22 Old Things That Make Awesome DIY Lamps

August 11, 2017

22 Old Things That Make Awesome DIY Lamps

 

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.

You know how we’re always saying you can make a lamp using anything as a base?

From rotary phones to typewriters, or farmhouse equipment and even bicycle gear, there’s at least one lamp out there made from such an unusual item. Sure, when it comes to old and outdated materials, you might need to spend some time cleaning them up and making sure they look nice, but in all fairness, making a new lamp using something old as a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 it 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.

 

22 Old Things That Make Awesome DIY Lamps

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
Do it yourself: Electric Wiring | Flexible Metal Tubing | Rotary Phone | Light Bulb

 

2. Vintage Fans

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Above: Flea Market Lighting Fan Lamp with Edison Light Bulbs by Designing Wilder
Do it yourself: Electric Wiring | Thrift Shop Fan | Vintage Edison Light Bulbs

 

3. Funnels

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

 

4. Phonograph Horns

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Above: Antique Phonograph Horns Chandelier designed by Stephanie Bodine
Do it yourself: Pendant Lamp Kit | Phonograph Horns

 

5. Sieves

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 Above: Knock off Grain Sieve Industrial Farmhouse Pendant Light created by The Wood Grain Cottage Do it yourself: Pendant Kit | Balsa Wood Sheets or Basswood | Glue | Staples |Wire Mesh

 

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 

 

22. Candle Holders

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 Above: Upcycled Candlestick Table Lamp by Number11Interiors
Do it yourself:  Electric Wiring | Candlesticks | Light Bulb

 

The Common Denominator: Lamp Wiring Kits

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 right here.


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

 

22 Old Things that Make Awesome DIY Lamps - Read more at  I Like That Lamp (www.ilikethatlamp.com)

22 Old Things that Make Awesome DIY Lamps - Read more at  I Like That Lamp (www.ilikethatlamp.com)




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number11interiors

August 16, 2017

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