Bright ideas for making your own lamps

June 23, 2009 3:57:44 PM PDT
Brighten any room with homemade lamps that you can "upcycle" from items found around the house.

Common everyday objects can be upcycled to make creative and fun lamps. When looking at bottles, vases and even flowerpots try to think of them in a room in your house. Remember to think outside the box. Vases can be turned upside down, wine bottles can be drilled and almost anything can be spray-painted to match your particular taste and styles.

When finding containers to use as your lamp base, seek out items that already have an opening in the bottom for your chords will make it easier. Otherwise, you can always drill your own hole using a power drill and a ceramic/glass cutting drill bit. The trick to remember when using this cutting drill bit is to apply very little pressure. Be patient and let the tool the work.

BOTTLE LAMP
First step is to make sure your bottle is completely cleaned out. Ensure that the bottle is completely dry before getting started with creating your lamp. Once you have your bottle, you can start assembling your lamp. The Lamp kit comes with various size stoppers; choose the stopper that fits the top of your bottle. Each brand of bottle lamp kits come with their own set of instructions. Follow them exactly. To complete, just pull your cord out through the hole in the bottom of your bottle. Now simply, install your light bulb and attach your lampshade and you are finished with your own personalized lamp.

CERAMIC LAMP
Once you have found an object you like, the first step is to make sure it has at least one flat surface to rest on. Then, determine where you want the lampshade to be and where the cord should be. Following the steps from above; drill holes for both the lampshade and the cord. Lamp kits come with either harp lampshade holder, or without. The type of lampshade you have will determine which kit you need. Each brand of lamp kits come with their own set of instructions. Follow them exactly. To complete, just pull your cord out through the hole for the cord you have drilled. Now simply, install your light bulb and attach your lampshade and you are finished with your own personalized lamp.

Featured guest: Zachary Bilemdjian, Upcycle Stylist


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