Saturday, October 27, 2012

Glass Bottle Lamp ~ DIY Pottery Barn Knock Off

I'm not really a crazy lamp freak.
Truly, I'm not.
I realize I've already blogged about lamps HERE and HERE.
And, as you've rightly guessed, I'm doing it again right now.
But it's not like I'm obsessed with lamps or anything.


I might however, have a unhealthy slight obsession with Pottery Barn.

Their Clift Glass Table Lamp has not helped my obsession one little bit, I might add!

I wanted to hide it under my arm the last time I visited our local Pottery Barn (180 miles away).
But... it would've cost me $280 (on sale) to stop the police from chasing me as I bolted out the door!
So I fell back on my old stand-by...

Make My Own

I showed you my pretty glass jug and the Faux Cork I made for it in this post HERE
Well now I'm gonna show you why I needed that faux cork.

Here's How I Did It

For starters, I disassembled an old bedside lamp to use for parts. If you don't have a lamp to tear up, you can buy a lamp kit that'll work just as nicely.

We did discover that the old lamps metal rod was a bit too long for our purposes. 
But Mr. Concrete, as usual, had the perfect solution.

Yes, that's a Concrete saw to cut a tiny little metal rod.
There's no such thing as over-kill at this house!

And here's the rest of the steps...

   Cool off the metal you just super heated with an over-the-top, but very effective saw.

   Carefully drill a hole in your faux cork to house the metal rod that supports your light.  This is why I needed that faux cork. If I was using a lamp kit, it would've come with bottle adapters to sit in the opening. Well I didn't use one, and even if I had the adapters would've been way to small for my bottle. The faux cork was the exact size I needed and looked much better than what comes in the kit.

   Thread your wire through the cork and the metal rod. We chose not to drill a hole in the glass bottle (it was the last one, so risking it breaking wasn't an option) so we drilled a second hole in the side of the cork to thread the wire up and over the side of the bottle opening.

   Rewire the lamp and screw it onto the metal rod base. This is where we discovered that a faux styrofoam cork is problematic for this project. The styrofoam doesn't hold the metal rod very securely and lets everything wobble around. To remedy this, I used good ol' Gorilla Glue to stabilize things. Worked like a charm! (If I did this again, I might use a wooden table leg like THIS as a base for my cork instead of styrofoam. Live and learn.)

And that's it.

I bought a burlap shade from Lowes and my lamp was complete.

I love it! 
Maybe even more than the Pottery Barn lamp.
And BONUS, I didn't have to get arrested OR part with $280 to get it!

Here's what I did part with:
    Michael's Glass Bottle $24
    Supplies for Faux Cork $4
    Lamp Kit Parts $0
    Lowes Burlap Lamp Shade $25

Total: $53

If you're doing the math, that's a $227 savings.
Now I KNOW I love it more than Pottery Barn's!

Oh, I also want to give a shout out about Holly who blogs at Dolce Papier.
Holly was the lucky winner of my Ramsign Giveaway a few months back.
She's posted pics on her blog of how she's using her new sign, and I think it looks fantastic!
Check it out HERE!

Fun Parties I'm Linking Up With:



  1. Awesome! I can't wait to make my own :) Over from I Heart Naptime :)

  2. I'm not obsessed with lamps either.(nope not me) But I will be at Michaels asap tomorrow!
    Chris =]

  3. It's beautiful! I found glass lamps on clearance at Target! I stocked up! Love them!


  4. Oh, my gosh, that is incredible!!!! Visiting from Positively Splendid.

  5. Love it! Great minds think alike-- I just made a Pottery-Barn look-alike green glass lamp out of a vase I found at Goodwill! ;) (You can see it here: )
    And I am also an admitted lamp addict :) Found you on Classy Clutter, and now following! :)

  6. I have had my eye on those lamps too! I'm totally doing this!

  7. Love this project. I may try this out. Saw you at Debbiedoo's


  8. super hack! Ikea sells ones similar but they are $39.99 just for the base. I love it when I can make something for cheaper than even Ikea and it looks a million times more pricy!! fabulous inspiration. can't wait to try this

  9. That is super awesome!~ What a great job. Fabulous price too:) Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.ENJOY!

  10. I did a similar lamp for my bedroom. Really like your linen shade - great combination. PB is always good for inspiration. Thanks for sharing, liz

  11. WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! What a fabulous job on the lamp!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  12. This is totally the GREATEST!!I so would love to find a big jug such as yours!!!

  13. A girl can never have enough lamps so dont worry, your not alone! I really like these glass ones would be fun to put something in them ... tinsel for Christmas time maybe :)

  14. Love the lamp, love your home, love your blog, love you. LOL!!! JK I promise not to stalk you, but could ya give me the 411 on how you got the script so neatly onto your chalkboard???


    1. LOL, Kim! You're too funny!! And thanks for the compliments!
      As far as the chalkboard, I'd love to tell you I had some perfect solution to chalkboard writing, but the truth is this... I typed the words into my computer and found a pretty font I liked. Then I just did my best to copy the look of it by writing it freehand. My family actually all sat around laughing at me cuz I had to have erased every word 10 times before I got it right. The one tip I can give though is to wet your chalk before you write. That makes it much brighter.


  15. I love it! Hope to make one myself after the holidays!

  16. This is so beautiful, I love it! Visiting from Embracing change link party!!

    Your newest follower ;)
    - Fotini { }

  17. Love this lamp! The faux cork is really cool too! I totally want one :)

  18. That is totally awesome! I love knock offs! So cool when people make something that saves them so much money!!!

  19. I love all things Pottery Barn too, but not the prices. What a great project and the tutorial is very helpful Thanks for sharing.

  20. This turned out so great! I've always wanted to make my own lamp, but for some reason the thought of drilling into glass terrifies me. Super jealous of yours, though! :)

  21. This is a great tutorial and so inspirational. I am featuring tomorrow on my weekly wows!

  22. I was just at Pottery Barn first time in one...and the prices were just astounding! Luckily, they had comfy furniture to sit on when the prices made me feel lightheaded. Just kidding. :) I was drooling over their lamp like I know how to get one I can actually afford! Thank you for sharing!

  23. This is gorgeous and you styled it perfectly. Love.

  24. It's just gorgeous!!! And I love that the the bottle is completely clear of a rod.

  25. Please come decorate my house! Another amazing DIY, my friend! LOVE!

  26. This is fantastic. I just love it! I found you off craftberry bush's blog and now a new follower.


  27. I love your bottle lamp! and your chalkboard AND the verse. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Found you at My Romantic Home and now I'm a new follower.

  28. Wow, Jeannine, that turned out soooo pretty!!! i love PB knock offs!
    We just got our link party up and running and would love if you came and joined in on the fun. Each week we are giving away free ad space for one week to one random party goer. Our main site gets thousands of hits per day and The Better Half gets thousands per week. Hope to see you there!

  29. Jeannine,
    I loved your lamp so much that I will feature it at my party tomorrow. Please feel free to grab my starfish featured button for your blog and thanks for coming to my party.


  30. That is absolutely amazing! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Can't wait to see what you will bring to the party. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  31. Absolutely fantastic! It's so beautiful. ;) Megan

  32. Oh, my word!! That is so very awesome!! I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  33. Girl…You rock! Thanks for linking your lamp to my party! Stop by tomorrow to see it featured! Grab a "House Featured" button too!
    House on the Way

  34. This is a wicked cool lamp!
    Love it!
    Thanks for sharing this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  35. You are featured today!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  36. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog! Come stop by and grab a featured button:

  37. NO WAY! That is unbelievable. You are a genius...well, I guess Mr. Concrete deserves a little create. My goodness. I am drooling over your fantastic lamp. I am going to forgo looking at the Pottery Barn catalogs and from now on come over to your blog for inspiration.

  38. HI :)I was just about to buy the OVERSIZED PB lamps like this... they are $270/ea without a shade!!! EEEKK!!! Have you seen any cool oversized bottles? My husband could soooo do this LOL

  39. This is so creative, I love love love it! I must have that lamp - now I know how I'm going to spend the next weekend :)!

  40. Love this! Do you know if they sell the glass in the stores or do you have to order them online?

    1. Thanks! And I haven't seen them at Michael's online, or at the store for that matter, since I bought it last fall. I'm pretty sure I saw it for the first time in the summer (maybe spring) then it went on clearance and eventually disappeared in the fall. I'm really crossing my fingers they carry them again this year!!

      ~ Jeannine

  41. Good morning Jeannine! I always love it when we're both featured in the same roundup. I found us over at TheCottageMarket today. I was tickled to see your glass bottle's still one of my all time favorite projects! :)


  42. Wow. I really loved your creativity. The lamp which you have made is really looking very different. I think its a kind of lamp which i have never seen. Click Here

  43. Hi Jeannine! Your PB knockoff glass lamp so beautiful! Awesome job! I wanted to let you know I featured it in a 20 Best Pottery Barn Knockoff post today on Two It Yourself.

  44. LOVE this SO much! I can't wait to share it with my Favorite Things this Friday morning! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  45. A great job you have already done. I’m really delighted to see your amazing work.
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  46. I love your lamp, and the fact that you saved so much money makes me love it all the more, lol. Awesome job on this--swear I'd think it was the official Pottery Barn design! So congrats on finding a way to get the look for less, and stay out of jail. haha Thanks so much for sharing!

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  48. This is so cool! Too bad I didn’t see this blog before the holiday seasons. Taking note of this for future reference.
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  49. I have 2 matching half gallon jugs with the finger loop near top. These are going to be matching lamps I think!!


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