You.Guys. I am SO excited about this series.
The holiday season is here and I can guarantee that 98% of us still have people that we need to find the perfect gift for. But who wants Hickory Farms or Bath and Body Works? Every day this week I am showing you a project that you can make for someone you like/love/want to blow their socks off. The projects range from simple simple to a little less simple but still really doable. Can you feel the gift giving happiness oozing from my ears? Cause it is.
Oh and I should mention that each of these projects cost less than $30!
So bust out your holiday cheer and lets get to work!
This project will range from Free-$40 depending on what you have on hand. The 2 main elements that you need are a vase and a bottle cord kit. You can use any type of vase, I found this one at Target for $12.00. You will also need a Bottle Lamp Kit. I got mine from Lowes for around $10. Make sure you check your thrift store for vases (I regularly find them for $2.00.)
You are going to start by painting your cord. Now. Lets have a mini chat for a moment. Did you know that you cannot spray paint rubber? Its true. The paint will never cure. SO as easy as it would be to spray paint this cord, its just not the best option. I dug through my paint stash and found a sample paint from Lowes and brushed it on with a sponge brush. You want it to touch as little as possible while it is drying. This is what I rigged to hold it:
I know. Its awesome enough to be patented.
While your paint is drying its time to drill your vase. You are going to drill 2 holes. One on the bottom, or top depending on how you look at it (for the socket etc.) and one on the side for your cord to come out. Its not scary I PROMISE. I have even made you a video tutorial so you can see just how UNscary it is to drill through glass. You can purchase the drill bit that you need at Lowes also. Here is a link so you know EXACTLY what to buy!
Now its time to start assembling. You are going to take the small threaded pipe that came in your Bottle Lamp Kit and put the large decorative washer on one end and the small nut right behind it. Feed it through the hole at the new top of your vase.
Then you are going to take your socket apart (it will come assembled in the kit.) Just pull the top part off and you will have 3 separate pieces.
This is where you have 2 options. Depending on the lampshade that you are using you may or may not need a harp base. If you do need one, you’ll need to get one at Lowes (or jack it from an old lamp like I did….) Most lampshades from Target attach to the socket and not to a harp FYI.
Put your harp base on and then take the bottom of your socket and screw it on to the threaded pipe that is sticking out of the top of your vase (you may need to loosen the teeny screw that is on the side of this in order to screw it onto the pipe!)
Then starting in the bottom second hole that you drilled (the one on the side) feed your cord through (carefully so you don’t scratch your paint!) and up through the treaded pipe.
Wire your socket according to the instructions on the package, and you are DONE!! (Isn’t it beautiful?!)
This lamp is a KILLER way to personalize a gift for someone that you love!
Cords are normally the bane of my DIY existence. (I cant tell you how may times I have said someone needs to invent a battery powered light bulb.) But the whole reason this project is adorbs is because of the cord. So show it off! Make sure that you have as much of the cord in the lamp as possible!
So what do you think? Do you have someone on your list that could use this sweet lamp?
Love Your Guts, Mandi