Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Lamp

What an honor to be Guest Posting at
Be Different Act Normal.

We are Chameleon Girls the Mom & Daughter craft fighting team.
Together we tackle sewing, cooking and crafts.

Today we are making a
House Warming Gift for a Librarian???

A Lamp made of Books

What do you'll need to make lamp?

Hard Cover Books
Drill & Bit large enough for lamp rod to fit
Lamp Kit
4 Wooden Feet
Wooden Base
 Epoxy Glue!!!
Mod Podge- Matte
Light Bulb
Paint- Brown and Black

1.  Glue the wooden feet to the base.  We used a wooden plack from Michaels.  We did not need to sand (insert smile).

2.  Paint the base and feet brown.  Mix black paint with water to make runny.  You do not need to make much.  Paint base & feet black wipe with damp cloth.  This will give you an old weathered look.

Yep that's the color we want.

3.  Stack books to see how many you will need.

4.  Measure center of base and books with ruler and pencil.

5. Drill base and each book.  You will want to grab an old telephone book for this, so you don't drill a hole into your table.

6.  Slid your thread rod through the hole.  Screw on the nuts and tighten against the washer.  For stability, it is best to start with the largest book.  Play around with the books to see that you like the combination.  Take a picture so you will remember what your stack of books look like.

7.  Glue the largest book to the base and then each book- big to little
BTW- do not use plain glue, use Epoxy Glue!!! 
We used Gorilla glue- bad, bad, bad!
It dries yellow and fluffy, not clear. 

7.  Smash, Smash, Smash the books!!!! 
It will seem like the books are bubbled, but keep at it.

8.  Slide a washer and nuts on top of last book and screw down tightly. 
With all your weight you will need to squish the books as you tighten the screw. 
I do mean ALL OF YOUR WEIGHT!  I was on the books with my knees. 
Did I mention SMASH the books down?

9.  Now that the books are nice and tight- Mod Podge the book pages.

10. Follow the directions on the lamp kit.

Did I mention the room-mate works at a Coffee House?
We are going to re-do the lamp shade with....
You guessed right!

Stay tuned-
The Coffee Lamp Shade is for another day

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Mother Teresa

Come visit us at
Chameleon Girls
to see other craft battles we have won.

Refurbished Tile Coasters

Swirly Finger Nails

Pretzel Butterflies


  1. Cool idea and great tutorial! The lamp looks great!

  2. This is a fantastic idea and I love how it turned out!!! I'm a new follower! And thank you, for commenting on my braided palms! :)

  3. Very cute :) i just re-did our lampshade with pages from books, glad to see a fellow book lover

  4. What a wonderful idea and excellent tute! I love the way that this project is versatile -- children's books for a books for a gameroom...antique books to go with my vintage decor...

    So glad I saw your link-up at the CSI Project!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  5. This is soooo cute!! I love books and love to display them. Great way to use them.

  6. This is a RAD project...found you on the girl creative...

  7. Hey, I am visiting from "just something i whipped up" and I LOVE this idea....amazing!

  8. what a great idea! and definitely something they can appreciate! great tutorial also!

  9. The lamp looks great, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  10. This is such an awesome and great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  11. What a fun idea! Love Mother Theresa ... wise beyond all.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  12. What a great idea! turned out looking fantastic!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. I love this! I am a bookworm and if I had a library I wound make this in a heartbeat!

  14. so awesome, thanks for sharing this.

  15. I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!

    Thanks for linking up!

  16. What a great idea! LOVE it! I know my viewers will love it too. I am highlighting it at Grab my "feature'd button.

  17. That's a pretty cool idea! love it! thanks for linking this up to wicked awesome wednesday!

  18. I love books and this would be perfect in my "future" library!! What a great idea!

    Would love for you to check out my blog at

    Turning a House into a Home

  19. OH!!! I LOVE THIS!!! I can't wait to do this one! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! New follower here!!! I can't wait to see what you girls bring us next! :)

  20. That is so awesome. I love using books in different ways. What a great idea. Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'll be featuring this later in the week.

  21. I love this idea. It's even better to have a theme going on with the books. Imagine the possibilities. Very clever indeed!

  22. Beautiful! I love this idea!

  23. How interesting. This looks just EXACTLY like the one I made linked up all over, except for the lamp shade. You even used the same balls for the feet, black paint for the base, and telephone book to drill into!
    Apparently great minds think alike, or something.

  24. I featured this on my blog today!! :)

  25. How clever, well done!I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs and wishes for a beautiful day ahead. Katherine

  26. What a neat idea! Thank You for linking up! =)

  27. I am so in love with this! I would love to feature it on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a button. Thanks!

  28. Hey girls, I love this lamp. SO creative, and what a perfect use for some old books. I also love the blog, mom and daughter, love that!!!

    I loved it so much I FEATURED you, I hope it puts a smile on your face.

    Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

    **Features from week #33 & #34** @ Bella Before and After

    Thanks girl :)


  29. Love the lamp & great tutorial!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  30. I love this and am going to make one for my husband's office!

  31. Perfect! This lamp makes me want to read more ;) I wish I had this on my dorm when I was in college. Thanks for sharing!


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