For a long time I've been dreaming of a beautiful garden lanterns with colored light bulbs. But the only available on the market are not even closer. They are bare LED lights with sharp and unnnatural light. Nothing can be compared to the beauty and romance of colored bulbs with soft light, throwing splashes of color and shadows on the trees and grass. I decided to make my own. However the bare bulbs without lanterns would be soon damaged by the rain. So I started looking around and here is what I found:
Walking one day on the street I saw a pile of butternilk bottles in the garbage can. This was the lamp I need! I grabbed them all and run to the hardware store to buy some sockets and wire...
Step 2: Drilling the caps
With this tool I drilled the blue bottle caps. I do not know how you call it, size is 22mm (7/8) and it can be purchased from any hardware store. I guess same result cane be achieved with heated pipe of the same diameter.
Step 3: Making the socket
I pushed the blue caps onto the sockets and screwed the second part of the socket over the blue cap. This way it stays firm. On the top I inserted transparent 6mm hose and filled it with silicone to prevent water from entering the socket.
Step 4: Put together the lanterns
Here's how I cut the empty bottles and finished the lanterns with socket and color bulbs. The bulbs are 15W / 220V
On the side I drilled ventilation holes