When I was working on Emma’s room, I needed to figure out something to go in the space to the right of my grandmother’s antique vanity. I searched a few stores for something that would work, and while I was at World Market I had a light bulb moment about a DIY lamp.
I bought a red cloth cord swag kit there to create my own light (same cord as I used in my DIY Thrift Store Ice Bucket Pendant Light). I considered making a lamp to hang from the ceiling. But when I was playing around with ideas, I came up with something entirely different.
I bundled the cord in a bow shape and tucked the socket end into the center knot to keep it secure. Then, I hung it on the wall with a nail.
I added an Edison bulb for aesthetics. Instant “lamp” – but continue reading for the safety warnings below!
I’ll be honest – I’m not 100% certain that it’s okay for the bulb to touch the wall. I don’t really even turn it on, because I’m worried she may touch the bare bulb and burn her finger. It’s unplugged, with the plug and outlet behind the vanity, so she wouldn’t be tempted to turn it on unsupervised. So, my “lamp” is really just for looks…and it looks awesome.
But, if you want to use this lamp as an actual lamp, you should do something to keep it away from the wall. Perhaps you could hang it from the ceiling. Or put something behind the socket – like a screw head protruding from the wall – so that the bulb doesn’t touch the wall. Or maybe you have some other ideas on how to make it work that you can share below in the comments. If you are going to attempt doing something like this, make sure you read the comments!
Have you ever created a super easy lamp? Tell me about it!