Make a book lamp by combining thrifted books with a ready made light attachment.  Easy and earth friendly decor to DIY!

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As you likely know, I am a BIG fan of crafting with thrifted and recycled items.  I try to buy used as much as possible, and I upcycle almost anything I can get my hands on.  I’m at Goodwill San Antonio at least once a week, treasure hunting.  I made this cool lamp for my bedside last year, and with Earth Day coming up it seemed like the perfect time to share this tutorial.  You don’t need any fancy skills to make this lamp, just a little time and patience!

Supplies to make a book lamp:

  • Hardcover books from Goodwill (3)
  • Mod Podge
  • Resin
  • E-6000
  • Edison Bulb
  • Mason Jar Light kit
  • Brush

Step one: Paint the sides of each of the books with Mod Podge. The will seal the paper and protect it from getting stained by the resin. Let the first application of Mod Podge dry, then apply a second layer of Mod Podge.  Let it dry completely.

Step two: Mix the resin according to the package instructions. For best results, place the bottles in lukewarm water before you use the contents.  Paint the Mod Podged sides of the books with resin.  This will seal the pages together permanently.

Note: The cup and brush will be damaged by the resin (you can’t clean it off easily) so use something that is disposable. Protect your work surface well and work in a well ventilated room.

Step three: Paint the cover of the bottom book with resin and place the middle book on top. Paint the middle book cover with resin and place the top book over the resin. Let this dry for 24 hours.

Step four: Use E-6000 to glue the lamp lid adaptor to the top book. Let it dry, the add the lightbulb.

I love my new bedside lamp!  For more thrifty crafting ideas using items from Goodwill, click HERE.

This is a sponsored post but all ideas and opinions are my own.  This post first appeared on the Crafts Unleashed blog.

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