How to build a vase table lamp

Written by katherine kally
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You don't have to be an electrician to build a vase table lamp, thanks to readily available lamp kits from craft, discount and home improvement stores. Lamp kits include the components necessary to create a lamp from a variety of objects; you merely need to select the type of kit that suits your project, such as a table or hanging lamp. Pre-wired light sockets simplify the process of creating lamps, making this decorative craft project accessible to anyone.

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Things you need

  • Vase
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Lamp kit
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Wooden lamp base
  • Light bulb
  • Lamp shade

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  1. 1

    Mark the centre of the bottom of the vase you selected to make the table lamp out of. Measure the diameter of the trod rod in the lamp kit.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole in the centre bottom of the vase that will fit the threaded rod. Make sure to use the appropriate drill bit for the job; use a diamond bit to drill a glass vase or a ceramic bit to drill a ceramic vase.

  3. 3

    Center the threaded rod inside the vase and insert one end through the drilled hole so that four inches of the threaded rod protrude from the bottom of the vase.

  4. 4

    Fit the centre hole in the wooden lamp base over the rod protruding from the bottom of the vase.

  5. 5

    Attach the locking nut from the lamp kit to the end of the threaded rod as it exits the lamp base.

  6. 6

    Tighten the hex nut over the threaded rod inside the vase down to the bottom of the vase. The hex nut and the locking nut will secure the threaded rod to the lamp base and to the vase.

  7. 7

    Fit the threaded neck component from the lamp kit over the top of the threaded rod in the vase. Screw the neck onto the threaded rod to tighten it.

  8. 8

    Fit the base of the lamp harp over the threaded neck and secure it with a locking nut.

  9. 9

    Fit the pre-wired light socket that is included in the lamp kit over the threaded neck and tighten. The electrical cord runs from the light socket to the outlet.

  10. 10

    Attach the sides of the lamp harp into the slots on the lamp harp base. Add the light bulb.

  11. 11

    Remove the finial from the top of the lamp harp. Fit the lampshade over the top of the harp. Re-attach the finial.

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