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Make a cork table lamp

Filed Under: home decor, weekend projects, Crafts, lighting

cork lamps with green lampshadeI went to the store the other day and perused the selection of lamps. Talk about cheap crap, er, I mean expensive junk. I couldn't find a lamp under $20 that wasn't ugly or in need of some serious style. I came home totally bummed that I didn't find the perfect lamp.

Design*Sponge's Kate has made some really cool cork lamps. Her perfect lamps are made out of cork, Ikea cutlery caddies, and an Ikea plant pot. She got her lamp wiring kit at the hardware store and purchased her lampshade from Anthropologie.

Kate's instructions are precise and very easy to follow. She explains exactly how to put the lamps together, where to put the lamp wiring through the cork base, and finishes off with some awesome pictures of her completed cork lamps.

Cork is so versatile. You can tack some pictures on the cork, or decorate your new lamp however you wish. You can even paint the cork, if plain brown bores you. Either way, this is the perfect weekend project. I will definitely add this to my project list.


  • pamphyila

    You can also more easily make lamps out of decorative bottles + bottle convertors (from hardware store) + lampshade ----Or just get used lamps. We have a whole collection of THOSE. If wiring is funky, they are very easy to re-wire.

  • karin

    I would like to get the instrutions for the e-z cork lamp. It looks like what I;ve been searching for!!

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