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Transform an Old Vase Into Your New Favourite Lamp in 7 Easy Steps


Is it a vase, a vahz or a lamp? Whatever you call it, turning a vase into a lamp is a fun and easy way to breathe new life into a home decor accessory. Although you can purchase a new vase for this DIY project, we recommend keeping it green by visiting your local thrift store first. Ready to get started? Here’s how to turn an old vase into a lamp in just seven easy steps.


Materials Required:

  • Vase
  • Painters tape
  • 8mm diamond drill bit
  • Drill
  • Lamp kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Liquid cement glue
  • Lampshade
  • Lightbulb

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Lamp kit acccessory and tan circular vase.
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Step One: Use painter’s tape to mark where you want your cord to be on your vase.
Step Two: Attach an 8mm diamond drill bit to the drill and create your hole. Be patient and apply gentle pressure. We recommend adding a few drops of water to the drilling area.
Step Three: Feed the cord through the hole and out the top of the vase.

A person screwing a lamp shade into a homemade lamp
The Craft Aisle

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Step Four: Follow the instructions for the lamp kit to wire the lamp. Tip: Test that the light is wired correctly by using a bulb and plugging it in before attaching it to the vase.
Step Five: Secure with liquid cement and tape in place. Let your lamp dry for 24 hours.
Step Six: Attach the lamp shade holder and lamp shade.
Step Seven: Plug it in and enjoy. Congratulations, you just turned a vase into a lamp!

A circular vase-lamp on a nightstand with flowers, candles and books
The Craft Aisle


Photos and video courtesy of The Craft Aisle. 

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