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Reclaimed Wood Lamp with Himmeli Shade!

I pulled an old pallet apart...and there were big wood blocks between the layers.

They were junk and were placed in the "burn later" pile.

Last weekend we lit a smore's fire and I found one of the blocks in the burn pile...

Instantly in my head, it became a rustic reclaimed wood lamp...

and I rescued it from smore's fodder!

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Step 1: Supplies!

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Here's how it came to fruition--you can make one too!

You will need:

4 by 4" wood block
(reclaimed wood like a fence post or pallet block)

drill and 3/8" drill bit

bottle lamp kit &/or pull chain kit

coffee stirrer straws



spray paint (optional)

wax or stain (optional)

2 hours

Step 2: Step 1: Drilling holes and Threading!

Picture of Step 1: Drilling holes and Threading!
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I got a bottle lamp kit...but then decided I wanted a pull chain
light instead, so I got a pull chain thing.

I use my new drill and a 3/8" drill bit.

I drilled in the center of the top of the wood...but not all the way through the bottom.

Then I drilled in from the backside until it met up with the center hole.

I didn't measure or just worked!

I ended up only needing the pull chain unit, the electrical cord and that hollow screw thing.

(yes, technical terms...ha ha ha)

Okay so I have the holes.
I used a small wire and fished it from the backside up through the top.

Then I tied off the electrical cord on the backside wire and pulled it through.

Then I put the hollow screw thing around the cord and twisted it into the wood.

It fit perfectly and tightly.

I used pliers to tighten it completely.

BLR_RAVI10 months ago
well deserved project..very creative..congrats
sabu.dawdy11 months ago
damn girl. I was about to avoid this able coz I thought it was a difficult one. but curiousness got me! Nevrr in my mind I thought those could be straws Lol. you deserved this win
doodlecraft (author)  sabu.dawdy11 months ago
I am so glad you were curious enough to check it out! Yes, number one rule with me is it HAS to be simple--or cheap! Thank you! :)
KyleTheCreator11 months ago
Wow! That's an awesome lamp! I like the symmetrical orb shade that you made using a triangle pattern. You get my vote:)
Mark Montano11 months ago

Clever-est! You rocked this!

shazni11 months ago

Congrats on your win! I'm sure YOU would make great use of your prizes....especially the scroll saw :-)

doodlecraft (author)  shazni11 months ago

Thank you and yes--I am stoked about the tools! :)

blissful201511 months ago

congratulations to our grand prize winner natalie! such a gorgeous lamp, and the styling is perfect on that blue table!

doodlecraft (author)  blissful201511 months ago
Thank you! :)
DeandrasCrafts11 months ago

Congratulations Natalie for winning the Lamp Contest!

doodlecraft (author)  DeandrasCrafts11 months ago

Thank you! I was vacationing on the beach in Florida when I got the email--highlight of the vacay for sure! :)

shazni11 months ago

I really like how the lamp turned out! looks fantastic!

doodlecraft (author)  shazni11 months ago

Thank you!

That is one awesome lamp and great use of Straws :)

doodlecraft (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya11 months ago

Thanks! It was my first time using straws to make geometric forms and I love it...I am going to make Christmas tree ornaments next! If I start now, I should have enough by the time the season rolls by again! haha

Wow, the lampshade looks amazing! I thought it was made out of metal!

Thank you!