When you’re having a get-together or a party that calls for serving trays or platters, they can feel a little boring. Don’t get me wrong, I love a clean, white serving dish as much as the next person, but I’m all about a little color and pizazz every once in a while! So that’s where today’s post comes in!
I’m going to show you how to take an old, unloved lamp and turn it into a cute and quirky serving tray that will be the star of the snack table at your next party.
DIY Lamp Serving Tray
- An old lamp (the bigger, the better)
- A round, metal baking sheet
- Drill or dremel tool
- A cap nut
- Epoxy or other strong adhesive
- Spray paint
First you’ll need to disassemble the lamp. Start be unscrewing the lampshade, then remove the lamp socket using a pair of pliers. Cut the lamp cord below the socket, and pull it away from the base.
Author’s Note: My lamp turned out to be made of several individual pieces stacked on top of each other, so when I was removing the socket and cord, it kind of fell apart. But I just used the epoxy to glue each piece back together as I reassembled them around the center rod. No big deal!
Next, you’ll cut a hole into the center of your metal baking sheet using your drill or dremel tool. The hole should be just a little bigger than the size of the threaded rod in the center of your lamp.
Unscrew the nut from the threaded rod, then slip the baking sheet over it. Place a washer and the nut you removed back onto the rod, adding a bit of epoxy to each as you put them in place. Finish it off by adding a cap nut to the threaded rod with a bit of epoxy.
Once it’s dry, use your new tray to serve whatever you want! I opted for cupcakes, because in my opinion, there’s never a wrong time to throw a cupcake party. :-) I love the look of it, plus I love how it elevates the cupcakes off the table, leaving more room for plates or napkins. Pretty AND functional, my favorite combination!