This project idea started out as a 99 cent purchase at Goodwill. An adorable miniature ceramic lamp with a round base that would require a minor fabric decoupage makeover to make the perfect table top night-light for our bedroom. However; thanks to the toddler apprentice’s rather curious hands it was simply not to be. She climbed up on the ottoman, reached out her arms, and knocked it off the shelf. It broke the ceramic base into a million pieces. More importantly, she was not hurt in the accident, just a bit startled and remorseful Although I was initially upset, my cross demeanor faded quickly as I thought of ways to reuse the unbroken pieces of the lamp and shade. I searched the craft room for some recycled items I was saving for a crafting rainy day. I searched and looked for what I thought would make great lamp bases. It then occurred to me…I had a fever for a Pringles can lamp!
An Upcycled Pringles Can Lamp For The Minimalist
The Pringles can was a great choice because it didn’t require a glass cutter to feed the wire through like a glass bottle or jar would. I used a box cutter knife to VERY carefully cut a cross through the plastic lid. I popped the light in and it fit nicely. Before I placed the lid back on the can I filled the bottom with a few decorative marbles I had lying around. This added some weight and stability to the lamp. I cut a hole at the base of the can using the UPC on the can as a guide, so I could properly feed the wire through the bottom. For those of you who are practical, and love Pringles, you may want to stop right here. I call this the minimalist version.
How to Create An Upcycled Pringles Can Lamp That’s A Little More Decorative
For those who want to create a more decorative piece, You can use a little fabric decoupage to decorate the Pringles can and lamp shade. I used some scrap Peacock inspired fabric I had lying around the craft room. I used Mod Podge to apply the measured fabric to the can and cut out designs to place on either side of the lamp shade to add some symmetry. Once dry, I applied more Mod Podge over the fabric to properly seal the lamp base. I placed it in front of our fan to dry. Now it was ready to be plugged in and illuminated. The possibilities here are endless. If you don’t have fabric handy you can also use scrapbook paper. You can create seasonal cans and interchange them with the light and lid to transform the look of the lamp.
A lesson in life and living on the Upcycle, the greatest mistakes can have the greatest rewards! That is how I feel about this project. If it wasn’t for my overly curious toddler, I would have never known the fun of this Pringles can craft. Thank heaven for overly curious little girls!
Have you had any crafting disasters that turned into triumphs? What was your favorite craft mishap?
Broken miniature lamp
Pringles can with lid
Box Cutter Knife
Handful of marbles
Fabric or Scrapbook Paper Of Choice
Foam brush or Paint Brush