DIY Photo Lamps

DIY Photo Lamps

Here is a quick and easy DIY project for creating funky lamps or nightlights, using your own images and a plastic bottle. The process is simple – cut the end off a plastic bottle, print out your image or design on transparency film, wrap it around the bottle and fasten it with tape. Then add an LED light or electric light on a cord and that’s all there is to it! You can make lamps that sit on a table, or pendant lights to hang, or a string of patio lanterns.

With this project you can quickly and easily create custom lights for your home, your patio, parties, special events and more. It’s also a fun project that kids can help with.

How to Make a Plastic Bottle Photo Lamp in 5 Easy Steps

There are 5 basic steps to this project. Watch the video to see how it’s done and follow along with the detailed instructions below.

STEP 1: Assemble your materials

STEP 2: Get your image ready and print it

STEP 3: Cut off the bottom of the bottle

STEP 4: Wrap your printed image around the bottle

STEP 5: Add your light


Assemble your materials

You will need the following materials for this project:

  • Your photo, image, design or text
  • Transparency film (make sure you get the right kind for your printer, laser or inkjet)
  • PaintShop Pro or another photo editing program
  • Scissors or exacto knife
  • Tape
  • Plastic bottle
  • LED candle or electric light


Get your image ready and print it

  • Measure the dimensions of your bottle
  • Resize or crop your photo so it will fit on the bottle
  • You can also enhance your image with a variety of effects (check out our video tutorials below to see how to convert to your image to black and white, or use a script to add a cool effect)
  • Print your image on the transparency film
  • Trim the edges of your printed image


Trim the bottle

  • Using scissors or an exacto knife, carefully cut off the bottom of the bottle
  • Make sure the edge is even and smooth, especially if you are making a lamp that will sit on a table or flat surface
  • If you are making a pendant light, you will need to cut a hole in the bottle lid, large enough that the light cord can fit through


Add your image

  • Wrap your printed transparency around the bottle
  • Fasten it into place with tape


Add your light

  • if you are making a table lamp, you just need to place your LED candle or light in the bottom of the bottle
  • if you are making a pendant light, thread the light cord through the opening in the bottle top and attach a light bulb

How to Edit Photos and Images

Before you go to print your photo or image on the transparency film, make sure it is looking it’s best! These tutorials will show you how to crop your photo to the correct size, how to work with text, and how to add some effects.

Working with Text and Graphics
This project works not only with photos, but also with any artwork image or text. Learn how to add a message or quote to your image.

Cropping and Resizing your Photo
This tutorial will show you how you can crop your photo to remove any unwanted parts and make it the right size to fit your project.

Removing Objects from Photos
Whether you need to touch up some blemishes, remove an unwanted object or erase a scratch in an older photo, PaintShop Pro has the tools you need – see them in action!

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With PaintShop Pro, you can crop, straighten and resize your photo before it’s transferred onto the packing tape. You can also enhance the colors, clean up any blemishes and add special effects.

Convert to Black and White
Give your photo transfer an aged look by using a black and white or sepia photo. Here are a few ways you can convert your color photos using PaintShop Pro.

Add Some Creative Effects
PaintShop Pro’s library of Instant Effects makes it easy to spice up your photos by adding fun filters from a variety of categories like Film Styles, Portrait, Retro and more! Pick one or mix and match a few.

Transform your Photos with Scripts
Scripts are mini-programs that will automatically transform your photos with just one click! Watch this tutorial to see a few examples of incredible transformations.

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