You can build a map lamp of your very own by following this simple tutorial – use maps from your fave places to make it personal!
Man Podger David has totally hit the nail on the head with his map lamp for this week. It's one of those great pieces that feels vintage-y (must be the maps, which always make me think vintage for some reason).
Yet it also could go very well in a modern home. David made it awesomely simple, and I know you will appreciate it. Yes, you too can build a map lamp! Read on, and don't forget to check out these 22 Mod Podge map crafts you'll love.
I’ve long admired all the pipe-fitting shelving that’s been cropping up. But neither I nor my 1940 fixer-upper house can really pull off that cool, downtown, loft-chic look that I associate with such things.
However, I needed a lamp for my new office and I thought perhaps with a little Mod Podge I could marry my vintage obsession to the downtown style.
It turned out to be a kind of alarmingly simple project.
DIY Vintage Map Lamp
To make my map lamp, you will need:
- Parts: 1/2 inch galvanized pipe, 1/2 inch pipe base, reduction cap, screws lamp kit, lamp (available at any big box hardware store in the lighting area) shade, wooden base and some feet
- Tools: Drill, screwdriver, foam brushes
- Paper: Images of your choice
- Mod Podge Gloss
TIP #1 If you want to paint your base and you are smarter than I am you will paint it BEFORE you decoupage it. Foresight – not my strong suit.
Using a foam brush spread a layer of Mod Podge onto the base, carefully lay your paper on top and, with moistened fingers or a brayer, gently push out any bubbles that may appear.
TIP #2: My base had a raised, curved edge so I cut the paper to be a little bit bigger and attached it. After it was dry I added another coat of Mod Podge to really stiffen it up. When that dried it was easy to go in with a sharp knife and cut around the curves.
Now, assemble the lamp. First, run the wire from the lamp kit up through the base and the ½ inch pipe. Connect the pipe to the base and pull the wire through the reduction cap and then attach the reduction cap to the pipe.
Really!? That’s all there is to wiring a lamp!? Why do they cost so much? Why wasn’t I told this before? Why am I just finding this out in my lamp-buying twilight years?
Anyway . . .
Your basic lamp is assembled.
In keeping with my map theme, I used copies of a couple of vintage maps that I own to cover the shade. After making a template of the lamp shade, I cut out the shapes (a little bigger than the template) and decoupaged the map to the shade, carefully pushing out the bubbles with my fingers.
If you have any questions about my map lamp, please don’t hesitate to ask. I will monitor the comments section and respond.
Don't forget to visit David's Etsy shop for more Man Podge awesomeness!
PS – David, I love it – and don't feel bad about not painting the base first. I've done it before too.