How to make your own designer lawn lamp with pipes and fairy lights
Yard decorations can really spruce up a dull garden in all seasons. However, some decorations not only look great, they also serve a purpose. Stylish lamps, for example, can light a pathway to the door, making the way safer and less of a trip hazard. Here's a way to create your own modern, attractive lamp to bring a touch of light into your yard.
- PVC pipe
- adhesive sponge band
- plastic bottle with the neck cut off
- cylinder glass vase
- LED light chain with remote control
The first step is to create a body that will eventually house all the electronic components. It's easy to make this yourself by cutting the PVC to an appropriate length. Make sure to clean the pipe well afterwards.
Next, attach a sponge to the top inch of the inner side of the pipe. This is to help make sure that the upper end of the lamp base will be thinner than the rest of it so the lamp glass can later fit on to it.
Seal the lower end of the pipe with a layer of plastic wrap taped to the pipe.
Now you're ready to pour in the cement. Mix it well and pour it into the pipe you've prepared. But before you start pouring, place the cut plastic bottle into the middle of the pipe (with the opening facing down) so room will be left for the cords and transformer to fit here later.
Tip: Bubbles will likely form during the pouring process and/or the cement may not immediately sink to the bottom. Try lightly hitting the outside of the pipe with a hammer to remedy this.
Once the cement has solidified (make sure to follow the cement instructions!), remove the pipe and the sponge by sawing it away. Be careful here, it's important not to damage the cement form.
Drill a small hole through the upper end of the cement block (the portion with a smaller diameter). Later, the light cord will pass through here. If you accidentally push the plastic bottle out during this process, that's fine — simply remove it.
Depending on what kind of lights you are using, feed the cord through the hole, leaving the bulbs on the upper half.
Drill a small slot on the bottom of the cement block that is big enough to fit a power cord. You can use hot glue to hold the cord in place.
Tip: If you have cement left over, you can also use that to fasten the cord and power box to the inside of the cement base. Just be careful to avoid damaging the electrical components.
Nearly there: Arrange the lights in the glass vase and place the vase upside down onto the cement base.
Tip: If the neck of the vase is too narrow, use a sanding machine to thin the upper part of the cement base.
And finally, your beautiful, modern lamp is finished and ready to light your way outside.
The special part about this particular lamp is that the LED lights change color at the touch of a button, so you can easily pick a color to match your mood. You can also customize your lamp by selecting a differently shaped vase. Make this on your own!