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How to Make a Table Lamp at Home

A table lamp adds to the decor of a room in two ways: it provides light where it is needed, and it is a decoration that can expand on a room's theme. Lamps can be made from almost anything: piano legs, old books, wine bottles, cigar boxes, metal toys, and anything else you can think of. Add whimsy to a child's room by making a lamp from stacked wooden alphabet blocks, or bring romance to your dining room with a teacup lamp.

Drill a hole at the bottom of the bottle near the base so the lamp will sit level on a table.

Insert the cord into the hole you drilled and push it up through the body of the bottle so it comes out the neck. Thread the cord through the spindle of the rubber cork. Push the cork into the bottle until it is secure.

Screw the harp base to the spindle. Fill the bottle with marbles, sand, or another material to help stabilise the lamp when it is sitting on a table.

Split the cord into two pieces about 2 inches down, then strip each piece of cord about a ½ inch from the end and connect both pieces to the socket. The wires and socket terminals are colour coded to make it easy to match them properly. Tighten the terminal screws.

Screw the socket to the spindle and tighten the screw. Attach the socket assembly together by snapping the cover into the base.

Attach the harp to the harp base and place the lamp shade on top of the harp. Screw the finial to the top of the harp, securing the lamp shade.

Things You'll Need

  • Wine bottle
  • Drill
  • Glass-cutting drill bit
  • Lamp cord with plug
  • Lamp kit or individual lamp parts
  • Rubber cork
  • Harp and harp base
  • Marbles, sand, or another material
  • Socket and cover
  • Wire strippers
  • Screwdriver
  • Lamp shade
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About the Author

Laurie Durkee has been a freelance writer since 2009. She is published on eHow, where she specializes in gardening, home decorating and home improvement. Durkee attended classes in behavioral science at Southern Maine Community College.