12 Projects of Christmas - Project #8 Lobster Buoy


12 Projects of Christmas - Project #8 Lobster Buoy

Sent in by a customer, we turned an actual lobster buoy into a functional light fixture!
Color Cord Product You'll Need:

Porcelain Plug In Pendant Cord Set

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting
First things first, we measured for the appropriate depth so that the Porcelain Plug In Pendant Cord Set sits inside the buoy.  Next, we cut it in half so we can hollow out the bottom portion.

Step 2: Hollowing out the Buoy
To make the buoy function more like a shade, we hollowed out the bottom portion of the buoy so that the Porcelain Plug In Pendant Cord Set sits inside the buoy.

Step 3: Sanding and Gluing Back Together
After we hollowed out the bottom portion, we sanded the entire buoy down and hot glued it back together, resulting in a functional light shade.
Step 4: Painting
We painted the buoy with different colored sections and finished it off with some stenciled numbers.  "2288" was printed at the bottom of the buoy in its original state and we wanted to keep that detail in our new design.
Step 5: Plug In Pendant Assembly
In order to fit the Porcelain Plug In Pendant Cord Set through the middle of the buoy, we had to disassemble the porcelain socket.  This is easily done using only a screwdriver!  If you need assistance on re-wiring your porcelain socket, check out our video How To Wire a Porcelain Socket.
Step 6: It's Lobster Season!
Is Lobster Season a thing?  Probably not, but we'll go with it!  This nautical themed pendant was one of our more original requests and we think it turned out better than expected!  Send us photos of your DIY Holiday Projects!