12 May 2011
Turning a Glass Vase Into a Lamp Tutorial by Aaron
Hey y'all! I'm Aaron and I blog at The Thrifty Abode. I'm a wife, mother, and teacher and I blog about my attempts at creating a beautiful home on a small budget. I'm pretty much a newbie blogger so I'm super excited to be guesting on such a popular and established blog! Thanks for having me Cassity!
I absolutely love finding a bargain or a knock-off that looks exactly like an item from Pottery Barn, West Elm, or ______________(fill in your favorite inspiring, but out of budget store here). What's even better is creating the item from things I already own and a couple things I found at a hardware store.
That's exactly what I did with my glass jug and $18 I spent at Lowe's.
I turned this:
I'd been working on refreshing my living room and looking for a cheaper version of one of these lamps.
I knew that bottle lamp kits were sold at Lowe's so all I had to do was figure out how to put a hole in my jug. With a little research I found out that I needed a ceramic cutting drill bit. I made a trip to Lowe's and picked up the kit and bit (I got the 5/16") for $18.
I got my supplies home and got drilling! I put some tape on the jug because I was nervous about it cracking. Thank goodness it didn't crack, but it did take about five minutes of drilling to make a hole big enough for the cord to fit.
After the hole was made, all I had to do was follow the instructions on the lamp kit packaging (it's surprisingly easy). I only had to make one adjustment. The stoppers that are included in the kit were all too small for the opening of my jug, so I used a little hot glue to create a seal so the stopper would fit. The hot glue worked great and you can't even tell it's there.
Here's the finished product again:
New money spent:
- drill bit: $8
- lamp kit: $10
Here's what it would cost if all the parts had to be bought new:
- bit and kit: $18
- jug: $10-$15 (The shelves of HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, and Marshall's are littered with glass jug thingies. Mine was $15, but I've seen ones the same size for $10.)
- drum shade: $15 from Wal-Mart's Canopy line
- lamp harp and prongs: $4 (you may need these depending on what kind of shade you have. These are also sold at Lowe's)
I hope you'll hop over to The Thrifty Abode and check out my other thrifty adventures in decorating.