Someone must have been crossing their fingers like I asked because this project finally worked. I was beginning to think that I would have to scrap the idea of having a pair of glass lamps. However, if you use the right materials, it really is pretty easy.
If you’re interested in making your own glass lamp I have a few hints for you, so that you can learn from our mistakes.
- Glass Vase
- Lamp Kit
- 3/8 ” Diamond Glass Drill Bit
- Lamp Shade
First you need to pick out your glass vase that you’ll use for the lamp base. Keep in mind that you’ll be flipping the vase over, so you want to make sure that the vase opening is not too narrow that it would create an unsteady base. Make sure that the diameter is also wide enough that you can easily maneuver your hand inside the vase—this is important when you’re assembling the lamp kit.
Also, I wanted to have the ability to display a few objects at times in the lamp, so consider the size of the objects you want to display in picking your vase.
We went with cylinder vase that is 14” tall and 6” in diameter that we found at Hobby Lobby. They were originally $19.99 but we got them at 50% off.
Drilling Into the Glass
Next you’ll need to drill a hole into the bottom of the vase, so that you can attach the lamp kit. The best way we found was to keep running water on the glass while you are drilling. I’d advise you to lay a towel down in your kitchen sink so the vase doesn’t slide around. I used the sprayer attachment while Josh drilled through the base of the vase. Be careful to not apply too much pressure.
This is where we ran into a problem. Originally we went to Home Depot and bought a regular glass and tile bit. It looked like this:
Don’t get that one.
Otherwise this will probably happen:
Spend the extra $5 and get the diamond glass and tile bit. It will look like this:
With the first bit, we followed the directions. We were careful. It took over 20 minutes of careful drilling, but then the glass cracked.
I was so disappointed.
The diamond drill bit made such a difference. Same process. It only took about 2 minutes. No breakage.
Just remember, it’s true: Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.
At least when you’re drilling into glass.
Assembling the Lamp
Next you assemble the lamp kit. It’s pretty easy. Just follow the directions. This is where the screwdriver and pliers are helpful.
I bought our lamp kit at Walmart for $5. It has a white cord, which was fine with me. You can get a gold or silver cord lamp kit at Home Depot for $10. I didn’t care enough to pay double for a different cord color, but that’s just my opinion. Get the one you want.
Then add your lamp shade and a light bulb.
Plug it in . . . . hold your breath that it works . . . and success!