The glass lamp!

Glass lamp into vase post was unanimous….

Everyone’s comments…….It needed to be a lamp.

So, lamp it is!

Easy Peasy…….

And done.

Lamp kit.

Cheap shade from Home Goods.

Wah Lah!

I didn’t drill a hole into the vase…….

The cord was the only reason I was going to.

Instead, I used these on top of my vase to screw the lamp parts into.

They are mounting plates.

They are not meant for this project.

They are used when you hang a ceiling light.

But the hole in the center of the mounting plates was the same size as the lamp screw thingy…..

So, I used two so it would be stable then rigged up some screws and nuts on the edges to grip the mouth of this vase.

It doesn’t wobble and is sturdy, so far.

I then coated each screw and nut in glue from my glue gun.

Using these mounting strips allowed me to pull the lamp cord out of the glass vase and run it along the back of the vase.

I used my glue gun to make a line of glue that I put the cord in, so that it would lay “flush” on the vase and you wouldn’t notice it.

I wouldn’t use a super hot glue gun. You don’t want to melt your cord. It does pull off and glue cleans up easily. I found that out by accident.

You’re welcome.

So, use enough glue to hold the cord. If you want permanent solution you could use a clear drying glue.

I wanted everything removable in case I ever wanted this to be a vase again, or if I found out that it was an antique.

I have that fear from too many “Antique Roadshow” episodes, where the announcer says….
“If this piece would not have been “tampered” with, it would be worth bookoo thousands more dollars”.

So….just in case they show up here with camera’s….it can all come off.
Can you imagine?!

Ya’ never know.

Remember my Good Will F. Cooper lamp? Here is that past link.….If I am not sure of a piece, then I play it safe.

But, removable or not, lamp it is!

Totally sturdy and mission accomplished.

It took about 45 minutes but that was because I was trying to figure out how to rig the mouth of my vase.

There are “stoppers” provided in the kits for smaller mouthed vases.

There are apparently also corks for this kind of project but it would have meant the cord running into the vase and out of the bottom of the vase through a hole…..

Not what I wanted.

You honestly do not see the cord at all.

I didn’t use my bamboo “tablecloth” shade that was on my other lamp.

I bought this “linen” look one from Home Goods and I think it gives me the look I want.

I may cover it with the “tablecloth” to match my other lamp.

I have several different lamp looks going on and it’s getting on my nerves.

Can you imagine something getting on my nerves?

I’m sure my hubby and children can’t.

My curtains are getting on my nerves….just so you know.

They have been with me over 11 years….it may be time for them to go.

The lamp is not on my nerves.

Love it!

Good Will score!

Lamp success!

I was imagining how many lamps you could make like this…..

I think I might have to come up with another one.

What do you think?

Could you do this with a glass vase?

Any kind of vase?

Let me know your thoughts!



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44 thoughts on “The glass lamp!

  • October 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    What an AWESOME looking lamp!! This is gorgeous!! You are so creative! Great job!

  • October 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    It turned out beautiful!!!  It was so meant to be a lamp, unless of course it is a rare vase that is worth millions. 🙂  Great job!!!

  • October 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    My goodness…that is one good looking THRIFTY lamp!!!! Thanks for sharing it at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY party:)


  • October 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I have an old glass butter churn..that no longer has it’s intended “guts”.  I bet it would make an awesome lamp…Thankyou so very much for the “how to make it happen”

  • October 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    It turned out beautiful!! I love the way you did it, running the wire down the back…..very clever!!!
    If you ever get sick of it, can I have it?;)

  • October 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Love it!  Looks like you got it from PB…no lie!  You are so good at finding awesome stuff!  And so creative in fixing them up to fit your need!

  • October 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Love it!  It makes a much nicer lamp, although it was pretty as a vase.

  • October 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Dear Me,

    I love it! You are so clever to have come up with a solution that wouldn’t mar the integrity of the glass. Looks wonderful on your table.


  • October 26, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Ya done good, kid!  The lamp is beautiful (with its current shade) and you are right.  Can’t see the cord except in the shot you’re showing it and the glue gun.  Can I be as talented as you some day? LOL
    P.S.  I’m a long time email subscriber.  I have a new blog (I’m still learning the ropes) and had no idea how hard it would be for me, but I’d love it if you stop by:  Like I said don’t know what I’m doing with that name 🙂

  • October 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    That is just so gorgeous Rebecca!! Perfect solution for the cord dilemma and I think it looks fantastic!

  • October 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks! I find myself checking out your blog to see what is going on in between my emails! So full of ideas! Thanks for stopping by! Love, Me

  • October 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you! How I love todays post on your blog! Such a neat idea! I am a mirror re-user and never thought to monogram for baby gifts! Your new follower! Love, Me

  • October 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Yes Kate, you may….don’t know if I will get tired of it though ; ). I do think the cord may need a little more “permanent” solution or I need to use more hot glue. It does peel up easy. So just be aware! ; ) Love, Me

  • October 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you Jenny!  Your home made oreo’s from your post today are calling out to me to make them! Thank you for stopping by! Love, Me

  • October 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Michelle, thank you for stopping by and how cool would that be if it was a rare vase! ; ) I do believe it may not be but it sure makes a great lamp! Love, Me

  • October 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    wow, its great i love it, i found this via funky junk. xxx

  • October 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Wow! It’s gorgeous! Great job!

  • November 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    sheesh…your goodwill store is waaaay fancier than mine.  but, you rocked this vase turned lamp and i probably would’ve walked right past it so things worked out just dandy.

    job well done!  (visiting from hope studios!)

  • November 2, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Great score! I love it!

  • November 2, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Beautiful job! What a great find!

  • November 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Nicely done!!!!

  • November 3, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I really liked how you glued the cord to the base to make it “disappear.” Really cool lamp!

  • November 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    that looks fabulous!  what a great find, and great idea to make it into a lamp.  it’s even better this way than just being a pretty nonfunctional piece.

  • November 3, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I love the shape, it makes a lovely lamp – I can’t imagine it not being a lamp!

  • November 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Wow, the lamp is beautiful and I Love the color of the glass.  It looks like something from a very expensive shop. Thanks for linking to the Open House party this week.

  • February 23, 2015 at 4:24 am

    It’s so funny. I bought 2 vases from Homegoods about 2 weeks ago and was debating what to do with them. I thought to myself maybe I’ll make them into lamps. So I search online for a how to guide and I stumbled across your lamp on Pinterest and it is exactly the same vases I bought lol. It came out beautifully and has now totally given me the confidence I needed to start my diy lamps. Thanks 🙂


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