All you need to do is drill a hole through each book (make sure you’ve read them first!), then stack them onto the shaft of a lamp base. Add a painted wire shade, and this light will look right at home in your favourite night-time reading nook.
Gather your supplies
* Hardback books (6)
* Table lamp base
* Wire lampshade
You'll also need
Ruler; pencil; clamps (2); timber offcuts, about 200 x 100 x 14mm (2); Dulux Spraypak Quick Dry Metal Primer; Dulux Spraypak Quick Dry in Flat Black; hole saw; contact adhesive; rubber washer (we used a cistern washer); scissors; screwdriver; light bulb
On underside of 1 book, use ruler and pencil to mark a line from corner to corner in each direction to find centre point. Repeat for each book.
To make a drilling template, drill hole through 1 timber offcut.
Place other timber offcut on workbench. Put 1 book on top, with centre mark face up. Then put drilling template on top, with hole lined up with centre mark on book. Clamp assembly using clamps, 1 on each side of hole.
Cut hole in 1 book using hole saw. Repeat for each book. Remove any paper caught in hole saw with screwdriver.
Stack books over lamp shaft in desired arrangement. You can alternate cover colours or turn books at different angles.
To cover hole in top book, cut from edge of rubber washer to centre hole, then glue in place.
Clean and dry wire shade. Apply 1 coat of metal primer and allow to dry. Apply 2 coats of black paint, allowing to dry between each coat.
Fit shade to base, add a bulb and your lamp is complete.