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Let there be light! Five inspiring ideas for DIY lamps

A living room come dining room is bathed in cosy lighting, while a DIY lamp stands next to the sofa.
DIY lamps bring an inviting, cosy warmth to your home. DIY lamp + the right bulb = pure cosiness!

DIY lamp + the right bulb = pure cosiness! The right lighting for your home is essential as the cold winter nights draw in. Discover five ideas for how to make cool DIY lamps – they’re the perfect way to combine winter preparations with your fondness for DIY!


For a solid effect: a DIY lamp with a concrete base

A DIY lamp with a concrete base and large bulb stands in front of a picture and a decorative wooden ampersand.
As an alternative to concrete, you can also model your DIY lamp out of stone-effect air drying clay. © mimimia

Nobody likes the look of concrete blocks in the city – but inside your apartment it can be a different matter. A homemade lamp with a concrete base combines industrial chic with pleasant lighting. If you’re not sure about actually pouring concrete, don’t worry – you can still create the effect using air-drying clay that looks like concrete.


Making a cable tangle look cool: a DIY lamp with textile cables

Three textile cables with bulbs are wrapped around a branch – and the DIY lamp is ready to go.
Modern, but still down to earth: A mix of textile cables and warming light bulbs creates a fabulous DIY lamp from a branch. © istock

Make this cool DIY lamp out of driftwood or simply a branch from the garden. Wrap two to three fabric cables with light fittings around the branch and fasten an eyelet for hanging the bulbs to each end of the branch. Now you can simply fit the light bulbs and plug in the cables.


A DIY lamp with round timber legs

A DIY lamp made from three rounded pieces of timber and a white lampshade stands on a wooden floor between a TV and a plant.
Choose your own cable for the lamp fitting, round timber legs and a lampshade to create a truly unique DIY floor lamp. © Pech & Schwefel

Are you looking for an unusual floor lamp to create just the right ambience in your living room? This DIY lamp with round timber legs can be customised to your own style with coloured wood, as well as a fabric lamp cable and lampshade in your own colour scheme.


Cactus DIY lamp

A cactus-shaped DIY lamp stands next to a small real cactus in front of a turquoise wall.
Put your own twist on this lamp by cutting the wood to a shape of your choice. © Lisa Tihanyi/Feenstaub

You won’t need green fingers for this cactus! Use a jigsaw to cut out the shape of your DIY lamp and use a cordless drill to drill holes for the LED fairy lights. Now you just need to join the two together, position your cactus, switch on the lights...and voilà! Full instructions can be found on the ‘meen feenstaub’ blog. Using the right drill bit , you can also suspend your cactus from the ceiling.


Last but not least: our IKEA hack

A wooden bracket is fastened to a wall to act as a holder for a DIY lamp with a white cable and large bulb.
Wooden brackets, conventionally used as shelf support, can be easily upcycled into a DIY lamp. © monochrome

Pick up a wooden shelving bracket from IKEA or any hardware store to convert it into a quick and easy DIY lamp. Screw the bracket to the wall, thread the lamp cable through the pre-drilled holes, and screw a bulb into the fitting. Your bracket lamp is now ready!

And there’s more – we have further ideas on how to build your own lamp , including a zigzag look or a ‘ floating lamp ’.