I have a bit of a lamp obsession. Rarely do I ever leave a good lamp behind at a thrift store or yard sale.

One of my favorite things to do to give dated lamps a boost and spice them up a bit more is to make custom lampshades and finials for them.

You can find a tutorial for how to make custom lampshades here.


Find out how to make lamp finials below.

Supplies needed:

Step one
Choose your object to place on the finial base. For this finial, I used a crystal I made using this tutorial. However, you can use just about any type of small object that has at least one semiflat side. I’ve made these using small plastic toy animals before and they worked great. I just spray painted them before proceeding. Fun ideas for kid’s room include using Legos in a small configuration or small characters found in those blind bags they love so much.

If you are using an object that you want painted, do this before placing it on the finial base.

Step two
Place a small amount of E6000 glue onto the bottom of the object, then press the object onto the finial base. Let this dry overnight before putting it into use. Place the drying finial in a small bowl of rice to keep it upright while drying.

Yes, it sounds weird, but it works!

The next day, you can put your finial into action.

I love the little added touch of detail these add to my lamps.

If you want to make a finial out of something like an agate slice, a more vertical stone, a seashell or something that has a narrow base, you’ll need a different type of finial base. You can read this tutorial for how to make those types of finials.

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at [email protected] or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.