6. To ensure that the lamp sits squarely on a tabletop without scratching, glue a circle of 1/4-inch-thick cork on the bottom edge of the pot. Cut a notch out of the cork for the cord to exit. Pop in a compact flourescent bulb, press the shade into place, and bathe in the glow.
4. The lamp base is easy to make if you have even the most rudimentary of wiring skills. Find terra-cotta pots that the inverted shades fit snugly down on to. Put a short piece of threaded pipe (called a “nipple” and found in the electrical aisle) through the hole in the pot and secure it with 2 nuts.
5. Thread a cord equipped with a roller switch up through the nipple and attach a light socket following the manufacturer’s wiring instructions.
1. Remove the wire harness from the lampshades using stout wire cutters, or use a pair of pliers to wiggle the solder joint loose where the wire connects to the metal circle at the top of the shade. Be patient and apply firm pressure for a nice, clean break.
3. For a variation, use self-adhesive paper circles to decorate the seam.
2. Use cloth book-binding tape to connect the bottom edges of the two matching lampshades. Use a little strip of masking tape to temporarily hold them together. Circle the cloth tape around the seam, stopping to remove the masking tape before continuing. Smooth the tape as you go, keeping it nice and straight.