I have a tough time finding lamps I like, and when I do, they tend to be $300. It’s hard enough to contemplate spending $300 on one lamp, but I needed two. Combined, that’s the cost of a plane ticket to Belize, and as much as I appreciate beautiful light fixtures, I would rather go to Belize.
So, I made lamps.
I found the vases for my lamps in the clearance section of Target a couple months back. They had the general shape I wanted, and at only $10 apiece, it wouldn’t be a huge loss if they shattered as we attempted to drill holes in them.
To ensure the vase didn’t shatter when we my dad drilled into it, I taped the inside and the outside of the vase in both spots where we were drilling.
From there, it was simply a matter of following the instructions on the kits.
There were only 3-4 steps, and they were all fairly easy. You thread the wire through the hole in the back and then add the pipe and all of the base pieces to the top. Thread the wire through those so it pokes out through the middle, split the top of the wire and then follow the instructions on the kit to connect each half of the wire to the appropriate screws on the light-up-thingy (actual technical term: socket interior). Add the socket cover and harp, if applicable, and you’re good to go.
I do have one recommendation though that’s not included in the kit’s instructions: put a rubber washer between the metal washers and the ceramic or glass. That extra layer between the metal washer and the ceramic will help prevent cracks from developing in the future.
Now that I’m aware of my lamp-making options, I find so many things you could easily turn into lamps. A recent trip to West Elm alone uncovered four different lamp options (this one, this one, this one or, for a fabulous mid-century vibe, this one.)
Sorry $300 lamps. With options like these, you will not be in my future.
So what do you think of my new lamps? Do you have any suggestions for my lampshades? Am I the only one who would prioritize a trip to Central America over great lamps?
Oh, and by the way, the cost of each lamp came to about $39.50 apiece: $10 per vase, $11 per lamp kit, $15 each for the lampshades and 10% sales tax. If you got lucky, you may find a pair at HomeGoods for that price, but I never got that lucky. I don’t mind though. I like knowing that my lamps are unique to me.