Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Transformation Thursday: Lamp Base Christmas Trees

People know that we love to make things, so it's not uncommon for someone to come by with a bag or box of stuff that they couldn't bear to throw away, thinking we could surely use it. Case in point: a couple of years ago, a favorite customer came to a show with two bags of branches from a vintage Christmas tree. The base had long ago gone missing, but he figured (rightly!) that we'd think of something to do with the remaining pieces. As it turns out, we've used that windfall for several seasons, this year using vintage lamp parts for bases:

First, the lamps are disassembled and cleaned. Then, florist foam is cut and glued in place underneath. Depending on the size of the opening, a washer is epoxied to the top of the lamp base to hold the branch snuggly in place. Next, the branch is cut to size, using either wire cutters or a dremel. Last, vintage paper is attached underneath to cover the foam and stem:


To see more of this year's holiday projects, check out our friend Katie Palmer's site, SoBo Style Journal. To see more cool projects, click the button on our sidebar to visit this week's installment of Transformation Thursday. xo

10 comments:

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Simply brilliant! I just love stopping by your blog, I always learn so many clever ideas!

Delightful Dwelling said...

What a neat idea, how creative!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I really love the vintage look of the bases!

Halo Hill said...

What an awesome idea! I love it!!

Sheila

Robin said...

Your brilliant, great idea.

Leanne said...

So clever! I love them.

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

very cool idea! Love repurposing!
gail

Jeanne Selep said...

Great reuse!

garage sale girly said...

LOVE!!

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Ladies -- Thanks for your nice comments. Sorry to not have responded sooner. Seems like life has been on fast forward since Thanksgiving. xo