I saw this idea on Facebook (of all places) and had to give it a shot. I’d kept my bottle of Crystal Head Vodka for a few years and, being a Halloween nut, I knew I was going to do something cool with it but never got around to figuring out exactly what. When I saw this idea I instantly knew where it was going in our house – in the creepy stairwell to the theater room.
It was amazingly simple to build. Of course, here’s the part where I tell you to follow manufacturer’s instructions and to never work on electrical outlets in your house without first turning off the power. There are tons of references online for replacing a lighting receptacle safely so you should familiarize yourself with the process.
Getting the parts list together was as easy as hitting my local home improvement store. I found:
- a Portfolio brand wall sconce – shade was sold separately which was fine because I had my…
- Crystal Head vodka bottle (enjoy the vodka on a different day than your build and be sure it’s washed and dried)
- a Hillman candelabra socket with 24″ wire leads and a spring clip
- a candelabra sized light bulb – can’t be more than 1 inch wide and 4 inches tall. Pictured are 25W bulbs but I found this 40W warm white LED bulb on Amazon and went with that instead.
- Three 2 inch #6 machine screws for attaching the skull to the fixture – length can vary depending on your light fixture size. I got 2 inch and cut them down a little.
- Tools like pliers, screwdrivers and wire-strippers
That’s it! You’re ready to go. I think the whole lot cost me around $30 not including the Crystal Head Vodka.
I will probably go back and do some more “weathering” to the fixture to make it look rusty and old, but I was too excited to get it mounted and see how it turned out. Overall I’m thrilled with the way it looks in my house.