Plastic Bottle Lights

Plastic bottles and other upcycle-able materials as never before.

plastic bottle light

light made from plastic waste

The Colourball

By the amazing Heath Nash of South Africa.
Multicolour flower and butterfly shapes attached to a handmade wire structure.
Small: 400mm diam – 240 flowers, Medium: 500mm diam
Large: 600mm diam, Extra large: 800mm diam

The Colourball process

  1. Lots of bottles are found, sorted and collected.
  2. They are washed very thoroughly (with bio-degradable detergent) and dried.
  3. The handles and bases are carefully removed, and each bottle is splayed open into a semi-flat β€˜sheet’.
  4. As many flowers as possible are cut from each bottle.
  5. Now each flower has to be formed from a β€˜flattish’ shape into a more 3-dimenional form – each petal is folded in half, and individual lines are creased into each (by hand). This forms the flower, and makes it more translucent where the lines are… adding to theΒ Β  detail and finish of the finished piece. (So if a flower has 6 petals, and there are 9 lines on each one, someone has creased 54 lines! For ONE flower).
  6. Finally, One flower is done!
  7. The excess plastic off cuts are returned to the recyclers.

plastic bottle chandelier
Description: White recycled plastic flowers on wire structure
Sizes available: Standard: 400mm w x 550mm h
Large: 500mm x 450mm h
Extra large: 700mm x 450mm h

junk plastic chandelier
Multicolour bottleform sections on hand-made wire structure
Colours available: Multicolour
Sizes available: One size: 500mm

plastic trash chandelier
Tide Chandelier
Stuart Haygarth’s 1.5 meter wide Tide Chandelier made of plastic debris. Made from a collection of ‘ man made’ debris washed up on the Kent coastline.

plastic bottle lamp
Fabric softener handles strung together with waxed thread
Colours available: Translucent white
Sizes available: 3 tier: 300mm h x 150mm diam
4 tier: 400mm h x 150mm diam
6 tier: 500mm h x 150mm diam

plastic bottle lamp
Milkhandleform ball
Ball made from strung together milk bottle handles
Colours available: White
Sizes available: Standard: 400mm diam

plastic bottle lamp
Yoghurt containers cut into flower shapes and attached together with wire components
Colours available: White with red, yellow, white flower centres
Sizes available: 350mm diam

plastic bottle light
Plastic Bottle Chandeliers
By Johanna Keimeyer


Soda bottle chandelier
By: Shaun Kasperbauer

Plastic Plate Light
By Matteo De Colle

light made from straws
Straw Chandelier
Gulp Lamp

plastic cup lamp Plastic Cup Chandelier
By Aeolus

Pendant Lamp
Detergent bottle tops, wire.
Heath Nash, Capetown, South Africa

plastic bottle light
The Protea
Polypropylene with stainless steel fitting
Colours available: White
An early work – check if still making this model…

Keyboard Parts Lamp
By Nolan Herbut of Alberta, Canada

plastic reuse light
Six-Pack Pendant Light
By Bao-Khang Luu
See How-To here:

reuse lamps
Dripped Plastic Floor Lamps
Designer: Yaron Elyasi
After melting the plastic, it’s dribbled onto a mold in a free form manner.Β

eyeglass chandelier
eyeglass chandelier
Stuart Haygarth —Β  Optical
Created from over 4500 prescription spectacle lenses. The lenses are hung on monofilament line which hang from a platform. Price on request.

junk lamp
Tape Lamp
tape lamp

Tape Lamp
The lamp is completely hand-assembled in San Francisco from laser cut plexiglass and one hundred micro-cassetes. Transparent House produces only 2-3 lamps a month.Β  $1200.

milk jug lamp
Milk Jug Lamps
Milkit by Alexandru Adam and Steven Koch at Play Design is a kit designed to assist you in turning a milk bottle in to a stylish table lamp.


Plastic Bottle Lamp
By Reta & Vana Howell
Each piece contains 50-100 water/soda bottles depending on its size. Hardened via a unique fusion process, extremely durable and has the extreme appearance of glass. See more:

reuse lamps

Plastic layered and melted on your shade
By Caroline Saul

plastic bottle chandelier

Plastic Bottle Chandelier Kit
Walking-Chair Design Studio
Use 20 oz bottles any color. 9 bottles €40. 33 bottles €250.

Plastic Bottle Lamp
By Matteo De Colle

lamps made from junk

Gramma Lamp
Never thought to crochet that extra speaker wire before?

“Re-use as a design tool (and material) is still extremely under explored, and it holds so much potential – both as a source of raw material and as a beautiful limitation.”
Heath Nash

Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.


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  1. Hi,

    Is this possible and if so how do I accomplish this? I want to make a green house for propagating plants.

    Thank you, Karen

  2. It is so cool, i just need to be imformed.

    I did several recycling items already, but now i also want to be systematized.

    Thank you, let’s save what we can!

  3. These are really awesome. I’m always looking for ways to upcycle. what kind of fixtures were used? I would worry about it melting. Has anyone tried LED bulbs?

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