- Plug in your hot glue gun. Place a stick of hot glue in the gun and allow it to warm up for about 5 minutes.
- Cut a hole at the top of the container that is big enough for the plug to go through.
Cut the Spoons
- To prepare the spoons, use the pliers to cut the handles off of the plastic spoons.
- Make sure to leave about ¼” of the handle on each spoon.
Glue the Spoons
- Apply a small amount of hot glue to the small bit of handle left on the spoon.
- Place the spoon, pointy end facing down, at the bottom of the container. Hold the spoon to the container for a few seconds while the glue cools.
- Be creative and make any pattern you like with the spoons.
- Cover the entire container
- Let your container sit for approximately 30-minutes in order to cool and dry.
- While your container dries, screw a 60-watt bulb into the socket of your hanging light cord.
Thread the Cord
- When your container is dry, thread your hanging light cord through the bottleneck so that the light socket rests inside the pendant and the plug comes through the top.
- Pull the cord until the socket rests up against the bottleneck of the container.
- Plug it in and test your lamp!
Jaime is a DIY girl and mom to three. She lives with her husband in Westchester County, NY — in the oldest house in the town. When she’s not busy with her kids, she likes to build, paint and sew.