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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

How to make a lamp


This is my favorite project so far.
In fact, I got so excited while I was doing it that I forgot to take pictures of all the steps.
I will do my best to explain how to do it anyway.





Here is what you will need:

4 (or more, depending how high you want to make your lampstand) enamel bowls and 1 enamel plate

a drill and a metal drill bit that is as big as the diameter of your metal rod

a hollow metal rod as long as your lampstand is high, with thread cut into it on either end

a nail and a hammer

2 screws that fit on the rod, and two washers

glue suitable for enamel and metal

a socket and a bulb

electrical cable and a plug



I started off by putting some wood in a vice grip, to have something to put the enamel bowls over while drilling holes.
It wasn't pretty but it did the job:




Find the middle of the bowl. To do that, put the bowl down on a piece of paper, take a pen and draw around the bowl, then take the paper and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again and open the last fold again. Cover the half of the bottom of the bowl with your paper and you have the middle of the bowl:




Hammer your nail into the middle. Take the nail out again. The hole makes it easier to use your drill bit:




Using the drill and the metall drill bit drill a hole into the bowl. It would be a good idea to use protective glasses, as the enamel might splinter:

 



Make holes in all the bowls and into the plate. Also drill a small hole in the side of the plate to pull the cable through later. Spread some glue around the top of the bowls and put the bowls on top of each other like this:

 



Put your rod through the holes (here it helps if you did actually find the middle of each bowl before drilling, don't ask....)
and fix a screw and washer on each side of the rod. Pull your cable through:

 



Connect the cable to the mounting and the plug, then glue everything in place:

 





I first put this paper lamp shade on and quite liked it, but then decided I wanted to try something else also:

 





I used an old lampshade, took the fabric off, cut some colorful fabric strips, knotted the strips on top of the shade, put some fabric glue on and tied them around the supports of the lampshade:

 




Then I decorated with some wooden butterflies and some beautiful birds:

 



Put your lampshade on the mounting and screw in place, and enjoy your lovely lamp!


 




Lots of love to you :-) 



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43 comments:

  1. What a clever idea. I do love using a drill....It is a remarkable lamp....I think maybe one of a kind. You have great original ideas!

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    1. Thanks so much Kay! You always write the most wonderful coments :-)
      Big hug
      jutta

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  2. Soooo cute!! I thought you only did the top "shade" part, but you did the whole base as well!!!! Very cool!

    btw, yes I did walk home after yoga. I've done worse :-)

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  3. Wow,It is so easy to make.This lamp look so creative.It look so fabulous and colorful.It look extra ordinary work.

    lasik grand rapids

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments! i unfortunately can only reply in the comments because i don't have your email address, hopefully you will get to see it anyway :-). it means a lot to me

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    1. Thanks dear Rosemary :-) :-) :-)

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this...so cool and welll..just AWESOME!!

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    1. Just like your lovely comment! Thanks so much :-)

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  6. You always come up with the most creative stuff and I love the way you recycled fabric to wrap around the shade! Thanks for sharing this today:D

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  7. I didn't realize you made the entire thing! wow!

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  8. This is fantastic! I love it. It's a true original!

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  9. This is so original!
    You've got great skills, too :)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Seriously so creative and cool! Great job Jutta. Thank you so much for linking up to Blissful and Domestic's Feature Friday Linky Party.

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

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  11. What a great idea. I like it.

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  12. This would be so cute in my little farm house! Thanks for sharing it! Saw you at Bacon Time.

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  13. I love love love this!!! I am sort of partial to birds and butterflies!!! :) So cute! Sharing this via fb and pinterest!

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  14. LOVE this!!!! Super cute idea. Loving your blog title too. :)

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    1. Thank you dear Karla :-). The blog title evolved. it really started out as Organized Living Solutions until I realized how little is organized about my crafty endeavours...

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    1. Thanks so much. Love your blog title :-)

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  16. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. Great work on the lamp.

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  17. So impressed with the homemade lamp! Great job!

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  18. This is such a fun and creative idea. Way to go!

    I'll be sharing this on my Facebook page a little later on! : )
    Thanks for linking up at Feature Friday Free-For-All!

    Abbie

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  19. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/stuffed-green-peppers-show-your-stuff.html

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  20. I love this! So cute and Springy! Thanks so much for sharing at Show Off Saturday!

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  21. Really fun and cool - I love the vintage look of the lamp, and the shade is so pretty!

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  22. Great idea ,looks so sweet :) Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays :)

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  23. That is amazing!! I love the lamp shade. So unique!! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  24. Thanks so much to all you lovely people :-). Your comments are so appreciated!
    lots of love
    jutta

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  25. What a fun unique lamp. I didn't know it was so easy to make the bottom part. The "shade" looks like spring to me. Thank you for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  26. This is so fun and unique! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!
    Melissa

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  27. This is great! I'm so glad you joined in the bloglovin' blog hop. I'm following!

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  28. Great tutorial and so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  29. what a great idea

    Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  30. Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-13-chocolate-cover.html

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  31. Beautiful!!! LOVE the butterflies!! You did a great job!! thank you so much for sharing at Uncommon !

    Bonnie ;)

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  32. Found your blog via the Blog Hop. I’m your newest GFC follower!
    http://our-reflection.blogspot.com/

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  33. Adorable...the base and the birdie shade, so clever :) Laurel

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