With just one simple instruction, namely “Drill a hole” you can transform the beautiful fairylights available form Cable & Cotton into a totally unique bedside lamp. Now, I can’t take all the credit for todays DIY delight! The idea was sewn all those months ago when Rock My Style First Launched (Serioulsy where have the last 3 months gone?).
Who remembers Laurens trolley styling post? Well for her bar themed trolley Lauren had the genius idea of drilling a hole in a vintage soda syphon and threading fairly lights through with a dazzling effect. I thought the soft glow of fairly lights would create the perfect ambiance for a bedside light and the colour combinations that Cotton & Cable have available means that this idea could fit into any bedroom colour scheme.
What you Need
- Some Fairy lights from Cotton & Cable
- A power drill
- A 6mm tile cutter drillbit
- A sweetshop style glass jar
What you Do
- Drill a hole toward the base of the glass jar
- remove the plug from your fairy lights and thread
- Replace plug
- thread fairy lights into the cotton lanterns
A few helpful hints and safety notes!
I was apprehensive about drilling the glass but actually it was easy. I was imagining shards of glass flying about all over the place but if you use the correct tile/glass drillbit the only mess created from the drilling is a very fine white powder. Despite this when working with glass and drills you should always wear goggles and take appropriate safety measure.
The drilling is very slow going – I advise drilling slowly and don’t apply pressure – let the drill action do the work… You’ll get there eventually. I took about 12 minute to drill through my glass jar. A 6mm drill bit worked well for this application.
You will need to unscrew, remove and rewire the plug in order to thread the light cord through the jar. Cotton & Cable fairly light cables use transparent cable to I suggest marking the end of one cable with a marker pen so that you ensure rewiring without mistake.
I bought my jar from TK MAXX home for about £5.00 brining this project in at under thirty pounds. I had more fairly lights than lanterns (I couldn’t fit all the lanterns into the jar) so I doubled up and put two lights into most lanterns. Seemed to work pretty well… What do you think?