Book Lamp

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Incase you were not aware, Angela is competing in Season 11 of So You Think You're Crafty. Voting for week 3 is up. This week is knock-off week. Head on over to vote for your favorite project.
Last weeks theme for the competition was thrift store. I had been wanting to make this book lamp for quite some time. I was glad that I finally had an excuse to get it done.

I really enjoyed working on this project. I got to use a drill. I also learned how to re wire a lamp. It was fun doing something a little different than I normally do when it comes to crafting.

The lamp was not that hard to put together. I started with a few old books, a lamp, and a lamp shade all purchased from the thrift store.

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I first measured to find the center of each book. I made sure to mark that spot.


Then I drilled holes through the center of the books.


Then I got to de wire the lamp. I used this diagram that I found on pinterest. It clearly explains how to do so. And after the lamp was stripped down to its skinniest, I slid the books down the lamp.


Next I took the shade off of the lamp. I just wanted to use the base.


I wanted the lamp shade to have the look of a wire basket. I took gardening wire, which is really easy to manipulate, and I wrapped strands around the bare lamp shade…


…just like so. Once I had added enough wire, I spray painted it a metallic bronze color. I was was working on this project outside, just as I started to spray paint the shade it started to rain. I had to hurry and get the lamp and all of the tools inside. I forgot to get a picture of me painting the shade. I think we all know what that looks like.


And then all I had to do was rewire the lamp, using that same diagram from above. Then ta da… I know have my very own book lamp.



  1. Genius. Glad I voted for the right one. :) I thought it was the best. Great job!

  2. This is awesome! I just posted my lamp fail on my blog! I took the fabric off the shade and it ended up being in two seperate pieces!! I was stressing out over that thing!!! Yours looks awesome though!!
    Visiting from Show and Tell Party!

  3. I love this! Such a unique lamp!

  4. This is sooo cute. I love it and would love if you shared it on my link party.


  5. Love it! I mean - I love books and I love lamps, so your creation rocks!!!

  6. I love this lamp! Vintage looking books - and that shade!!!

  7. That is toooo cute.
    Im now following you and hope you'll come visit me at and follow back??? THANKS.

  8. I love this! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


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