Tuesday, February 1, 2011

diy lucite lamp finials.

a few weeks ago, while strolling the aisles at michael's craft store, i happened upon these lucite-based photo holders:
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i, along with the rest of the decorating world, have a little thing for lucite. i am lusting over the lucite waterfall table at CB2, but i can't justify buying it, because i'm worried about the staying power of this decor trend. anyway, i really love it, and when i spotted this little 1.5 by 1.5 inch block of lucite at michael's for only 4.99, i knew there HAD to be something i could do with it (besides the obvious...).

i thought on it for a little while, and then it hit me - lamp finials! i decided i could take the wire part out, drill the hole a little deeper and thicker and attach to the top of the lamp harp. and that's just what i did.

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i used these pliers to yank the wire thingies out. i was kind of worried that it would be hard, or that i might break the lucite in the process, but it was really easy. i just twisted them clockwise, then counter clockwise, and they pulled right out. you can see where there was a little dab of glue holding them in:

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so i pulled that out, too. then, i got out my drill and a larger drill bit, and drilled the hole a little wider. i used the old lamp finial as a guideline.

i just screwed that puppy right in!
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it worked! it was soooo very easy. you could, of course, just glue the lucite square to the top of a flat finial, but i knew that there would be the hole in the top where it had the wires in it, so i decided it would be best to just screw it in based off of that.

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see them?

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i love them. and, you can't beat adding a little of the lucite trend to your home for only $10!

11 comments:

  1. What a neat idea! I will remember that the next time I see something that could be adapted into finials (new word for me), since I have two lamps that are missing finials.

    I just got lucite shelves from cb2 for my bathroom and am excited to see how they look on the wall!

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  2. Get out, this is a brilliant idea! And you pulled it off beautifully. Janell

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  3. AWESOME idea! They look fab and I'm more than just a little bit jealous. :)

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  4. What a great idea! I saw those at Michael's too and almost bought a few.

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  5. SO CLEVER! They add such a great little acceent to your lamps!

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  6. wow, what a brilliant idea! i never would have thought to do this! love it.

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