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How To Make A Lamp Out Of A Vase

Oh My Goodness! This months Int’l Bloggers Club [IBC] is here and let me tell ya, it is such a fun one! Let me rephrase that. It is such a challenging one! Or both, fun and challenging. That sounds about right. When we decided on this months theme, we made it a real challenge this time. We wanted to do something different, something new. So each one of us will step out of their comfort zone and do something they’ve never done before! So, today I will show you how to make a lamp out of a vase! Believe me, it is a challenge for me, cause this is totally out of my comfort zone. I usually stick to my quick and easy little projects, but this one was really a lot of fun and a nice challenge for a change.

If you are new here, find out more about our Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge here. Last months theme was all about Valentine’s Day, see it here.



How To Make A Lamp Out Of A Vase

For a while now I was looking for a lamp with a huge round glass bottle base, but all the ones I liked were over my budget. So that is what I originally planned on making. I had ordered a really nice bottle online, it was about $16 and huge. All the ones I liked around here where I live were over 30 Euros, which would be around $36. I didn’t want to spend that much. Unfortunately, the bottle arrived in a million pieces. They were sent back and I went onto plan B.

I decided that I wasn’t going to order another one, but look for a different kind of base. I still want that bottle base, one day I will find another bottle and will make another lamp.

So instead, I chose to use a vase as my lamp base. It was sitting on top of my kitchen cabinets, so even better, cause there was no extra money spent.

What I used to make my lamp:

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a base like this one, or this one 

bottle lamp kit

[note: you first want to make sure what kind of base you will be using and then decide on the lamp cable kit and sizes]

lamp shade

hot glue gun


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1. Assemble your lamp kit following the directions on the package.


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I also chose to not have the cable run through the vase. I read about drilling holes into ceramic or glass using tape to avoid cracking, but I wanted to be safe and not have this base break as well. If you ever drilled into ceramic or glass, I am happy to hear any suggestions below for my next glass lamp project! 😉

2. My lamp kit did not exactly fit on the vase, since I had ordered it to fit on a bottle. I managed to glue it in between the vase top and the lamp shade using lots and lots of hot glue and air drying clay to stay centered. It is holding on firmly and worked out just fine. I’d recommend though finding a cable that fits the base you choose.

3. Add a light bulb and you’re done!


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And this is how it looks right now!

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Please pin for later!

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I have to say, it was a nice beginner DIY lamp project for me and I think I am confident to be trying out the bottle lamp next.

Remember to go check out the other ladies projects, I can’t wait to see their challenges!



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  • Linda
    08/03/2018 at 15:18

    Wow Katrin, the lamp came out amazing! Of course, I love the blue color. You make me feel like even I could make this LOL.

    • Katrin
      08/03/2018 at 19:40

      Hey Linda, thank you so much 🙂

  • Keri Roberts
    03/03/2018 at 15:57

    Katrin, great job on the vase lamp!! It looks wonderful. I think I would have been hesitant to drill through glass or ceramic as well. You did an amazing job on this!

    • Katrin
      06/03/2018 at 07:13

      Thanks so much Keri, I think next time I’ll be confident to try to drill!!

  • Ellen
    26/02/2018 at 22:25

    An amazingly kreative use of a vase, love it! The colors are just lovely and the shade compliments it perfectly. You really persevered and met this challenge beautifully! Years ago, my Son made a lamp using a wine bottle served at a friend’s wedding reception and then gave it to them for a first anniversary gift. I must ask him how he drilled the hole, because I know that he did. Thank-you!

    • Katrin
      02/03/2018 at 21:21

      Thank you so much Ellen. I really want to try the bottle lamp I just love those! What a great gift idea too!!

  • Pili
    26/02/2018 at 20:35

    Do you know I’ve always wanted to try the same but wires scare me so much? Love how yours turn out Katrin. I don’t know how was the bottle you ordered, but that vase is lovely and the lamp is so beautiful.

    • Katrin
      02/03/2018 at 21:09

      They scare me so much, so this kit is really helpful Pili. I feel a bit more confident now and definitely want to try out the bottle lamp too!

  • Mary
    26/02/2018 at 17:34

    Katrin you made it look so easy even I would give it a try. I LOOOOVE that base with the soft blue colors swirling around. I think it makes a great addition to your home.

    • Katrin
      02/03/2018 at 21:09

      Yes, that vase is really great as a base and I knew you would love the colours! Thanks friend <3

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    26/02/2018 at 13:52

    Your lamp looks fantastic, Katrin! Good thing you went out of your comfort zone for this project. This vase was just meant to be turned into a lamp. Great job! I haven’t tried yet to drill into glass or ceramic but I’ve heard about that tape trick. I’m not sure though I would have tried it on that lovely vase though.

    • Katrin
      01/03/2018 at 07:08

      Thank you Julia, I read about the tape trick and I think I will give that a go!

  • Michelle Leslie
    26/02/2018 at 09:18

    Yay, you did it Katrin and it turned out so lovely. I wasn’t aware that you could buy bottle lamp kits. That’s really good to know. My hubby has this neat trick when he drills drainage holes for our ceramic planters. He’ll use two pieces of masking tape to form a cross where the hole needs to go and then he uses a diamond drill bit to make the hole. It really works. Love how your lamp turned out.

    • Katrin
      01/03/2018 at 07:07

      Thanks so much Michelle, yay I did it! Well, now I am really itching to try out a bottle lamp drilling and all, haha!