2 x clear glass wine bottles
1 panel (60 x 90 cm) 25 mm-galvanised mesh
2 x light fittings with lampshade reducer rings and holders, fitted bulbs
an assistant (an extra pair of hands)
power drill fitted with a 6 mm diamond or tile bit
white spray paint (or any colour of your choice)
2 pairs safety goggles
Wash the bottles and remove all labels.
Using a permanent market, draw a small dot on the glass exterior near the
base of the bottles as a drilling guide.
Ask your assistant to hold the bottle firmly. Carefully and slowly drill
a hole where you marked the bottle. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
If the glass starts to crack, put the cracked bottle aside and begin
with a new one.
The drilling will create white dust. Wash the bottle again to ensure a
Spray paint the galvanised mesh and leave it to dry. Cut the mesh with a
wire cutter into four pieces each measuring 30 x 30 cm. Shape one of the
pieces into the lampshade by bending it around a bowl. Cut a hole in the
middle of the lampshade to fit it onto the light fitting.
Cut the second piece of painted mesh in half. Bend a piece around the
bottle as a decoration. Fasten it together by cutting open a row of blocks
of the wire mesh then bending them back beneath the previous row of blocks.
Feed a length of electric cable (with a light fitting at one end) through
the mouth of the bottle. Retrieve the end of the cable through the drilled
hole of the bottle.
Glue the light fitting to the mouth of the bottle with a glue gun. Once
it is completely dry, rest the mesh shade on the light fitting with a
lampshade reducer ring underneath the lampshade and a lamp holder on top to
keep it stable. Wire an electric plug on the end of the cable emerging from
the drilled hole. Fit a bulb into the light fitting.
Repeat the entire process for the second lamp. Your new lampshades are
ready to be connected to the mains.
Caution Always wear safety goggles while drilling through