Switching to LEDs? Then you might find yourself with a lot of old lamps lying around the house. To avoid waste and add personalized features to your home, office, celebrations and parties, we’ve selected some of our favorites ideas to revamp old lamps from DIY blogs and forums. Feeling creative? Then keep reading!
1. Homemade oil lamps
We love this idea: a clever way to maintain the original purpose of the lamp, but go back in time to a world without electricity.
To make your oil lamp, you will need oil (even olive oil works), a wick (try shoes laces or string) and a small metal washer. Take your pre-prepared old lamp and glue the washer to the bottom of it. This will enable the lamp to stand. Once the lamp is stable, pour the oil into the lamp until it is about two thirds full. Next add your wick. Thread it through the neck until it is immersed in the oil. To hold the thread in place at the top of the lamp, you can use a small piece of tin, for example from a drinks can or a bottle lid, and cut a small “x” in it to thread your wick through. Once the wick is completely soaked in oil (this can take a few hours), you can light it. Remember to always keep an eye on open flames. Store in a safe place and wait for the next power cut. Read more here.
3. Hanging vases
Create a modern feel with these minimalist glass holders for flowers and plants.
Making these vases is very simple: take your pre-prepared lamp and tie string tightly around the neck, creating a loop in the other end of the string to hook onto something. Then fill the lamp with water, add a few individual flowers and hang. Note: a group of several hanging vases can be used to decorate a larger space. Standing varieties can also be made.
4. Twine pears
Add a rustic look to your home with this DIY centerpiece. Simple to assemble, all you need is natural-looking string, glue and some time. This step by step guide talks your through it.
5. Candle holders
Instead of using old wine bottles, why not use old lamps to support your candles? By painting your lamps and adding weight and support to ensure they stand up, you can simply add a candle of the correct width.
6. Salt and pepper pots
Brighten up any meal with these DIY spice shakers. The main job here is to create the lids for sprinkling the salt, pepper, etc. Many people use old plastic bottle lids. Find out how here.
7. Wall hooks
This one is a bit more technical and involves concrete, but is still doable. Working against time as the concrete sets, you can add it to the pre-prepared lamps, making sure they are completely and evenly filled. Whilst the concrete is still soft, add a large screw to the neck end, making sure enough is sticking out to screw into a wall later. Then it’s just a waiting game. Once completely set, you can carefully break the glass surrounding the concrete and you’ll have a lamp-shaped hook. Remember: always wear safety goggles and gloves when working with glass.
Watch the roots of your plants growing through glass, in this science-project-like idea. Old lamps can provide the perfect viewing window – although of course eventually, your plants might run out of space. See this idea in action.
9. Candy holders
Decorate and fill old lamps with sweets to provide a gift alternative to a box of chocolates. Get some ideas here.
10. Christmas ornaments
From snowmen to penguins, you’d be surprised how versatile a lamp can be. What do you need? Paint, glue, glitter and a splash of imagination. You also can’t go wrong with a smiley face! Find some inspiration here.
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