Pottery Barn has bottle lamps that a lot of people are falling in love with. I spotted the first bottle lamp I saw at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
… Well, maybe not the first bottle lamp I ever saw in my life, as this is an old DIY idea that often utilizes antique jugs or wine bottles … but the first really pretty, appealing one!
The lamp and shade are just basically sitting on the bottle — at least with the Cracker Barrel version — as the light itself is attached to a cork that pulls out of the top of the bottle. It occurred to me when I saw this that you could actually fill the bottle with something like layers of colored sand, marbles, seashells, glass beads, dried flowers — anything! and just dump it all back out when you got tired of it or if you decided to change your decorating theme.
As I wandered the Internet and the halls of Pinterest, I happened to run across pictures of people making these bottle/jug lamps themselves.
This is a thing now!
I especially liked reading this blog post (< click the link) on The Concrete Cottage about how they made their lamp.
Seriously though, I feel like if you know enough about electricity to unplug an appliance before you try to fix it, and you have a Cork Stopper Lamp Kit (apparently these are available everywhere, including online!) then you can make a bottle lamp. The DIY blogs don’t even really have to spell it out.
If you would rather just buy a pretty bottle lamp and a lampshade, you have some options.
These are an example famed Pottery Barn “jug lamps.” The “Clift Glass Table Lamp Base – Clear” ranges from $120 – $170 and also comes in a green glass version.
Pottery Barn actually has a variety of these “glass lamps” so be sure to browse and search if you check them out.
Here is ClarkBetty.com’s “HGTV Clear Glass Bottle Table Lamp with Cork Neck” for $138.00.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s version (shown below) is considerably lower priced at $39.99, though not yet available on their online store. If you want to order it you can call 1-800-333-9566 and tell them you want the Glass Jug Lamp from the theme “Red.” The SKU number is 428845.
Whether you buy it or make it yourself, a bottle lamp can be a subtle addition to your home or a stand-out accent piece. Use your imagination and let us know how it turns out.
Now if you can put together a ship-in-a-bottle lamp, then I’ll really be impressed!