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Have you ever had a vase or something that you thought would make a great lamp? I am a huge fan of Harney & Sons teas and I love their tins. I hate to throw them away when I finish the tea because they are so cute. I’ve been wanting to try using one of them to make a small DIY table lamp.
I’ve never made a lamp before, so I hope you enjoy these step by step instructions and a few lessons I learned about about lamps after I finished making it.
What do you need to make a lamp?
To make a lamp all you need is the vessel and a lamp kit. The vessel can be any vase, tin, wood box or even a pitcher. Basically you can make a lamp out of anything that you can get a cord into. The basic lamp kits you can buy for $12 includes the wiring, the harp and all of the hardware.
Steps to Make a Lamp
The first step to making a lamp is to make sure you can get the cord up through the bottom or the side of your vessel. I drilled a hole in the side of the tin toward the bottom. The second step is to decide how the top will fasten in. If you are using something with a top, it’s easy to drill a hole in the and feed the lamp wiring through that.
Once you have these two things, it’s just a matter of assembling the lamp kit. Start by threading the socket through the hole in the top. Secure the socket with nuts on both sides. Then feed the wires up through the socket and into the base.
Tie a loop in the wire to use up any excess. My kit had the wires pre-stripped and ready to be used. Identify the hot wire (with the words on it) and the neutral wire. Screw the hot wire into the gold screw and the neutral wire into the silver screw. Push the wiring kit down into the base until it snaps in place.
Now all that’s left to do is attach the lamps harp, screw in a light bulb and put on a shade. This is where I found things were getting a little bit tricky.
I figured out what I thought would be the hard part, but it doesn’t look quite right. The lamp was working correctly but it needs a longer neck. And when I got the shade on it was too big.😂 Since we are still recovering from a week with nothing being delivered in Dallas I wasn’t able to get what I needed to make these changes today. I will have to save that for an update.
My key take away from this project is that proportion is very important when it comes to making lamps. The base and the lamp shade need to be sized correctly and you might not know they aren’t until you step back from your project.
Now it’s time to see the other crafts.