22 Old Things That Make Awesome DIY Lamps - I Like That Lamp

22 Old Things That Make Awesome DIY Lamps

August 10, 2017

22 Old Things That Make Awesome DIY Lamps

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If you like lamps and have a thing for DIY home decor projects, you’re going to love today’s inspirational post. We are looking at 22 old things that can be upcycled into awesome DIY lamps that will add personality and coolness to any room in your home. Sure, when it comes to old and outdated materials, you might need to spend some time cleaning them up and making sure they look nice, but in all fairness, making a new lamp using something old as a base can be an easy and fast project to do yourself. You can even get the kids involved for some of the easiest steps of your project.

Check out this tutorial on how to make a lamp using anything as a base. Step by step instructions and list of supplies are included.

The following lamps prove that you can make a unique DIY lamp by putting to good use old items that have been collecting dust in your attic or garage. Yes, some of you might call that... junk. But at the end of the day, even junk can be upcycled into a beautiful new lighting fixture. Oh, and the best thing? No two lamps will look the same. So if you’re thinking of throwing some of the items on the list below, stop right there. Take a look and if you try (or tried) some of them out, we’d love to hear your story.

 

1. Old Rotary Phones

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Above: True Vintage Rotary Phone Upcycled Table Lamp by BenclifDesigns

2. Vintage Fans

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Above: Flea Market Lighting Fan Lamp with Edison Light Bulbs by Do it yourself: | Thrift Shop Fan |

3. Funnels

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Above: Repurposed Galvanized 40’s Funnel Pendant Lamp with Edison Bulb by Do it yourself: Pendant Kit | Thrift shop Funnel |

4. Phonograph Horns

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Above: Antique Phonograph Horns Chandelier designed by Do it yourself:

 

You really can turn anything into a lamp!

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INCLUDED IN THIS KIT:
  • 8 or 12 Foot Lamp Cord
  • 4 Piece Socket Set With Standard Off/On Knob
  • Rubber, Knurl and Metal Washers
  • Black Bushing
  • 4 x Lockwashers
  • 2 x Locknuts
  • 2 1/2″ Nipple
  • Detailed Instructions to Help You Make a Lamp     You Love!

5. Sieves

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Above: Knock off Grain Sieve Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Light created by Do it yourself: Pendant Kit | or Basswood | Glue | Staples |

6. Bottles & Jars

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 Above: Vintage Glass Bottle Lamp Seen at Art Dioli of Olson + Lewis Architects, Kristina Crestin Design, Photographed by Jamie Salomon Do it yourself: Bottle Lamp Kit | Lampshade Kit | Glass Bottle

7. Typewriters

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 Above: Repurposed Vintage Typewriter Desk Lamp by DesignTurnPike Do it yourself: Electric Wiring Kit | Typewriter | Lampshade Kit 

8. Thermoses

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Above: Upcycled Old Thermos Table Lamp Designed by House of Hawthornes   Do it yourself : Thermos | Bottle Lamp Kit | Lampshade Kit

9. Blow Torches

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Above: Industrial Antique Blow Torch Table Lamp by PukkaOriginativeWerk on Etsy  Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Edison Light Bulb

10. Sewing Machines

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Above: Sewing Machine Table Lamp Created by Jonathon Marc Mendes-Painted Love with Painting and Decoupage  Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Edison Light Bulb | Lampshade Kit (optional) 

11. Wind Turbines

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Above: Salvaged Wind Turbine Pendant Lamp created by Tony McCray of Rust in Peace Do it yourself : Wind Turbine | Pendant Kit

12.  Truck Springs

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Above: DIY Table Spring Lamp seen at Richard W Galloway on Pinterest Do it yourself :  Electric Wiring | Lampshade Kit | Coil Spring

13. Hats

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Above: René Magritte Inspired Jeeves Bowler Hat Wall Fixture by Innermost Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Black Bowler Hat

14. Kettles

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Above: DIY Upcycled Old Kettle Pendant Lamp Designed by Uniquelightingco Do it yourself : Pendant Kit | Kettle | Edison Light Bulb

15. Skateboards

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Above: Wall Fixture Old Skateboard Lamp Designed by MisterPiggies via Imgur Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Skateboard | Light Bulb

16. Film Photo Cameras

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Above: DIY Table Lamp Made from Recycled Film Camera Designed by Infmetry Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Film Camera | Edison Light Bulb

17. Toys

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Above: Upcycled Fire Truck Desk Lamp via Recycle Art  Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Fire Truck | Light Bulb

18. Old Irons

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Above: Old Iron Table Lamp Designed by ML Upcycling Licht Do it yourself :  Electric Wiring | Vintage Iron | Vintage Light Fixture | | Flexible Wire Tube | Light Bulb

19. Bike Wheels

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Above: Industrial Hanging Bike Wheel Lamp Designed by GoodLights Do it yourself : Pendant Kit | Bike Wheel | Light Bulb

20. Bike Gear

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Above: DIY Gooseneck Bicycle Gear and Chain Table Lamp Seen at Jenelle Guiod via Pinterest  Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Bicycle Gear and Chain | Light Bulb 

21. Nintendos

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Above: Upcycled Nintendo Table Lamp Designed by Woody6Switch Do it yourself : Electric Wiring | Nintendo Console and Joysticks | Lampshade Kit | Light Bulb

 

The Common Denominator: Lamp Wiring Kits

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INCLUDED IN THIS KIT:
  • 8 or 12 Foot Lamp Cord
  • 4 Piece Socket Set With Standard Off/On Knob
  • Rubber, Knurl and Metal Washers
  • Black Bushing
  • 4 x Lockwashers
  • 2 x Locknuts
  • 2 1/2″ Nipple
  • Detailed Instructions to Help You Make a Lamp     You Love!

 

In our store, you'll find Lamp Wiring Kits with everything you need to make a lamp you love. We carry 8" cord sets which are great for table lamps ($13.99) and 12" cord sets ($14.99) that are perfect for floor lamps. They're available in 5 different finishes so you can match the hardware perfectly to your next lamp project.

CRAFTING YOUR OWN LAMP

 

Making a DIY lamp is easy. You can find all the essentials of a DIY lamp in our shop. We sell styrene, lampshade rings, lamp harps and lampshade glue - everything you need to make a custom lampshade! Shop everything you need.


For tutorials, visit our dedicated section here or see what our contributors created.

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22 Old Things that Make Awesome DIY Lamps - Read more at www.ilikethatlamp.com #tutorials #diylamps #diy #diyhomedecor #diylamp



4 Responses

Sandra Champlin
Sandra Champlin

February 25, 2019

beautiful, wonderful imaginative way to upcycle

Sandra Champlin
Sandra Champlin

February 25, 2019

beautiful, wonderful imaginative way to upcycle

helene bouilland rachko
helene bouilland rachko

August 08, 2018

Fabulous. Fabulous. Fabulous!

Kaye
Kaye

September 05, 2017

I’m just amazed how people see something ,then make it so special.

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