Library Lamp Made of Books
Discarded books can be used to make this attractive lamp for your den, office, or actually any room in need of a new table lamp. This is a page about library lamp made of books.
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Shauna Smith Duty
August 26, 2005
Need a light? Have a bunch of old books laying around that you're not interested in reading? Make a library lamp! This unusual and functional work of art is sure to get great reviews from friends.
- lamp kit from a craft store or pieces from an old lamp
- wooden base if a base is not included in the kit
- sack of hardcover books that you'll never read
- drill bit a little larger than the diameter of your lamp kit pole, and a drill
- lampshade (the one in the photo is painted and recycled)
- light bulb
- With a ruler, mark the center of each of the books.
- Clamp the books closed, then drill a hole in the center of each book. Go slowly!
- Assemble the lamp kit (or recycled lamp parts) using the books as the body of the lamp.
- Insert the pole through the drilled holes and stack the books on the base.
- If you are creating your own base, paint a piece of wood that measures larger than the bottom book, and drill a center hole in it.
- For a frosted look, like that of the lamp in the photo, you can lightly spray paint the lamp with a tan or gray paint.
- For a shiny look, varnish the books. Add your light bulb and lamp shade as the final touches and voila! Another bright idea for Thrifty Fun lovers.
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