Real things are usually better than the fake versions. Why even have fake things? One reason is that you might not have the money, at the time, to purchase the real thing. It could be that you like knowing that others think something is real when it’s not. Or, you’re just bored and you’re looking for a fun project. If you fit into any of those categories you’ll have a good time making a fake lamp. There are lots of areas in your home where a lamp would look nice but doesn’t necessarily have to give off light.
Got an entryway table with no lamp on it? A nice end table but no lamp? Then you need to get busy! There are so many different things you can use to make a fake lamp that looks every bit as nice as the real thing! First and foremost you’ll need a lampshade. You’ll find small ones at most any craft store for a couple of bucks. These are ideal for creating your own fake lamps.
Wooden pieces from a craft store can also help you create a unique lamp. Paint the wood or use it in its natural, unfinished state. Glue a cylindrical wooden piece to a thick wooden square and the lamp is finished! Simply set the lampshade on the cylinder and the look is complete. To help hold the lampshade in place you can use staples, a nail, double-sided tape or another method.
Instantly create a fake lamp with a holiday theme by wrapping a bathroom tissue tube with gift wrap. Do the same to a piece of thick, flat cardboard. Glue the tube to the cardboard and hang the lampshade! Lampshades can be decorated with stickers, sequin or other embellishments to further the holiday look.
Create an elegant fake lamp by using a clear glass vase. The vase should be tall and slender. Place dry flowers, fake jewels, marbles or other items in the vase then set the lampshade on top. Do something similar with a canning jar. Use a wooden dowel in the center, then fill the jar with the chosen objects, and hang the lampshade on the dowel.
Cut a Pringles can in half, wrap it with scrapbook paper or fabric, and set the lampshade on top. Or, use product containers as-is to make unusual, whimsical lamps. For example, set a 20 oz bottled drink on a table and use double-sided tape to hold the lampshade on the lid. These lamps will grab attention!
If you really want the lamp to give light tape or otherwise affix a strand of batter-operated, white holiday lights on the inside of the shade. No, fake things aren’t usually as good as the real thing but they sure are fun to make! If you have that one little area that needs a little perking up why not make a fake lamp? Whenever you get tired of it you can simply make another one and reuse the shade! It’s a lot of fun!