How to best explain this:? First, if the Spool in question is large enough with a large hole, you can easily slide it onto a pre-existing lamp base (Available at your local craft store) and decorate it to your taste. I like nautical themes, so I wraped the body of the spool with rope, then I bought a lighthouse cutout, painted it, and attached it to the spool. I finished it off with some sand that I glued to the base to give it that beach look.
For smaller spools with smaller holes, I got the lamp parts at a hardware store, and assembled them according to instructions I got from a wireing/electronics book. for the "feet" of the lamp, I used those wooden craft balls fixed to the bottom with a strong epoxy. Decorate in a similar fashion.
I've always been better at showing than telling. Let me know if this does'nt make any sense!
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