I could say that my style is the union of two of my great passions: decoration and travel. It will sound a bit strange to mix both, but the idea is to show you how I have been incorporating to my home all those souvenirs that I bring from the special places I have visited. And in this case I will show you a DIY lamps with something I bought in one of my trips.
I like this idea of decorating my house with elements that I have bought in another country because apart from making it unique, I am surrounded by them and every time I see them I remember great moments and memories that bring a smile to my face. Sometimes this can lead to have a lot of accumulated junk at home that after two days and taken out of context, can look very ugly (needless to say also to our guests, that do not even have that special connection with the place) and we can finish Mounting the hideous display case of the souvenirs.
I always try to find items that can fulfill a function at home, or that are very very special and above all, that are handmade. In this case, the lamps that I am going to show you were from my honeymoon (impossible to be more special!).
What to say about Myanmar … for those who have not been, I 100% recommend this destination if you want to get to know very different cultures and especially very far from our reality. When I arrived after a long trip, the first thing I thought was that maybe I had not only traveled in space, but also in time.
As you can probably imagine, everything there is handmade, and at one moment of our trip we met a family that lived off creating objects with paper. They fabricated lanterns, umbrellas, notebooks and multitude of objects out of this paper, and totally artisan.
At that time I did not know where to place the lanterns, but I thought it was a good idea to buy them because I could think of countless utilities for them, and only cost $ 2 each.
With the move to Dublin, and the empty room, I got the inspiration and thought of the lanterns as lamps for the bedside tables. But the lanterns only had the screen, since it had no lighting or lift system.
To assemble the lamps I bought gold colored electric cable, two switches, two plugs and two lamp holders. This, along with two Ikea bracket to put shelves on the wall and the lanterns themselves, were my materials.
If you do not have lanterns like these or anything that looks similar, you can mount your own hanging lamps with the same pieces and leave the bulbs free to see, which is also very fashionable!
To get started, the first thing to know is the length of cable you need. To do this you have to look at the height to which you have the plug and if you want the switch to be behind the bedside table. Also you should know how much the lanterns hang from the IKEA squares and of course the height to which you are going to hang them. So meter in hand, it is best to measure it directly in the place where it is located. I made a schematic by hand indicating the lengths of the cables I needed and with that I cut the electric cable.
To clarify the explanation, I will name “A” the 30cm short piece of cable and “B” the longer cable of 1.20m.
As it was a bit difficult to assemble and to take the photos, you will see Charlie’s hands in the process (do not think that I have such hairy arms) that willingly (or forced, you know what the saying «in the good and in The bad» is all about) helped me do it.
Here we go:
1- You will need to prepare each end of the cable to connect it.
Cut the plastic that surrounds the cable, leaving in sight a piece of the inner cables. After each of the two inner wires (in my case they were blue and brown) you have to peel it by removing a piece of the plastic and exposing the inner copper that is what will make the contact.
This can be done with pliers or scissors (or a wire stripper if you them at home).
2- Insert each of the ends in the corresponding place in each of the mechanisms.
In the first picture you see the connection to the plug. This is the A cable (30 cm). One end is connected to the plug and the other end to the switch.
In the second picture you can see the connections on the switch that in this case are one on each side: one of them is the cable that comes from the plug, A, and on the other side the cable that goes to the lamp holder, That is, the long side, B.
Make sure the copper makes good contact and tightens the screw that holds it correctly.
The position of the blue and brown wire (which in your case may be other colors) on each connection were not known beforehand. What I did was to put them one way and at the end try the lamp. If it did not work I would change it until I get it right. So the next step would be to close the mechanisms. You can leave it for later when you have verified that it works so that you do not have to open it again.
3- Close each mechanism (plug and switch).
Put the cap on the plug and screw it closed.
Do the same with the switch, put the cap on and screw it.
At this point you already have the cable mounted with plug, switch and a free end ready for connection with the lamp holder.
4- Place the bracket on the wall and pass the cable through it.
Next you have to fix the bracket to the wall, in this case I placed it backwards with respect to the position required if it were used to hold a shelf, since the long part was the one that had two holes for the screws, and I am using these to Pass the cable as you see in the photos above. The cable enters the back and out the front.
It is important not to forget at this point to insert the bezel of the lamp holder.
5- Connection with bulb holder and bulb placement. (In case of not carrying a lantern)
Only the last connection with the mechanism of the lamp holder remains, which, once made, must be finished off with the bezel.
At this point, if your lamp is not going to have a lantern and you want to leave the light bulb on its own, it is time to place it.
I showed you a picture of how my lamp would look like, but the light bulb you see in the photo will not be the right one, since in my case it will not be seen and if it were to be seen, a suitable one should be placed like the one in the photo shown at the beginning.
5- Connection with bulb holder and bulb placement. (If yes, carry a lantern)
I repeat step number 5 for the variant with lantern which is my case.
Once the cables have been connected and before inserting the lamp holder, the mechanism must be inserted through the lantern so that the bulb is inside. If we mount it before, it will not fit later on anywhere.
So you have to put the lamp holder inside the lantern.
Place bulb and important: Check that it works before continuing!
If it does not work, check all the connections make contact and if it is not working, change the position of the cables inside each mechanism.
6- Attach the lantern to the holder.
To hold the lantern, I decided to use the original thread, because it seemed to me a way to preserve all its essence.
It could also be done with a transparent fishing line and you would only see the cable hanging. Or, connect the lamp holders to the lantern with a wire.
In my case, I took advantage of the thread that had a super cute wooden ball at the end, and used it as a support.
With this the lamp would be finished.
The process must be repeated on the other side of the bed and you have to notice that the lengths are the same so that they remain hung the same height.
You can see below how they were in the room, when we were newcomers to Dublin. I say this because the bedroom has undergone some significant and veeeeery interesting changes these months that you will see very soon in the blog. If you do not want to miss out leave me your email and I’ll let you know: here.
We are really happy with the lamps since it is super convenient to have the bedside tables free.
If you are looking for ideas for your bedroom you may be interested in this geometric headboard with a thousand possibilities and night tables with boxes of fruit, which could not be cheaper and don’t tell me it is not very cool!
Every night the last thing we do is turn them off and go to sleep dreaming of that wonderful trip to a country that surely in a few years will stop being what it was and that we will always keep in our memory.
Did you like it?
Do you have any travel object that has a privileged place in your house?