Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to Make a DIY Glass Lamp (And Why Diamonds Really Are a Girl's Best Friend)

Someone must have been crossing their fingers like I asked because this project finally worked. I was beginning to think that I would have to scrap the idea of having a pair of glass lamps. However, if you use the right materials, it really is pretty easy.

If you’re interested in making your own glass lamp I have a few hints for you, so that you can learn from our mistakes.

  • Glass Vase
  • Lamp Kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Drill
  • 3/8 " Diamond Glass Drill Bit
  • Lamp Shade

First you need to pick out your glass vase that you’ll use for the lamp base. Keep in mind that you’ll be flipping the vase over, so you want to make sure that the vase opening is not too narrow that it would create an unsteady base. Make sure that the diameter is also wide enough that you can easily maneuver your hand inside the vase—this is important when you’re assembling the lamp kit.

Also, I wanted to have the ability to display a few objects at times in the lamp, so consider the size of the objects you want to display in picking your vase.

We went with cylinder vase that is 14” tall and 6” in diameter that we found at Hobby Lobby. They were originally $19.99 but we got them at 50% off.

Drilling Into the Glass

Next you’ll need to drill a hole into the bottom of the vase, so that you can attach the lamp kit. The best way we found was to keep running water on the glass while you are drilling. I’d advise you to lay a towel down in your kitchen sink so the vase doesn’t slide around. I used the sprayer attachment while Josh drilled through the base of the vase. Be careful to not apply too much pressure.

This is where we ran into a problem. Originally we went to Home Depot and bought a regular glass and tile bit. It looked like this:

Don’t get that one.

Otherwise this will probably happen:

Spend the extra $5 and get the diamond glass and tile bit. It will look like this:

With the first bit, we followed the directions. We were careful. It took over 20 minutes of careful drilling, but then the glass cracked.

I was so disappointed.

The diamond drill bit made such a difference. Same process. It only took about 2 minutes. No breakage.

Just remember, it’s true: Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.

At least when you’re drilling into glass.

Assembling the Lamp

Next you assemble the lamp kit. It’s pretty easy. Just follow the directions. This is where the screwdriver and pliers are helpful. 

I bought our lamp kit at Walmart for $5. It has a white cord, which was fine with me. You can get a gold or silver cord lamp kit at Home Depot for $10. I didn’t care enough to pay double for a different cord color, but that’s just my opinion. Get the one you want.

Then add your lamp shade and a light bulb.

Plug it in . . . . hold your breath that it works . . . and success!

What do you think?

Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

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  1. I loved how this post was very real, genuine and fun to read! My question is: Since you cracked one glass vase, did you buy another one or did you end up only making the one?

  2. @Betsy @ Romance on a Dime Thanks!
    We did go ahead and buy another vase. We put the second lamp together yesterday, so we actually have two matching lamps in our bedroom now! I love 'em.

  3. Love it! I'm glad if finally worked out for you. And btw way, diamonds are a girl's best friend in any situation too, not just vases. :)

  4. Nice job, I love it! And thanks for the tip on the diamond tip bit.


  5. @- BrittanyThanks, Brittany.
    Hopefully that little tip can save other people from the headache we had.

  6. Nice job, I love it! And thanks for the tip on the diamond tip bit.


  7. I loved how this post was very real, genuine and fun to read! My question is: Since you cracked one glass vase, did you buy another one or did you end up only making the one?

  8. Great job! I didn't know that these things were possible.

  9. I think it's brilliant! would never have thought of using a vase as a lamp but it looks really great.
    isn't it funny how so often spending an extra $5 can save you maybe 20? And now you're the proud owner of another diamond!

  10. I know.. Girls like diamonds in all situations..Anyway your work is appreciable..
    Diamond Core Drill Bits

  11. You could stuff the bottom of the lamp with seasonal stuff to hide the cord (rubber masks, rubber spiders and webbing, popcorn, pumpkins, etc.)

  12. O I love it! The fact that you could put things into it to display also makes it doubly brilliant!

  13. I have a glass vase that I want to use but I will not be turning it upside down. It is rounded at bottom and fluted at top, also I have already the lamp cord and stuff that I saved from a broken lamp. So will I just need to drill a hole into the bottom side for the cord to com out? thanks

  14. sorry- for the cord to come out

  15. Yes. It sounds from your description that just drilling a hole near the bottom is all you have to do, as long as you have a way of affixing the lamp kit to the open end of the vase. If the it's fluted then it probably wouldn't be too much of a problem. Good luck!

  16. Did the cord coming out of the bottom make the lamp unstable at all?

    1. If you touch them firmly they wobble a tiny bit, but since the vases we used are on the heavier side, they aren't too unstable. If you're concerned about it I'd suggest you test it out before making them by putting something about the width of a cord under the edge of the vase and gently tap on it.


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