Step 1: Choose Your Base Product
Things you will need:
- 1 x Neat Looking Customizable Product
- False Wheatgrass
Tools you will need:
- 1 x Drill and accompanying drill bits
- 1 x Saw (Handsaw or Jig Saw)
- 4 x Lightbulbs
- 4 x Fitting Lightbulb Sockets
- 2-3 metres of Electrical Wire
- 1 x Adjustable Knob
- 2 x Terminal Connectors (Or electrical tape)
- A small plank of wood
- 1 x Power Plug
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 1 x Epoxy Adhesive
To make this lamp easily, but also unique, you will find it helpful to pick an object you like from any thrift shop you can find. This box will be our base product in this case, as it was obtainable for only $8!
Step 2: Choose a Design
Our first step is to mark out the points to drill the holes on the top. We then drill through them with a drill bit that is slightly larger in diameter than the lightbulbs we're using. The holes are cleaned up with sandpaper to give a cleaner finish.
Step 3: Cut the Plank of Wood to the Right Size and Drill Holes
The lightbulb sockets will rest on the supporting bracket, and the wires from this socket extend downwards. Therefore, we will need to drill holes for each socket in the supporting bracket. Once complete, thread the wire into the holes on the supporting bracket, and tie a knot. This will be a cheap way to secure the sockets.
Push the brackets into the box until they are in the right position. Add some epoxy to the adjacent faces to secure it.
Step 4: Drill Through the Switch Panel and Prepare All the Wiring
Prepare all the wiring by stripping the insulating material at the ends that will connect into the connector terminals.
Step 5: Complete the Wiring
One wire will then connect one of these terminals to a terminal on the switch.
The mains power cable should then be stripped and the live wire connected to the unused end of the terminal connector, and the neutral wire to the unused terminal on the switch.
Step 6: Wire the Plug and Test the Lamp!
Test the lamp by plugging the lamp into the mains socket and adjust the adjustable knob switch to obtain the brightness you like.
When it works, you can proceed to cutting your false wheatgrass into the appropriate length. Tape the grass together on the bottom and the sides, and slip it into the slot.