How To Make a Unique Table Lamp With A Denim Lampshade

Repurposed Denim and Pickle Jar Farmhouse style Unique Table Lamp

I’ve been wanting to make a unique table lamp out of repurposed jeans for a while. It wasn’t until I started upcycling denim hems and seams did I work out exactly how I was going to make the lampshade.
 
If I’d known how easy it was going to be to drill a hole in glass I would have made a lamp base out of an old pickle jar earlier. Now that I know what to do I’m eyeing up all my old gin bottles as potential lamp bases. I don’t know what I was scared of before. As long as you have the right drill bit cutting holes in glass is very simple.
 
Originally this unique table lamp was going to be for the living room. However, once I made it I decided it would look great on my bedside table as the repurposed denim lampshade matches the patchwork jeans quilt on the bed. Also, I just made a denim and vintage map lampshade for the living room and didn’t really need to go for the double denim look. Even though the 80’s are in!
 
This was a very affordable upcycle, I used an existing damaged lampshade to upcycle, a pickle jar and old jeans for this DIY table lamp. The only expense was for the coloured flex.
 
How to make a unique table lamp with denim lampshade
 
 
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What you need to make a farmhouse style unique table lamp

  • Lampshade wire rings from an old drum lampshade, or a drum lampshade kit. This DIY lampshade tutorial would work just as well with a scallop-shaped shade.
  • Extra large pickle jar or mason jar. The jar I used was a 5 liter one I already had.
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  • Blue spray paint – if you want to change the colour of the DIY lampshade wireframe and the pickle jar lid.
  • Denim hems and seams – I save these from all my other repurposing denim projects. I cut the hems off the jeans as close to the stitching as possible. The double stitched hems usually run on the up the inside leg of a pair of jeans.
     
    It is possible to get a very long seam by cutting the seam up one leg and then down the other in one piece. Also on many pairs of jeans double stitched seams are used as decoration below the waistbands, I also cut these out. How much denim you need will depend on the size of your denim lampshade.
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    Denim seams and hems
     

  • 3 Wooden skewers at least the height of your DIY lampshade
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Coloured lamp flex
  • Variable speed drill with a diamond hole drill bit big enough for the lamp flex.

 

 
 

How to make the woven denim lampshade

  1. If using an exsisting lampshade, remove the fabric. Spray paint the wire frame blue.
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  3. Next, you will need to create a solid frame for the DIY lamp shade. Do this by cutting three lengths of denim hem/seams one inch longer than the height you would like the denim drum shade. At the same time cut 3 wooden skewers to the exact height you would like the shade. Thread the wooden skewers into the hems.
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  5. Glue these hems to the bottom wire frame (the one with the light fitting). Glue the hems at each of the points where the crosswire meets the outer ring. Fold over the loose bit of the hems (about 1/2 inch) around the wire frame. Now attach the top lampshade ring to the other end of the denim hems the same way. If your frame still seems a bit wobbly you can add some more stiffened hems.
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    Building frame for a unique woven denim lampshade
     
     

  7. Now glue denim hems and seams to the rest of the wire frame until it is all covered.
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  9. For the next bit you will need longer jeans seams from the inside leg. If you don’t have long seams you can glue or sew smaller ones together. Weave the longer seams in and out of the upright hems. Carry on adding horizontal woven seams until the whole lamp is covered. Start and finish off each woven round with a dab of hot glue.
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    How to make a woven denim lampshade from the hems
     
     

    How to make the Unique table lamp base

  11. To make a lamp base from the pickle jar you will need to drill a hole in the lid and the glass jar for the flex to pass through. Drill a hole in the glass using a diamond hole bit large enough for the flex to pass through.
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  13. Place some masking or washi tape where you would like the hole to be. This helps stop slippage. Make sure the drill is on the lowest speed setting. Place the drill bit at 45 degrees to the glass. The glass will need to be cooled as you drill, this can be done by frequently spraying it with cold water as you drill. As the hole gets bigger change the angle of the drill bit to 60 degrees and then to 90 degrees.
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    how to drill a hole into glass
     
     

  15. To finish off remove the washi tape and thread the lamp flex through the jar. Put on a plug and then the denim lampshade.

 
DIY unique table lamp with woven denim lampshade
 
Now all I have to decide is where I should put this unique table lamp. By the way, the denim lampshade can be hung as a pendant lamp also.
 
Farmhouse style rustic DIY unqiue table lamp
 
Unique table lamp rustic farmhouse style
 
 
Don’t forget to check out my other denim upcycles for the home.
 

 
My other denim and vintage map lampshade upcycle this time with maps.
 
Upcycled vintage map lampshade
 
For more thrifty lamp ideas visit cheapthriftyliving.com
 


 
 

24 Responses

  1. I am sure if you asked 100 people what you could make with an old pair of jeans and a pickle jar most would look at you blankly and no-one would suggest a lamp. Truly inspirational! You are going to write a book with all these ideas aren’t you?!

    Thank you so much for linking up to #GoingGreen and I always love seeing what you have created.

    • Aww, thank you Rosie. I love trying to make fun things out of what others would call rubbish.

  2. VERY cute, thank you for sharing!!!

  3. You have really outdone yourself this time Claire. Is there anything you can’t do with denim? 😉

    • Thank you, Mary. There are still a load more things I’m going to make with denim.

  4. Absolutely love this Claire! Pinning and thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go! I’ll be featuring you next week

  5. What an amazing and original DIY! I love it! We would love for you to come link up on our new party Wall to Wall DIY over at R&R at home!

  6. We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy. I swear Claire you have the best ideas ever. This is so cool. Love how it turned out

    • Thank you, Michelle. I’m not sure about the best ideas, my mind just works in a strange way and I get obsessed with things like denim scraps.

  7. Totally amazing!! I love the woven hems and the idea to use a large pickle jar! You always have the best ideas! 🙂 Lisa

    • Aww, that’s very kind of you to say so. I just love working with denim scraps.

  8. I love your lamp Claire, it’s very cool and a brilliant way to use the seams.

  9. Claire, your denim projects are always so creative! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  10. Very cool, as usual Claire! I can’t imagine the number of jeans it took but the effect is well worth it.

    • Thank you Victoria. I have a big stash of jeans and keep all the scraps from other projects including the seams.

  11. Wen

    What a great idea! Great job!

  12. What a great idea! Might very well steal it some time!

    • Thank you! It is fun to make you should give it ago. Start saving those seams.

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