There’s no denying it — DIY is in, and the humble plastic bottle is at the forefront of the movement. They have an obvious appeal for do-it-yourselfers. BoredPanda observes that “The PET plastic that most plastic beverage bottles are made of is a fairly useful material — it’s resilient, flexible, transparent and food safe.” While all of this is true, the writer might have left out the material’s most obvious allure: cost.
DIY projects involving plastic bottles vary greatly, but there’s a common thread of frugality that ties most all of these endeavors together. The most interesting projects amongst the bunch are those that embody frugality without exuding cheapness, and that’s what we’re treated to in the clip below.
Pendant lights are often associated with high-end interiors, but this DIY trick brings luxury to the layman. These wonderful pieces of interior design lighting have their roots in ancient Greece, “where they used to hang animal fats and perfumes in clay pots with wicks,” according to Just About Home.
Pendant lights were a mainstay through much of history, even through the early era of electricity. Before the invention of the toggle light switch, which RS Components Ltd. writes wasn’t until 1917, pendant lighting allowed lights to be placed pretty much anywhere in a room.
While pendant lightings have since fallen in popularity, they certainly haven’t fallen out of fashion. Pendant lights still hold onto their functional roots as great task lighting, but they also give professional and amateur designers alike a “chance to enhance and highlight the overall … design” of the space they inhabit, as put by Shades of Light.
In the clip below, Ben Uyeda from HomeMade Modern creates these wonderfully industrial pendant lamps using not much more than a couple plastic soda bottles, a lighting fixture, and concrete. He uses two bottles of varying sizes. The larger bottle dictates the shape of the lamp’s exterior, and the smaller one does the same for the inside.
While Uyeda uses a 2-liter Schweppes bottle for the tutorial, at the end of the clip, he shows the end product using a sleeker-looking bottle. We’d love to see what you end up with after trying this trick on your own.
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