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DIY lamps: Add spunk to your room with these ideas

From doing a fairy-lit bottle lamp and a tablet-run fun lava lamp to going back to some retro play with sequins and shimmer - take your pick.

morefromlifestyle Updated: Jul 14, 2015 15:48 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
DIY Lamps
If you have a minimalistic lamp lying at home, give it a new lease of light by sprucing up the stand or adding a new dimension to it. (Shutterstock photo)

The easiest, most fun way to revamp a staid room is by adding a dose of light to it. But, if you don't want to spend on same ol' lampshades that might drill a hole in your pocket, or invest in an industrial looking buy, tap into your creative instincts and perk up an old lamp or create a new one all together, right from the comfort of your home. From doing a fairy-lit bottle lamp and a tablet-run fun lava lamp to going back to some retro play with sequins and shimmer - take your pick.

1) Geanie in a bottle:Rustic, pretty and great gifting items, bottle lamps are easy to make. There are two ways to do it - either make a wide-mouthed glass bottle your stand with a shade topping it, or add strands of pretty fairy lights.

The catch: You have to start by drilling a hole in the bottle, from where the mini LEDs or the connection to the bulb crawls in, so make sure you have protection or someone experienced who can help you drill through it electrically.

2) Temp lava lamps:Add layers of colours to your day with simple kitchen ingredients. Pick up a glass bottle and fill a quarter of it with water. Now, add vegetable oil to fill the rest of it and top with a few drops of two shades of food colour. When you see the hues settle, drop in a few tablets of antacid and you'll see the colours bubble up. While you won't get light off the bottle, these can be used more as decorative pieces or kept in front of a naked light bulb to bring in the glow factor.

The catch: The antacids dissolve quickly, so add a few more tablets when you see the fun fizzling out.

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3) A stylish stand off:We all know that a strong (and stylish!) foundation is important to create anything across the board. So, if you have a minimalistic lamp lying at home, give it a new lease of light by sprucing up the stand or adding a new dimension to it. From a tier of books to add height to your lamp, to re-cycling CDs and using them as stick-on decoratives for a plain stand, start playing!

The catch: Keep in mind that heat is elemental to any lamp. So, whatever your homemade stand is made of, you have to make sure that any heat that is emanated by the lamp, doesn't affect its make.

4) Going eco-happy: We aren't so powerless without power guys! You can skip the bulbs and just go for paint to beautifully light up a cosy corner of your home. Pick up a mason jar or any other glass jar with a wide opening at the mouth which will allow you to move your paintbrush around freely and create charmed lamps by using fabric, glow-in the-dark paints.

The catch: You need glow-in-dark paints to create the needed effect. A pack of these paint tubes can bring you down by more than Rs 1,000 and are available on many online shopping forums. We recommend scouring bylanes of thrift markets like Gaffar market and Karol Bagh where you might find these paints for a cheaper price.

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5) Retro goes shady:If you still long for the disco generation, perking up your room with posters of '80s pop stars and adding a bit of music to all that you do, what's stopping you from adding a sliver of retro to your lamps too? Create a lampshade inspired by old-school disco balls by DIYing them with paste-on sparkle. Another way to dress up your lamp in bling is by re-cycling an old scarf or fabric that is studded with sequins or paillettes and adorning your lamp shade with it by using spray-on glue.

The catch: Using glue can be a messy affair. Do a patch test on your lampshade by using different textures and then look for the correct adhesive.