Copycat Vintage Thermos Lamp

Upcycled Vintage Thermos Lamp by

I’ve always heard that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  I hope that the talented Pam from House of Hawthornes agrees with this because I 100% copied her clever idea for making a lamp from a vintage thermos.  Pam found her thermos at a yard sale and mine was a dumpster diving find.  I loved this thermos the minute my friend Suzanne pulled it from the dumpster and graciously let me have it knowing that I would use it in a vignette for seasonal decorating.  It’s been in the basement waiting to be used and now it’s in our office where it’s both decorative and useful.

Lamp Made from a Vintage Thermos


This thermos lamp was very easy to make following Pam’s instructions.  I found the shade and lamp kit needed for the project at Lowes.  The most time consuming part of the lamp making process was breaking the glass liner and removing the glass shards from the thermos.

Vintage Thermos Lamp by


Since the thermos is lightweight, I filled the bottom with sand and pebbles so that it won’t topple over when it is being turned on and off.

Upcycled Vintage Thermos Lamp by

Wouldn’t this be a great lamp for a porch or a lake cottage?  I have a feeling that this lamp is going to get moved from room to room in my home as I find new spots to use it.


  1. Cute lamp! I have seen these thermos at thrift stores and wondered what to do with them
    Your lamp is cute! I’m sure Pam is flattered. ;)

  2. I’m very flattered, Paula!!! It looks great! I can’t believe you found that in the dumpster though. Who in their right mind would throw that away!

  3. Wow, I love this! It looks fantastic! What a fun project!

  4. Suzanne Ramsey says:

    So cute!

  5. Hi Paula – What a great and creative idea, I just love it! Such a fabulous gift idea for friends and family who are big campers, I know they would love it. Pinning and hope you have a happy Sunday!

  6. Hi Paula ~ Your vintage thermos lamp is genius! And I can’t believe you scooped it out of a dumpster – free $ and cool too. Because it’s so fantastic, we are featuring your thermos lamp this week at Share It Sunday. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us and don’t forget to grab a “featured” button, too!

  7. The minute I saw this I was in love! It is such a great use of a vintage item, Paula. Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} ~ your project was one of our features this week. I hope to see you for tonight’s party!


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