My mommy used to make lamps out of old wine bottles and such. She'd fill em with marbles to hold it upright with all the hardware on top. They sell the lamp kits all over the place. I think I got mine at Michaels.
In camp, I always had fun doing uhm... Gimp thingies. I think it's called Lanyard, or what have you. With this stuff : http://www.joanns.com/catalog.jhtml;$sessionid$0X5BO4AAAAPU2P4SY5LRIHR50LD3UEPO?CATID=82447&PRODID=46864
I don't remember how to do all the things, you're on your own there.