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diy project: sarah’s china teaware lamp

by Kate Pruitt

I’ve seen a few lamps of this kind available in stores lately, but they are all a bit pricey; it’s clearly a great design that is begging for a DIY version. So I’m thrilled to see someone tackle this very feat and with such great results! Sarah Goodwin, designer and founder of the creative firm Daisies & Pearls, created this custom design for a local bakeshop — perhaps the most perfect spot for a porcelain teaware lamp.

The hardest part is sourcing such lovely porcelain pieces, but once you’ve found them, the steps are remarkably easy. I love the mixture of solid white and patterned pieces, and I’m tempted to challenge myself with a floor lamp version! Thanks for sharing, Sarah! — Kate

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  • lamp kit (available at most hardware stores)
  • strong ceramic adhesive
  • teaware (cups, saucers, teapots, etc.)
  • plate with fluted edges for the base
  • drill press or corded/battery-operated drill*
  • tile/glass drill bit*

* You can check out our first DIY 101 to learn more about drills and the different kinds of bits!


1. Submerge each piece of teaware in a tub of cool water prior to drilling to prevent the tile/glass drill bit from overheating during the drilling process. Carefully drill a hole in the center of each piece.

Editor’s note: When drilling all the way through a material, it helps to place the item on top of a piece of scrap wood to protect the surface beneath and to provide support for the material.

2. Now that the hard part is over, the design process can begin. Decide how the teaware should be stacked, taking in to consideration the lamp-kit wiring instructions. Begin gluing the pieces together. I found that working in sections is best. As the lamp is stacked, pull the wire through each section.

3. Once the adhesive is dry, finish the wiring and assembly per the lamp kit’s instructions.


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