I am always looking for ways to reuse Valentine’s Day Vases. Empty Valentine’s Day Vases seem like such a waste to throw away. An empty Valentine’s Day Vase is the perfect base for a lamp. Thanks to easy to install lamp kits you can do this project at home in no time.
You can buy a lamp kit at almost any arts and craft stores as well as at most hardware store. Generally you should expect to pay about $10 to $15 for the lamp kit. You need to provide your own lampshade, light bulb, and lamp base!
To Make a Lamp Out of an Old Valentine’s Day Vase
You Will Need:
Glass or Ceramic Cutting Drill Bit
Valentine’s Day Vase
Plumbing pipe cut to size
The first step is to completely clean out the inside of your empty Valentine’s Day Vase. I like to run some water into the vase, put a few drops of bleach in, and then scrub the vase. Rinse it out with clean water.
Let your empty Valentine’s Day Vase sit out and dry completely; everyone knows water electricity does not mix.
Now, take your power drill, with the glass drill bit, and drill a small hole in the bottom of the Valentine’s Day Vase. You want this hole to be right above the edge of the vase. This is where the electrical cord will be coming out of your lamp. If you have this cord coming out form underneath your vase your lamp will not be stable or sturdy.
Install you lamp kit follow their instructions. Each lamp kit product will be different and it is best to use their specific instructions.
Use a plumbing pipe cut to size to make a central column inside of the vase. You can run the wires through it and out the hole you drilled on the side. Once the wires are out where they need to be you can epoxy the metal pipe in place vertically. Ask your local home improvement store if they will drill out a hole in the side of the pipe near the bottom. If not, just run an extra thick bead of epoxy to accommodate for the electrical wires.
Run your electrical cord out of the hole in the bottom of your Valentine’s Day Vase.
Add a light bulb and a small lampshade and you are set!
-Don’t limit yourself to regular sized Valentine’s Day Vase. There are double and even tripe sized vases out there.
-A colored Valentine’s Day Vase is great for this project.
-You can change the look of your vase by painting a coat of decoupage over it. You can buy decoupage in a matte finish or a shiny finish. They all dry clear.
-To age your decoupaged Valentine’s Day Vase try rubbing wood gel stain on it. You can do this before or after you decoupage. You could also use a light coat of watercolor paint or even cold coffee to age the wine bottle label.
-Customize a plain Valentine’s Day Vase by photocopying a photograph onto plain white paper. Cut it out with scissors and decoupage it to the bottle. This makes a great anniversary gift or even a birthday gift for any wine lovers out there. You could use a photo from a trip or a special occasion worthy of remembering.
-Fill a clear empty Valentine’s Day Vase with fun objects like sand, marble, pea gravel and even dried rose petals for a fun accent detail. Stick to dry ingredients since this is a lamp!