Green Elephant Table Lamp from Hobby LobbyWhen you can’t find what you want, you do it yourself! – DIY Making a Table Lamp

I found the cutest elephant table lamp in an Old Time Pottery ($18.99) ad but when I went to the store they didn’t have any left 🙁  I searched the internet and found one exactly like the lamp in the ad!  I found it at The Gloss but it was $79.99.

Then I thought, Hobby Lobby might have a similar lamp so I went shopping – no luck.  But, I did find a resin elephant that I liked!  I’m going to make a lamp!  The elephant at Hobby Lobby was 50% off so I got it for $10.00. I picked up a base ($2.33) and two wooden balls ($1.99 and %0.99) too.

Parts for My DIY Making a Table Lamp

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Then I went to Lowe’s.  I picked up a Portfolio Threaded Steel Pipe 1/8 x 30″ ($5.12 – this is enough for two or three lamps) and a Portfolio Make-A-Lamp 3-Way Socket ($9.98 – includes wire and plug). Then on the way out, I found a lamp shade I thought would look nice ($12.97).

This is everything I purchased for the lamp for a total of $43.38.  If you don’t want to spend this much, you can purchase a lamp at a thrift store and use the harp, wiring and shade.  It would probably cut your cost by $20.00!


How To – DIY Making a Table Lamp

Before staining and finishing the wood pieces, I drilled the holes for the steel pipe.  I also drilled a hole in the elephant.

Now, I stained my base and the two balls.  I used Minwax Wood Finish Mahogany Oil Wood Stain.


I let the stain dry overnight. The next day, I wanted to see how the lamp was going to look so I set it up for a look-see!

Looks good so I’m ready to wire it and test it out. When you wire a lamp, you will need to cut about a quarter inch of plastic housing off the wires. Then you will separate the copper wires and twist the two sections together. When you wrap the wires around the screws, make sure you wrap them in a clockwise direction or they will come unwrapped when you tighten the screw.

Once you’re sure the lamp is working, you can tighten all of the fittings. This will straighten the lamp up so that it doesn’t lean.

DIY Making a Table Lamp! FINISHED!