Disclosure: Coupons.com provided me with a gift card to Home Depot to buy the materials necessary for this project.
A while ago Coupons.com contacted a bunch of bloggers to see if they’d be interested in a gift card to complete a fall-related craft or project. Of course I said YES! immediately. Then I started sweating a bit because we don’t have a single tool here in Boston. But anyways. In case you don’t know what it’s about, Coupons.com offers free printable & digital (save-to-loyalty-cards) coupons that you can use anywhere from home improvement stuff to grocery shopping. Their search by category or locally features are especially handy if you’re looking for something specific, or you can choose to clip all if you’re so inclined. This means you’ll be able to stretch out the giveaway’s prize even further!
I decided to use my gift card to Home Depot to make a fall-inspired lamp. Initially I wanted to make a real plug-in lamp, but I couldn’t find any dried out gourds in the area, so I went with a battery operated push light version. Of course you can always adapt this idea to suit you. Here’s what you’ll need for the project:
- A gourd / pumpkin / squash for the base
- A battery operated push light
- A lamp shade
- A wood dowel (plus stain if you’d like) that fits the lamp shade where the lightbulb usually goes
- Some kind of adhesive / glue
And here’s how I made mine in about half an hour (plus drying time if you’re staining):
- I wanted the dowel to be a dark color, so I quickly stained it using a Minwax wood finish (in the Jacobean color) and let it dry.
- Next we removed the gourd’s stem and started creating a hole for the dowel. We started using a knive, then moved on to using a combination of kitchen scissors, a wooden spoon, and the dowel itself. Basically anything that works. We stuck the dowel about 2-3 inches into the gourd. It’s simply stuck in there, we didn’t add any glue or anything but you can do that if you prefer.
- The dowel should fit snuggly into the lamp shade’s hole (where the bulb goes) so that you can glue it in there. We used a double tape type of adhesive they had at The Home Depot and it stuck pretty well.
- The last step is to stick the push light on top the dowel, in the lamp shade. Voila! You have yourself a gourd lamp, ready for fall.
Here’s what it looks like from down below. You can see how the dowel reaches just to where the bulb would be and it’s glued to the metallic thingie of the lampshade. Super technical words, I know. We stuck the push light sideways on top the dowel instead of the light looking up because the shade diffuses the light better this way… but whatever way works for you!
We didn’t have any tools whatsoever for this, so I assure you, you don’t need anything especial! I hope you like the idea and give it a try (or you can make the lasting version with a dried out gourd and a plug in light kit, I’d love to see one of those). Be sure to check out these awesome bloggers’ projects too for more fall inspiration!
Kenz at Interiors By Kenz
Anilu at No Shrinking Violet
Fern at Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas
Stephanie at Sandpaper & Glue
Emma at Broke Ass Home
Gretchen at Boxy Colonial
Anu at Nalle’s House
Kim at Newly Woodwards
And now, the $200 gift card giveaway details: Coupons.com is giving away a $200 gift card to The Home Depot or Amazon so that you can make your own fall projects (or, you know, spend it however you please). You can enter the giveaway down below (it’s run by Rafflecopter). Make sure to follow coupons.com on Google+ and the participating bloggers’ social media pages to get extra entries. This giveaway is open to US residents, and closes at 12AM Eastern time on Sept 23rd.