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One of my favorite ways to create is by using “what I have” on hand—stuff that is in my stash of raw materials, odds and ends, including lamps in all state of disrepair. When Steph challenged me to create an unconventional Christmas tree, I headed to this stash to see what I could come up with. I was intrigued by the idea of transforming the “bones” of a lamp into a multi-level tree complete with wiring to make it a functional lamp as well.
I decided to use wood platters and other circular wood objects as my layers with assorted lamp base parts as dividers between the layers. I also used a metal tray when I realized I needed a larger base and found I could drill through it easily enough.
Disassemble all the lamps—you will need one base and stem and a number of additional parts for spacers. The parts will simply unscrew. Locate the nut at the bottom of the base and unscrew it.
Gather wood/metal circles and the lamp parts to be used.
Once you’re pleased with the arrangement, clean, prime and paint all the parts.
The spacers should end just below or somewhat past the top screw thread. This is important as there can be no space (the parts will not be able to screw down tight to keep the lamp base from moving). Have some additional small parts on hand in case your parts don’t come up or past this line. I needed an extra spacer because there was about 3/8” left below where the screw threads started. Add another nut to screw things into place.
To wire, make a UL knot, identify the smooth (hot wire) and ribbed (neutral wire). Make a hook in the soldered ends of the wires, attach the smooth hook to the gold (brass) screw in a clockwise directions, screw down. Attach the ribbed wire to the silver screw.
Screw in the lightbulb and accessorize as desired!
I’m very happy with the results of my unconventional tree and very happy I was able to use my ever growing stash of odds and ends! If you’re a collector of “stuff” then this is a project for you.
The tree can be used as decor at Christmas or without decoration or used as a serving tray. It can be used as winter decor with the substitution of an Edison bulb. It can even be repainted in a less festive color to extend it’s use.
What unique materials can you think of to make a Christmas or holiday decor out of? Share the ideas with us below! #trylearnshare
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