Saturday, August 16, 2008

Cauldron Light cover

I was looking through some old pictures, and I ran across some for a light that I modified for Halloween in my breakfast nook. Someone asked me how I did it, so I took some pictures of the assembly when I removed the light fixture to replace it with a new one. I don't bother with it anymore, but I figured I'd share it here since it's not on my website.

I took a cheap plastic cauldron from Wal Mart and drilled holes in it randomly. I cut a big circle out of the bottom of it as well. Then I cut it down the seam, but not all the way down, so it's still held together at the base.

Now, I took the light fixture down to replace it with a new one, so I wasn't able to work with it on my desk originally - I had to use a ladder and work with it hanging from the ceiling. :) Anyway, I managed to get the cauldron around the light fixture and I used hot glue to close the seams back up. The hot glue comes apart fairly easily for quick removal of the cauldron after Halloween. I also used some black electrical tape on the seam INSIDE the cauldron, so that the light didn't show through the seam.

My light fixture has holes on the top for heat ventilation, so I used them to help secure the cauldron on there level. I drilled some holes along the rim of the cauldron and used some scrap wire to create hooks to secure it.

I wanted something to cover the top and help with color, so I used some green stretchy spider web stuff to line the top edge of the cauldron. It's VERY important to NOT cover the top of the light fixture itself. You don't want it to over heat and cause a fire hazard.

Now it's all done and ready to be lit up.

The green webbing really made the cauldron stand out. The hole in the bottom of it helped illuminate the table below, and the little holes all around it cast an almost disco-ball-like feel in the room. I got lots of compliments on it and I am currently thinking of making some table lamps from thrift store lamps using this same method.


Rob said...

You know I've always been astounded by your decor, but this REALLY puts it into perspective. Truly outstanding. :)

Ghostess said...

Thanks Rob :)

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Oh that looks almost doable! I might give it a try! I'm loving your blog! :)

Ghostess said...

Thanks Cat! I was thinking of you the other day while looking through one of my Halloween books... there was a nice picture of some old witch style boots with some ferns sticking out of them on a mantle... I thought it was SO Wizard of Oz-ish!