To construct a tabletop lamp is by using a vase for the base. It adds girth and flair and it really opens up your choices! With the wider mouth of the vase however you may need to add a clear plastic or glass plate that is wider than the opening to keep the shade from sinking down. The larger the plate the taller the shade will stand. The plate is also a good spot to place your LED votive. For something a little different I like to place the LED votive upside down. Doing so allows both illumination of the shade and a reflective glow in the glass vase. Using a colored LED votive will produce a soft gel effect.
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