Create a DIY Table Lamp From a Vase - It's Easier Than You Think!

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If you're looking for a quick and easy way to add some style to your home décor, then this DIY table lamp is the perfect project for you. With just a few simple supplies, you can turn a plain vase into a lovely and eye-catching piece of lighting.

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This lamp is perfect for any room in your home, and it makes a great statement piece. It's also super easy to make, so even if you're not the most handy person, you can still successfully complete this project.

Seven-inch cork trivet

You will need a seven-inch cork trivet that will become the table lamp base.

One-and-a-half-inch wooden beads

You will also need a pile of one and a half-inch wooden beads and some smaller ones, as well as butcher string.


Measuring string around a cork trivet

1. Measure and cut string

To start building my DIY lamp, I took the string and wrapped it loosely around the trivet to get a rough idea of how long I needed to make the beaded garland.

In order to tie the string, I cut off a bit more than what I needed.

Double knotting the end of the string

2. Double knot the end of the string

Next, I double-knotted the end of my string and threaded it onto a large yarn needle. This made it easier to string on the beads when making the beaded garland.  

Threading a large wooden bead onto a yarn needle

3. Create the wood bead garland

I started the garland by adding three of the larger wooden beads.

Adding smaller beads to the string

Then I added on some smaller beads. The smaller ones are just under an inch and I added two of them. I continued this pattern of three large to two small until my string was almost full.  

Measuring the finished beaded garland around the glass vase

Once the beads were strung, I used a large glass cylinder to make sure I had the right length. It was the same cylinder that I will stack them around later.  

Finishing off the beaded garland by knotting the end

With the length correct, I threaded the needle through the knot in the end and tied it in a tight knot.  

Placing a wood bead garland over the glass vase

I then continued making the sets of beads until I had enough to fill up the entire outside of the cylinder.  

DIY lamp holder

4. Spray paint the cork trivet

With the bead garlands done, I took some almond spray paint from Krylon and sprayed the trivet.  

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5. Glue the trivet to the glass vase

I let the paint dry and when it was dry, I took some contact cement and attached it to the bottom of the glass cylinder.  

I removed all the beaded garlands from the cylinder vase for this step, to make sure I was attaching the pieces correctly.

Glass cylinder vase with a wood bead garland around it

6. Replace the garlands

After the glue was set, I took my beads and put them back over the top of the glass cylinder. I just laid them one on top of the other, continuing this way until I reached the top of the vase.

I didn't have to attach the beads together at all since they sat nice and snugly one on top of the other.  

Sticking an old spindle to the inside of the vase

7. Add a spindle

Once I had that done, I took my contact cement and put a bit on the inside bottom of the glass vase and glued down a Styrofoam block and an old spindle.  

A puck light strung to the inside of a lamp shade

8. Assemble the light

When the glue was fully dry, I began assembling my lamp by stringing a puck light to the inside of a lamp shade. 

Attaching the lamp shade to the spindle

9. Attach the shade to the spindle

To finish off the project, I placed the lampshade onto the spindle of my DIY lamp holder.  

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DIY table Lamp from Vase

Create a DIY table Lamp from a Vase

I absolutely love how this project turned out! It looks gorgeous in my living room.

If I don't want to use it as a lamp, I can easily remove the shade, spindle, and foam and use it as a vase. It's so versatile, and I'm so happy with the final product. 

Let me know in the comments what you think, I always love hearing your thoughts.

See you next time!

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  • Yhs21935741 Yhs21935741 on Feb 17, 2022

    Where did you get puck light? I had to do a Google search because I didn't even know what it was.

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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Feb 19, 2022

    What a great way of getting a bit of light for a corner of the living room or bedroom. Nice job.