Upcycled Pickle Jar Decorative Lamp- Part Two

It all began with three broken lamps up in our attic, and a spaghetti jar.  I had an idea jump into my head one day, to upcycle these broken lamps with glass jars. I decided to produce the first of what I was hoping would be three cloth-covered decorative lamps.  I was very happy with how  Upcycled Spaghetti Jar Decorative Lamp turned out so I decided to move forward with lamp # 2.  This time I wanted to use brightly colored fabric on the glass.  I had this great pickle jar that was slightly larger than the spaghetti jar I used previously.  I also had some left over fabric from a previous project called Upcycled Wooden Pedestal Bowl, and Restyled Side Table  that  was orange, red, yellow and black.

I cut a large piece of fabric, enough to wrap around the sides of the jar.  I traced the bottom of the jar, (which would be the top of the lamp) onto the fabric with a sharpie marker, and cut it out with scissors. I applied Mod Podge to the outside of the jar, and applied the fabric carefully around it.  I used twine to tie the fabric at the bottom.  This actually looked great and allowed the fabric to touch the base.  I then glued the rest of the fabric to the top of the lamp.  I allowed this to dry and then I applied the Mod Podge over the fabric.

Upcycled Pickle Jar Decorative lamp

I love the red hue the light gives off.  It was very difficult to get a picture of what the lamp actually looks like.  I had to play around quite a bit with the camera settings.  I have this on the fireplace mantel in our living room.  Stay tuned for lamp # 3!

Pickle Jar Lamp pictured with Upcycle Wooden Ped bowl

Upcycled Pickle Jar Lamp Pictured with Upcycled wooden Pedestal bowl.  Love this fabric!


Upcycled Spaghetti Jar Decorative Lamp

I was upstairs in the attic last night searching for a lost box of crafting materials, when I came across a box of light bases that were at one time,  miniature decorative table lamps. The glassware that was originally attached to them had broken.  I had forgotten I had kept these items.  I am sure at the time, I was thinking I may be able to utilize them in the future in some way. and then I thought to myself, the future is now!

One in particular caught my eye.  It was a black, metal, pedestal light base that utilized a night-light bulb. My initial idea was to utilize a glass jar to replace the broken glass. but several different glass items could be modified to use for this project. Ball jars, glass vases from the dollar store etc.  I just happened to have an old Spaghetti sauce jar in the recycle bin.  I happily removed it cleaning it with hot soapy water.  I placed it in a bucket of hot water to remove the jar label.

Broken Lamp and Glass Jar


Mod Podge

Light Base


Foam Craft Brush, Scissors

fine tipped marker

I had some great fabric left over from Ugly Accent Table Makeover.  If you are looking for something more colorful you can try holding  different fabrics up to the light.  That way, you can tell what the finished lamp will look like when the light illuminates it.  I took the fabric, and wrapped it around the glass jar so I knew how much fabric I would need.  I measured and cut and placed aside.  I wanted to also add fabric to the “bottom” of the jar, which would be the “top” of the lamp. I traced the jar onto the back of the fabric and carefully cut it out with scissors.  I cut inside the tracing to factor in the edges of the glass, so the fabric would not hang over.    I then applied  Mod Podge with a foam craft brush to the glass.  I applied and smoothed out the fabric, adhering it to the glass.  I applied another coat of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric.  In this case I applied a total of two coats allowing to dry throughly in between.  I couldn’t be more happy with the result!  A true upcycle and a great decorative lamp for a fraction of the cost!

Upcycled Spaghetti Jar Decorative Lamp

Spaghetti Jar Lamp Made with fabric and Mod Podge