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Christmas Punched Tin Lamp

Christmas Vintage Lamp

 We found this lamp this summer and I was smitten.  Not sure exactly how old it is, but the wiring was pretty scary.  It had a fine wire that almost looked like old stereo speaker wire cord.  The lamp had been waiting patiently to be used.  It’s very nice on its own, but as its Christmas I added some bling.

We were not aware that vintage punched tin lamps existed. I don’t know the prices where you live but near Edmonton new punched tin lamps cost more than $200, so this vintage one was a serious find.

The lamp was extremely dusty, but had no dents or rust.  I just wiped it off with dish soap and a soft toothbrush and made sure to dry it really well with a soft cloth.

Herman rewired it for me and we spent a few hours carefully pinching modern electrical wire through the fittings but we eventually finished it.   I gave it a Christmas themed makeover  for the holidays and thought I would share.

Vintage Christmas Lamp

Christmas Arrangement Tutorial

Christmas, Vintage, Punched Tin, DIY MakeoverStart by tying a ribbon onto the lamp, or a giant pine cone, or a vintage tin.   Create a six layered circle ribbon and then attach it to the first ribbon with wire or thin ribbon.










Vintage, Christmas , Punched Tin, RefurbishAdd pine cones to add length and substance to the arrangement. Simply wrap wire around the cones and then around the fitting on the lamp.

Next add an embellishment as a focal point.  In this instance I chose a little red bird.

Once you have the focal point go ahead and fluff the ribbon to fill in any gaps.

Add greenery on the bottom side of the arrangement.


Christmas, Vintage, Punched Tin,

I am so glad Herman gifted me this lamp.  The lamp is gorgeous at night when when you can see all the light coming through the punched tin.  This lamp deserves a permanent home, not sure exactly where it will end up.

Christmas Lamp at Night

This lamp is much more spectacular when turned on at night.

Christmas, Vintage, Punched Tin, DIY, Home Decor


Thanks for reading.




  1. What a great job in restoring the lamp as well as decorating it! I knew someone when I was growing up that was a welder who in his spare time would create punched tin accessories. Yours is lovely. And the video was great, thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xokathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}

  2. LeannaForsythe says:

    I am the only sister and had three sons, no girls. I now have all grand daughters and love it. Boys learn to appreciate pretty, they may not understand us, but they do know it matters, eventually anyways.

  3. You are very creative!
    I have five boys who would think that pretty lamp would make a wonderful target. I have to remind them that pretty things are necessary:).

  4. Jann Olson says:

    What a find. I love it! Also love how your dressed it up! I just finished decorating my family room and kitchen in plaid. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Jann: This is the first year I have decorated in plaid, or red for that matter. I bought 8 metres of the plaid and managed to use all of it.

      I look forward to seeing what your home posts look like. Thanks for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Its really pretty lit up. I can’t wait for hubs to hang it up for me. Thank you for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I was excited, I had no idea that real vintage electric ones existed. I have not been able to find out its age, but I love it just as it is. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  5. What an amazing find, so pretty and you’re a natural Leanna. Loved the video and your technique is way easier than the others I’ve seen.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I like doing them this way because they are pretty foolproof. Thanks for watching the video. I got a learning curve every way I look, but you gotta start. Leanna

  6. It looks so lovely and perfect for Christmas Leanna! But I can see how you could also keep on using it after the holidays. What a great find!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Katrin:

      I am very enthused with this lamp. I haven’t been able to find out how old it is. It is especially pretty at night.

      I appreciate you joining in on the link party and coming to post as well. Your support is awesome. Leanna

  7. Naomi Shelton says:

    Very sweet! So festive with the pine cones and ribbon and greens. I’m curious to see what it looks like without the decorations, though. Is it really an electric lantern? The loop I see on the top must be to carry it–supposedly, if it weren’t wired.

    A very nice find!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Naomi: I have tried to find a lamp like this online in order to figure out how old it is. When I bought it it was wired, but the wire in it looked really old and was much thinner then modern wire. We had our work cut out fitting the modern wire into the existing wiring holes.

      I am assuming its from the 40’s but truly have no idea.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Leanna

  8. I’ve never seen a lamp like this before – wow, what a find! It looks so warm and cozy for a cold winter’s night and so festive for the holidays adorned with the embellishments. I bet it casts the prettiest glow and patterns on the surfaces around it. Very nice!

    1. What an awesome video tutorial on how to make a bow! Up until today I have been using a bow making tool but that ended after watching this – thank you!!!

    2. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you for the feedback Marie. I decided to take a deep breath and do a video tutorial because this bow really is simple and easy. I am really glad you found it helpful. Let me know how you make out.

      PS I have looked at those bow making tools, so much nicer than purchased ones are.

      Thank you for the feedback. I increases my confidence. Leanna

  9. The lamp is charming and heartwarming……and the Christmas decoration you added just made it that much more.! Thank you for sharing the tutorial; creating the embellishment that you did just seems so complicated to me! But the step-by-step make sit seem less intimidating! Pinning!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Kristine: I am glad you enjoyed the tutorial. As you are a crafter I am sure you have the supplies on hand, I hope you do an arrangement as well. I would enjoy seeing it. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Lisa: I am really thrilled with this lamp. We had some challenges rewiring it, but it is really pretty lit up. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  10. OHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! This is so very beautiful. I love how you decorated it for Christmas. 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Melissa:

      I took the plunge and donated all my old skinny plain lamps. Slowly replacing them. Not sure where exactly this one will end up, but for the holidays its in the main room.

      thank you for commenting.

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