How to Make Your Own Lamps & Lampshades

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How to Make Your Own Lamps & Lampshades
Recycle your empty wine bottle into the base of a lamp. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Decorate your home with inexpensive and crafty light alternatives to store-bought lamps. Not only are homemade lamps simple to make, they are more creative and can be custom-tailored to fit your home decor aesthetic. With a convenient do-it-yourself lamp cord kit, you can turn almost any household item into a lamp. And with some fabric and a glue gun, you can give any old lampshade a bright makeover.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Empty wine bottle
  • Cork stopper lamp kit
  • Drill
  • Mini Christmas lights, set of 35
  • Chopstick
  • Lampshade
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Pins

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    Simple Wine Bottle Lamp

  1. 1

    Rinse and dry an empty wine bottle. Remove the cork.

  2. 2

    Insert the cork end of the lamp cord (from the cork stopper kit) into the mouth of the wine bottle. Push in to secure. If you want to use a regular homemade lamp kit, you will need to follow the product's specific instructions. However, you may need to drill a hole near the bottom of the bottle to pull the cord through.

  3. 3

    Twist a light bulb into the metal base. Plug into electrical socket and turn on lamp.

    Twinkling Wine Bottle Accent Lamp

  1. 1

    Rinse and dry empty wine bottle. An inch from the base of the bottle, drill a hole big enough for the Christmas lights to pass through. Use a drill press for more control.

  2. 2

    Insert a string of Christmas lights into the bottle, through the drilled hole. Use a chopstick to distribute the lights within the bottle.

  3. 3

    Replace the cork in the bottle. Plug into an electrical socket and turn on. Make several bottles and line them in a row for more light.

    No-Sew Fabric Lampshade

  1. 1

    Cut several equal fabric strips, longer than the length of the lampshade. Make enough pieces to cover the entire lampshade.

  2. 2

    Arrange a strip vertically on the lampshade so that there is overhang at both the top and bottom of the shade.

  3. 3

    Pin the fabric to the lampshade. Lift the fabric and dot hot glue on the lampshade. Press fabric onto glue and hold for a few seconds. When glue is set, remove pins.

  4. 4

    Continue pinning then gluing more fabric strips to the lamp. Overlap the fabric to cover fringes or rough edges.

  5. 5

    Trim the overhang from the top and bottom of the lamp, leaving enough to fold over the edge. Glue or pin the overhang to the underside of the lamp.

Tips and warnings

  • For an antique lampshade, cover with lace doilies as your fabric.

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