The plastic bottle lamp
Why did we use "the"? Because we have seen a lot of ways to make lamps out of plastic bottles, but this is by far the most believable (and by that we mean it doesn't look like an Evian bottle with a light bulb shoved into the top).
In fact, on first glance, we didn't think this design by Popular Science was even made from plastic bottles. Using the "smart-looking shapes" of detergent bottles as inspiration, this classic design dates back to 1961.
Difficulty level: Advanced
What you'll need: plastic bottle, X-acto blade knife, drill, Vaseline, hollow threaded rod, hot glue gun, prescription medicine bottle, Smooth-On 305, fine-grit sandpaper, flat washer, lock washer, nut, lamp cord, lamp shade, lamp socket
How to make it: Popular Science outlined this project in its 12-step photo guide. The entire thing will run you around 50 bucks.
Bonus tip: The ideal bottle for this project still keeps its shape after all the liquid has been removed. So, don’t choose one that’s too thin and flimsy.
Look for bottles with minimal surface detail. Before starting the project, peel off the label and you’ll find many bottles have been designed with texture, but according to the author, this won't help with your design...