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DIY Lamp out of Vase
DIY Lamp out of Vase
By: Riley, Categories: Crafts, 0 comments

I had this awesome vase that I filled with sea shells I collect, but it wasn’t very practical to just be sitting around in my small living room. So I went on a mission to make it into a lamp!

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You’ll find the original post to create the faux cork here!
This is the post that inspired me to make mine into a lamp!

What You’ll Need:

  • The basic lamp kits that you buy at Lowe’s and you may need a harp depending on your lamp shade.
  • Something to use as a base – mine is the vase full of shells!
  • A styrofoam cone – I got mine at AC Moore
  • ModPodge
  • Serrated Knife
  • Brown paper bag (i used a grocery paper bag)
  • Foam brush
  • screw driver/pencil (something to put a hole in the foam!)
  • super glue
  • lamp shade of your choice

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find out how wide the top of your base is before you go to the craft store to buy a styrofoam cone. I bought a 9″x4″ cone so it would stick out of the top of the bottle a little bit!

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ONE: You can follow the directions for the faux cork blog that I listed above if you’d like. Here’s what I did:

  1. measure how much of the styrofoam cone you need for your “cork”
  2. use the serrated knife to cut off the styrofoam you need
  3. tear the paper bag into pieces between 3/4″ and 1″ with rough edges
  4. coat the front and back of the paper bag pieces with modpodge and stick them to the styrofoam cone
  5. continue to coat and stick the paper pieces around the cone except for the bottom
  6. I set mine outside to dry in the sun for about half an hour then finished coating the bottom
  7. let the modpodge dry thoroughly before continuing

TWO: Once you’ve let your faux cork dry the fun begins!

  1. Stick a screw driver (or a pencil) in the middle of the top, poke a hole about 1/2 way through the cork, doesn’t have to be exact just wide enough to thread the lamp cord through.
  2. 1/2 way down on the side of the cork poke a hole angled up a little to meet up with the hole you made on top.
  3. add the metal piece included with the kit in the top hole and thread the cord through the side and out the top, like this:


  1. assemble the rest of the lamp kit as directed by the kit package instructions!
  2. I added super glue where the metal rod is in the top of the faux cork to stabilize it a little. Once I put the lamp shade on it was a little wobbly. So the super glue helped!
  3. should come out looking like this:

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And here’s my final product
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Hope you enjoyed it!

I’ll be back soon with the second part of my easy fall decorations, mean while check out the first part!

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