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Scrap Wood Lamp

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Make your own lamp from scratch with these easy directions. You'll be so in awe of this homemade scrap wood lamp with a hand painted lampshade, you'll want to make your own right away!

Scrap Wood Lamp

Materials:

  • Lamp shade
  • Deco Art paint
  • Small pointed brush
  • Scrap pieces of wood
  • Miter saw
  • Sand paper
  • 3/4 inch bore bit
  • Stain
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • Nail gun
  • Cord
     

Instructions:

  1. The first thing I did was lightly pencil a design onto the lamp shade. I am slightly obsessed with paisley so that is what I chose.

    Scrap Wood Lamp
     
  2. I used a small pointed brush to paint on the design. If you don't want to hand paint your shade you can by all means cover your shade in fabric. A little spray adhesive or modpodge and your set.

    Scrap Wood Lamp
     
  3. Now for the base. I had my husband gather up all my scrap pieces of wood from past projects. I cut all the wood with my miter saw. I didn't even measure. I just grabbed it and cut random sizes.

    Scrap Wood Lamp
     
  4. As I was cutting I stacked them up to make sure I was cutting enough to get the height I wanted.

    Scrap Wood Lamp
     
  5. When they were all cut, I sanded the heck out of them. I wanted all the edges and corners to be smooth. I have kids whose heads seem to be magnetically drawn to sharp edges.
     
  6. I used a bore bit (3/4 inch) to make holes in the center of each one. Again, I did not measure. Great huh? That is probably why I like this project so much. I put the piece I was drilling on top of a piece that would not be used for the lamp.

    Scrap Wood Lamp
     
  7. I did not want the cord coming out of a hole in the very bottom piece or else the lamp would wobble. So I did not drill a hole in the very bottom board. I took the second the last board and drilled a hole on the side that went all the way through until it met up with the center hole. You will get a better idea of what I am talking about when you see me put the cord through this hole a little later. All you need to understand now is that I am a genius for thinking that up.

    Scrap Wood Lamp

    Here are all the pieces to my lamp puzzle!

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  8. Then I stained them all a dark walnut. This is right after I stained them. The stain sinks into the wood slowly. It ended up being lighter than this. I like dark stain for many reasons and one of them is that it hides imperfections quite well. Since this was all scrap wood, there were definitely imperfections!

    Scrap Wood Lamp
     
  9. Time to assemble! I used Gorilla wood glue on the bottom of the board and then added it to the base.
     
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  10. I nail gunned it so it would stay in place while the glue dried. Also, I just like any excuse to pull out my favorite tool :)

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  11. Then I strung the cord through.
     
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  12. After that it is pretty much like you are stringing giant beads onto a string. Glue, string it on, nail once or twice and repeat. Now, I need to point out that some of the chunks of wood were too thick to nail. But the glue when dry will be strong enough. I didn't worry about it. I figured that it was better to have most of them held in place than none of them. I literally just grabbed and stuck it on, then grabbed another. No rhyme or reason. I have found that if you want a truly random look that it is best to make it truly random. Because of that and not measuring anything, this was an EASY project.

    Scrap Wood Lamp

 

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