I love this metal urn I got on sale. The beautiful patterns and classic shape kept whispering, “Please help; I want to be a magical urn lamp and make your dreams come true.” Can you hear it too?
Well, I’ve never been able to resist a whispering urn 😉
Isn’t it lovely? And it was so quick and easy to do too.
What we used
- In-Line cord switch
- Light fitting and low wattage bulb
- Electrical cable
- Some washers
- Drill and metal drill bit
- Silver spray paint (optional)
- Metal Urn with an opening that’s wide enough to fit the light fitting and bulb.
How to turn an urn into a lamp
Prepping the urn and light fittings
This metal urn light literally took us 20 minutes to put together. I’m not kidding, and if you have a light fitting that’s the same color as your urn, then you’ll be done in 10 minutes. Our light fitting was copper color and looked a bit odd against the silver urn.
That’s easy enough to fix. Stuff some newspaper inside the fitting to protect the working bits and give it a coat of spray paint.
That’s much better 😀
Adding the light fitting to make an urn lamp
Flip the urn over and drill a hole in the bottom of the urn. The hole needs to be big enough for the wire to fit through. Use wire snips to cut a small slit into the base of the metal urn. Once we’ve wired everything up, we’ll put the electrical cord through the slit. Make sure to smooth any rough edges away with a metal file.
Put a dollop of clear glue on the bottom of the light fitting and slip it inside the urn.
Thread the wire running from the light fitting through the hole in the bottom of the urn. We added two washers over the wire to keep it away from the hole we drilled. I always worry that over time sharp metal edges will wear through the wire and cause a short. Connect an in-line cord switch, a plug, and a low-wattage light bulb. If the bulb is too bright, the patterns become fuzzy. P.S. If you’re unsure about working with electricity, be safe and call a licensed electrician.
As easy as pie and the magical, mystical urn, err hmmm, I mean light is done.
The lamp looks so stunning in our little round house down by the sea. We placed our bottled first aid kit on one side and added a little JOY on the other side. Now we can summon her magic with a flick of a switch. Isn’t it just beautiful the way the light splashes and dances across the walls?
I love how the light transforms a room. It makes me think of beautiful exotic places where the magic happens. Let me know what you think.
If you love the look, don’t forget to share it with your friends and/or save it to Pinterest.
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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.