Turn an old cowboy boot into a fun, whimsical lamp! Due to the wiring specifications, this project requires adult supervision and should take no more than a couple hours to make.
For this project, you will need:
– Cowboy boot, any size
– 2-liter plastic soda bottle
– Box cutters
– Lamp kit
– Wire stripper
To begin, carefully mark and cut an “x” just above the sole of the boot, into the leather itself. This should be on the backside of the boot, and will later be used to run the electrical cord through.
Cut the 2-litter plastic soda bottle so that the height is one inch shorter than the boot itself. Set aside.
Thread the lamp cord through the hole in the boot, with the plug on the outside of the boot. Cut a hole large enough in the side of the soda bottle to run the cord from the inside of the boot through the plastic bottle. Set the bottle inside the boot.
Your lamp kit should include a lamp rod. Measure the rod and cut it with a hacksaw so that it is 1″ above the height of the boot. Thread the cord from the inside of the boot and bottle through the rod. Set the rod in the center of the bottle, and pour enough sand into the bottle to hold the rod in place.
Thread the locknut onto the lamp rod, and pull the cord through at least three inches. Screw the lamp neck onto the rod. Repeat with the harp bottom and socket cap, making sure all are tight.
Pull the cord apart two inches. Using a knife or wire stripper, remove 1/2″ of insulation from the wire. Do not cut the wire itself. Hold the wire so that the pieces are in a “y” position. Following the shape of the “y”, make a loop of each end of the wire, holding the end of one loop in front of the joined cord and the end of the other loop at the back of the joined cord. Slip each end through the loop formed by the opposing wire and tighten the knot. Pull on the plug end of the lamp cord at the base of the lamp so that the knot fits against the socket cap.
Using the directions that came with your lamp kit, find the neutral and hot wires. Connect the neutral wire to the silver screw on the socket. Connect the hot wire to the gold screw. Make sure both are tight.
Place the socket shell over the lamp socket. Pull the plug of the boot until the cord is pulled back into the lamp, and stays in place. Make sure the shell is locked in place. Raise the sleeves on the harp and gently squeeze while inserting into the harp bottom. Lower the harp sleeves to secure.
Add a festive shade, light bulb, and enjoy!