02/16/2012 03:02 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Make A Vintage Globe Lamp

Let's be honest, virtual maps and travel resources on the internet have made globes obsolete. Today, they serve more as decorative artwork that adds a small touch of nostalgia to a home. If you don't have a globe, they're fairly common in thrift or secondhand stores. However, most won't be in pristine condition -- and that's where this DIY comes in. It turns a damaged globe into a lamp shade for a surprising look. Keep reading for the simple how-to.

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First, find the exact center between the top and bottom of the globe, and draw a horizontal line around the entire globe. This will most likely follow the equator line. Use a saw to cut the globe in half. Next, measure the diameter of the socket attached to an electrical cord, and use the measurement to draw a circle at the top of your half-globe. (Tip: It'll be easier for you to install the socket later if the circle is slightly bigger than the socket.) Cut out the circle, and insert the electrical cord, prongs first, from the inside of the globe. Finally, screw in a lightbulb and hang. Repeat these steps with the remaining globe half. And, don't forget to admire your clever upcycled vintage lamp from below.

NOTE: An earlier version of this article omitted how to secure excess cord. In this case, use a small ceiling hook to keep the cord out of the way. If you're swapping out the lamp shade of your current (hardwired) pendant, the cord will be hidden in the ceiling.


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