Make a floor lamp with plastic bottles
Every time I hold a piece of plastic household waste in my hands, I first check the code on the base and then try to think up ways to use it, or repurpose it into something else. There are so many ways to repurpose plastic 2-litre bottles and this floor lamp is just one example out of many projects that I have done and just one more way to reduce household waste.
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See the enlarged pic above that shows in detail the section of a plastic
bottle that you will need for this project.
GOOD TO KNOW
Don’t throw the bottom of the bottle away just yet, there are some great projects on the www.Home-Dzine.co.za website that use the top and bottom section of plastic bottles
To make one section you need two top sections.
I have found it easier to warm up
the bottom of a section in hot - not boiling - water to soften the plastic and make it easier to join two sections together.
I’m not going to lie and say that fitting the two bottle sections together is easy, but it does get easier the more you do. The trick is getting one section to fit inside the other and the blerry thing keeps popping out. Persevere and you will come right.
So that all the sections fit together nicely I used a cardboard tube cut to length and then wrapped this with aluminium self-adhesive tape.
There’s no exact measurement for this, as it depends on how you cut off the tops, but try one size and then adjust as required until you get a nice fit.
Once you peel off the backing it feels exactly like tin foil but with a self-adhesive backing.
To wire up the lamp you need to thread the electrical cord through the pipe. Strip the end of each wire no more than 5mm from the end and then twist the wires together so that there are no loose filaments.
Thread the base of the lamp holder onto the top of the pipe and secure the wires to the lampholder connection. Pull on the wires to ensure they are secure and will not come loose and then screw the lampholder together.
Use 5-minute epoxy glue to attach the lampholder to the top of the pipe and leave this to dry for longer than 5 minutes! I don’t know why but sometimes it takes
longer to dry than it should - perhaps temperature affects it.
Just for security and peace of mind, I also wrapped a thin strip of white duct tape around the top as well.
To make the lamp stand I bought a piece of 20mm PVC electrical pipe and used a glass light cover that was a leftover from a ceiling fan that was broken and removed. To steady the base I cut circular rounds of 16mm MDF that were glued together and drilled with a 20mm spade bit, so that the pipe would fit into this.