Looking at the prices of lamps kind of makes my stomach queasy. Even the cheap ones are too expensive. My lamps are in desperate need of being upgraded. It isn't that I don't like them anymore, it's just that the lamp shades have to be fixed. Oh, and I don't like them.
Over on Instructables
, bekathwia has made a lamp from an old champagne-like bottle
. She recommends using a bottle that is heavier on the bottom, since a top-heavy lamp would be a fire hazard. I think you could weigh the bottle down with some colored sand
to avoid the issue of it toppling over.
You can purchase your lamp parts at the hardware store, but what fun would that be? Why not gather up the parts you've been saving just for this special lamp making day. A rubber stopper, a short threaded bar (which in my opinion could be a bolt with the head cut off), a bulb socket with cap, switch, and shell, some electrical wire
and of course, a wall plug. You know you have all of it stashed somewhere.
In any case, you should be able to follow the easy step by step instructions, and in no time flat, you'll have made your very own table lamp from a bottle. If this idea isn't up your alley, then check out these other lamp making ideas from DIY Life
, and you'll be sure to find something to suit your lamp tastes.