Simple & Easy Repurposed "Pumpkin" From A Lamp Base

12 Materials
Being obsessed with making lamps, we have an array of parts to choose from. Sometimes those parts and pieces become lamps, other times they don't.
Take this lamp for example...
I knew I wanted to paint it whenever the day came for it to be a great lamp. I did not know however, it would never become a lamp. I looked at it one day and saw a pumpkin.

Now, I could have easily kept the color the same since it's in the orange family but, I really wanted something fresher and decided to paint it with RUST-OLEUM's Ocean Mist; a beautiful pale, pastel blue. Three coats of spray paint later and it was done.
I rifled through our 1,000 drawers of various nuts and bolts looking for something to use as the pumpkin stem and tried a few types but, I wasn't really diggin' 'em. Then I thought of finials.

Again, with our stash of lamp parts, I knew we had a few. So, I settled on this finial and two other parts I found. The lamp's base is hollow so I slipped the washer over the bolt and slid the bolt up through the top and screwed the finial on.
I honestly thought about stopping here and while I think it's gorgeous, I thought it was lacking. I broke out the Mod Podge and some burlap fabric in order to make little cutouts of squash leaves.
After the Mod Podge had dried, I cut out a little square only slightly bigger than the leaf and cut around it.
Then, with some pastel green embroidery thread and a larger needle, I poked through each leaf and tied them around the finial.
I'm really liking what I see on-line with the more pastel fall decor along with other non-traditional ways of decorating and I think this fulfills that. Are you a traditional decorator or do you like what's considered non-traditional?
Suggested materials:
  • Old lamp base
  • RUST-OLEUM Ocean Mist Spray Paint
  • Finial
See all materials
Angie @ Ambient Wares
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation
3 of 36 comments