Simple Coastal Illumination!

by Suzette
5 Materials
30 Minutes
This is a very simple to do, and makes a beautiful coastal statement in your home!
You could also fill it with sand and shells, but this was heavy to begin with, so I left mine empty.
I found this vintage 5 gallon glass water jug at a thrift store, and knew right away what it's new purpose in life would be! :) I was given the lamp shade by my friends at An Owl's Bazaar!
First I washed the jug and gathered a few items I had on hand. Glue gun, Pro strength glue sticks and a wine bottle light kit.
I used this clip on bulb adapter with the lamp shade, and used a finial I had from other projects. You can find these at Lowes or most any hardware store. I simply put the lamp kit into the neck of the jug and hot glued it to stay put. attached the bulb adapter to the shade and it was done! I made a necklace from a piece of rope and natural white starfish.
That's really all there is to it. As a side note: If you use Pro Strength glue sticks, you have to work fast as it cools off quick, but has a great bond.
Suggested materials:
  • Vintage 5 gallon glass water jug   (Thrift store)
  • Natural rush lamp shade   (from a friend)
  • Wine bottle light kit   (Lakeside collections)
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  • Edwin oliver Edwin oliver on Aug 18, 2017
    How did you installed the electric cord. The instructions are missing parts. Very superficial and incomplete instructions.

  • Den27990921 Den27990921 on Aug 20, 2017
    I'm curious: I didn't read all the way to the end, but did the additional of the hot bulb create any jug shattering thoughts or realities?

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    I have had a five-gallon jug just like that for at least 35's sitting in my garage as we speak. NOW I know what to do with it! Thanks for the great idea and the tutorial!

  • Suzette Suzette on Oct 07, 2021

    I'm so glad you like it enough to try it! Sorry it took so long to respond. I just now saw this. If you've finished your project, I would love to see it! :)