Well hi! It’s 10:37 here in India, the man is out with the boys for some scotch and conversation and here I am, tucked cozily under my shawl and blogging from the exact same spot you see above. The light’s creamy, everything’s spick and span, the whites in this old home is whiter than ever; a cup of tea and the girl behind the blog is having a date with ‘er new found love, the lamp: Happiness is indeed a pretty home.
So if you love yourself a good Whiskey Bottle Lamp or two, and ofcourse enjoy making your own lamp over buying it off the shop, here’s your go to, super easy DIY lamp tutorial. It’s super easy, it’s super-fun, it’s an absolute no brainer and it’ll let you recycle your old vintage bottles too into something more practical too if you are tired of keeping them as mantle pieces.
Let’s get to that then…
A friend last year got us a beautiful whiskey from the Aberfeldy distilleries and might I tell you, till I tasted Laphrohaig, it was the best. But after the beautiful, smokey, bold Laphrohaig, nothing compares. It shocks people to see me as a big whiskey girl. I don’t know why. But I get this a lot, “Oh, Whiskey?” with that typical raised-eyebrows-to-a-specific-angle-which-means-oh!-snooty-huh look. Yes, I am a scotch girl, I am a whiskey girl and when time calls for it, I am also a DSP Black girl. I am also Feni, cheap booze and beer girl. Just don’t ask me to drink in the name of strawberry and raspberry. I like a good cocktail once in a while but I like the naked taste of good alcohol. Yeah, I know…I am a gentleman.
Haha, anyway who wants to talk about Whiskey here. We are talking more on the lines of Whiskey Bottle lamps. Gosh, my tendency to go ashtray is just incurable.
So, yeah, when a friend got us this Whiskey on New Year’s eve, I instantly (and shamelessly) kept the bottle with me. It’s one of those beautiful bell shaped vintage bottles with ABERFELDY written in raised glass. The bottle and me was love at first sight. Believe me.
After keeping it for more than 6 months as a centerpiece, it was time for it to become a little more practical than just staying in a corner.
My home is pro recessed lights. There are no direct lights in my house and one and only one in our bedroom was bothering us beyond comprehension. We moved in this new house for about 4 months methinks and the bedroom light was the only part of the house I didn’t touch. The husband had been telling me for ages about changing that one but never really got the time. Until now!
So here’re are steps in a collage below: I’ll write below the photo for you all to understand.
This is what you’ll need to make an awesome DIY Whiskey Bottle Lamp
You’ll need a bottle with a hole drilled in it near its base. If you have a diamond drill-bit, you can do it yourself at home. Make sure while drilling if you have someone to pour a steady hand of water. If you are not too sure of this part, take it to your nearest glass store and they will do it for you.
Step 2 is to attach the wire to the bulb holder. If yo unscrew the plastic rim, you’ll find two tiny screws with holes for the wire to go in. You need to attach one strand of wire to each. See pic 5(center) for how your wires should go in. You need to take the copper bits out from its casing before attaching it.
step 3 Put the wire through the neck so as to position the attached holder on the neck, pull the other end of the wire through the small hole at its base and tie a knot. This will secure your holder to the neck. The tension here works as adhesive. Smart right?
Next, open a two plug and attach wire similarly. 2 Plug pins are the normal pins yo use everyday. You can use a 3 plug too if you wish but those are for heavier consumption I suppose. Electrical that is.
Open the upper rim of the holder, attach the holder.
Plug and play.
I really wanted to share this with may of the parties but I am a bit tired of linking. Whoever comes to this page, I hope you all like it :)