A trendy DIY owl lamp for a fraction of the price

A trendy DIY owl lamp for a fraction of the price + genius furniture hacks!
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Resin Owl Figurine

RODD Table Lamp Base 35cm

Replacement Plug

Lamp Shade

Paint (colour of your choice)


Drill + Drill Bit

Wire Cutters



  1.  Drill a hole at the crown of the owl heads the same diameter as the RODD light tube.
  2. Drill a hole one inch from the bottom at the back in the ‘tail feathers’.
  3. Cut the plug off the light cord.
  4. Dry fit the RODD light stem through the hole you drilled at the top of the hole.
  5. Reach in through the hole (already in the very bottom of the owl decoy) and feed the wiring out the hole you created at the bottom of the tail feathers.
  6. Thread on the metal lamp base.
  7. The owl decoy I used had a line (seam) around the nose that looked very noticeable, so I filled it with paintable acrylic caulk.
  8. Now you can paint or spray paint your owl and light pipe any colour you like. Cover any parts (like the switch) with painters tape to keep it the original colour .
  9. Attach the replacement plug (strip the wires with wire cutters, wrap them around the two screws inside the replacement plug, tighten them, close up the plug).
  10. Add on your lampshade.

DIY Cane Screen

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Pre-Woven Cane (available through Lee Valley)

IVAR Side Units x 3 (any size but I chose 20” x 70” high)

6 brass hinges

White Ribbon (optional)

½ round pine trim


Staple Gun

Glue Gun




  1.  Cut your pre-woven cane so it is the length of the IVAR side unit. You want it to stretch from the top cross bar to the bottom cross bar. You can use sharp scissors to do this.
  2. Roll the pre-woven cane in the opposite way it came – this will help it lay flatter when you work with it. You can use an elastic to keep it rolled.
  3. Now let it soak for 2-3 hours submerged in water. This will make it more pliable.
  4. Lay out the pre-woven cane on the back of the IVAR frame. Starting from the middle attach with stapler on both sides. Slowly work your way out to the ends (and back and fourth between both sides of the frame) while stretching the cane to ensure it is taut.
  5. Repeat this for all three panels.
  6. Trim any excess cane from the sides.
  7. Flip over the panel. You now want to attach your pre-cut ½ round pine trim to the fronts of the panels. I attached these with hot glue. You want to attach into the corner created between the IVAR frame and the pre-woven cane. This will cover the second row of pre-drilled holes and frame the cane nicely.
  8. Let the cane dry over night.
  9. Optional step – if you want to make a clean finish on the back of your screen, you can use ribbon (and hot glue) to cover over the row of staples. This will create a clean back to the screen.
  10. Using 3 hinges – attach to panels together at the top, middle and bottom.
  11. Attach the 3rd panel with the other 3 hinges.

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