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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!


Step 1: Supplies!

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

wire

pliers

spray paint (optional)

wax or stain (optional)

2 hours

Step 2: Step 1: Drilling Holes and Threading!

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 anything...it 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.

Step 3: Step 2: Wiring Like a Boss

Then I followed the light kit instructions.
Screwed the bottom of the unit onto the screw thing.

Then tied the underwriters knot...

noting the ribbed coated wire and the smooth coated wire.

Now to attach the wires:
The silver screw gets the ribbed wire, and the smooth wire gets the gold screw.

Just curl the wire in a hook, loosen the screw and slip it around it before tightening it down.

(All the instructions come with the light kit...so follow those)

Then I tightened the underwriters knot right under the socket so it

will fit down inside the socket cap tightly.

Then put the shell over and line up the pull string and press it down

until it snaps into the socket cap.

Lovely!

Step 4: Wax and Light It Up!

Now I added a little finishing wax to the wood.

You could stain it...

Just rubbed on with a small cloth.

Looks great...add a tiny round light bulb...and now the moment of truth!

I always pray when I plug it in...hoping it all works!
Success!

It's adorable!

Step 5: Time for the Shade!

Great like this...but I thought a fun shade was in order!

I did a Himmeli Geometric shade using coffee stirrer straws and thin gauge floral wire.

(Himmeli are Finnish mobiles traditionally made of rye straw)

This one is actually made of plastic straw and not a mobile...meh, whatever.

It's a geometric icosahedron shade.

I began by cutting my straws in half...3 1/2 inches. Works great to use a rotary cutter.

Step 6: Wiring Straws

I unwrapped a length of wire...about a yard or meter.

Then I threaded on 3 straw sections...twisted the wires to make a triangle,

then added 2 more and twisted on the other side to make a double triangle/diamond.

Then add 2 more...twist and add 2 more...etc.

Until you make a triforce!

Then essentially every junction of straws is a set of 5 straws.

It takes a little practice, but comes together pretty naturally.

There is some double wiring through straws to get them where you need them.

But it's pretty fun too!

Any time you need more wire,
just twist on another length of wire.

The straws will cover any wire anyway.

Keep it going until you have made the entire Icosahedron!

It's got 20 triangular faces.

Twist up the last wire and thread the remainder of it through the closest straw.

It's an awesome knick-knack!


Fits the lamp perfectly!

You could leave it black...like this.

Step 7: Add Some Glitz!

But I went gold!

I used spray paint and lightly misted the straws...let dry

and repeated until the entire thing was covered.

It's so cool. It looks like it's really brass or copper tubing!

Who would guess they were plastic straws?

Step 8: Use As a Lampshade and Be Enlightened!

Looks amazing as a lamp shade too!
I just set it on the wood block without mounting it.

You could tack it in place with staples or hot glue.

And looks amazing reflected on the walls!

I love it!
I am totally obsessed.

I turned off all the lights and called a family council so my

kids could see it and shower me with compliments!

Haha--I think they were glad they didn't have to help!

(Unlike this project)

All in all it took me 2 hours, plus spray painting/drying time.

Hope you are confident that you can build an amazing lamp

out of super cheap materials too!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more fun!

And don't forget to vote--please--I'll be your best friend!

great idea and and not that hard to do ;) *****
well deserved project..very creative..congrats
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
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! :)
Wow! That's an awesome lamp! I like the symmetrical orb shade that you made using a triangle pattern. You get my vote:)
<p>Clever-est! You rocked this! </p>
<p>Congrats on your win! I'm sure YOU would make great use of your prizes....especially the scroll saw :-)</p>
<p>Thank you and yes--I am stoked about the tools! :)</p>
<p>congratulations to our grand prize winner natalie! such a gorgeous lamp, and the styling is perfect on that blue table!</p>
Thank you! :)
<p>Congratulations Natalie for winning the Lamp Contest! </p>
<p>Thank you! I was vacationing on the beach in Florida when I got the email--highlight of the vacay for sure! :)</p>
<p>I really like how the lamp turned out! looks fantastic! </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>That is one awesome lamp and great use of Straws :)</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>Wow, the lampshade looks amazing! I thought it was made out of metal! </p>
<p>Thank you!</p>

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