When I was a kid, my mom made a lamp base out of an old mason jar she used to pickle cucumbers in. I didn't think much of it then, as I was a kid. Now I've come to realize my mom was repurposing far before it was called "repurposing". Mom has always lived a very waste not, want not way of life. I found various beautiful lamp and light designs that have given some glass bottles and jars, a second, or possibly third, life through repurposing or recycling. Above are recycled wine bottles transformed into lamps by Jerry Kott. The bottles are cut apart, the edges are polished, then the inside and outside are frosted. The parts are then reassembled in multi-colored lighting splendor. A "cool light" made from glass collected from bars in Brooklyn by the development company Macro Sea. A ceiling lamp made from mason jars by designer Johnny Swing. For the purist, an antique mason jar lamp. This was like Mom's, except hers was a lamp with a shade and was filled with empty thread spools. A wine bottle becomes a "green lantern" simply by hanging a charming votive inside. (It feels like summer to me.) Love, love. love these sweet votives made using repurposed glass jars, food dye and Mod Podge.
Here's to you mom and all those out there who create lovely lighted objects by giving an old glass jar or bottle a purpose, other than ending up in a landfill.