Introduction: DIY - Concrete Lamp

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A lamp from concrete easily can be made by yourself with quite simple tools and materials. Of course there are some steps must be noted to achieve good results. Exactly these steps I would like to show in a short video.

I would be pleasured if you would share your experience of making the lamp of concrete with me.

Here you can download the template as a PDF file for free.

Step 1: Download

For a precise work I have prepared for you a drawing as a PDF file which contains measurements I used. The drawing can be downloaded here free.

Tamplate free download: DIY - Concrete Lamp

Step 2:

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First you will need a wooden board which is 14cm wide and 80cm long. From this board you need to saw five pieces with following dimensions:

4 pieces 14x16cm
1 piece 14x14cm

Therefore you can use any electric saw or a hand saw.

Step 3: Assembly

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After you have sawed out all the pieces drill the holes at each position where you will set screws. Do not forget to drill a hole for the wire on any sidewise pieces. Now screw all the wooden pieces together to a box. All the inner joints of the assembled box have to be sealed with silicone so that water cannot escape.

Step 4: Socket

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Stick your lamp socket on a piece of double-side tape and cut out cleanly the overcoming tape. Remove now the cover paper of the other side and glue the socket centrical on the bottom inside the box.

Tip: Mark previously the position of the lamp socket. It will be important to place the socket correctly the first time so that the tape adheres better.

Step 5: Wire

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I would recommend you to use a part of a pipe to put the wire through the wooden hole. With that firstly the textile wire will be protected and secondly water will not escape later. Finally mask all the places on your lamp socket with waterproof tape where water maybe can get through. That will be necessary in order to keep the socket clean and dry from the inside.

Step 6: Concrete

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Now it gets exciting! You need approximately 6kg of ready concrete mixture. Depending on which concrete you are using pay attention to the correct volume of water and to the manufacturer’s notification.

Step 7: Fill Concrete

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When the concrete is mixed, fill it into the box slowly. Knock and shake the box frequently while you fill the concrete to avoid air inclusions.

Step 8: Drying

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Only after 48 hours the box can be disassembled carefully.

Step 9: Connect Wire

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Now you need only to connect the wire and your concrete lamp is ready.

Attention: If you are not well informed of electricity you have to get a specialist to plug the electric cable.


jkb_6 made it! (author)2017-08-09

I made it. Quick and easy....just how I like my projects. This one turned out "OK", but not great. I didn't mix enough concrete, so you can see the line where the two batches meet. It's alright. Also, the caulk I used from the cabinet never hardened so it made a mess. Not a big deal. I bought some grinding/sanding heads for my angle grinder, smoothed it off and then put on a high glass sealer.

Tip: Be careful with the cord if you want to polish it! Angle grinder got away from me and tapped the cord.

olivierph (author)2017-01-08

Hello, thank you for the step by step tutorial.

I'm having trouble with cracks appearing from the socket to the edges.

When i took it out of the mold, it was perferct but after a few hours, cracks appeared.

2 attempts, same result, (1 week and 2 weeks of drying though).

Any ideas ? What kind on concrete are you using ?

Thank you for your help !

ftix made it! (author)2016-09-21

Thanks. Very cool lamp and super easy to make. Everyone who sees it wants one for a gift. I'm going to add an on/off or a rotary switch on the next one.

Ekelk made it! (author)2016-07-17

I made it, but the double sided tape did not hold so I have a cute crooked light. The socket is rubber so I wonder if that was the issue. Any ideas?

pauajusa made it! (author)2016-04-30

Thank you for the Tutorial. I am very happy with my result. :)

OlivierM4 made it! (author)2016-03-21

The finish was difficult, but I am satisfied with the result.

Matthiasl (author)2015-07-21

Made it!

georgydaly (author)Matthiasl2016-01-19

Hi Matthias, the lamp looks great- congratulations! I'm just wondering what the name of the bulb you used was, or where you purchased it alternatively? I'm living in France but if I could order online that'd be great

georgydaly (author)georgydaly2016-02-17

Thanks for the info Matthias! I will definitely give it a go and will share the results :) Best,

Matthiasl (author)georgydaly2016-01-20

Hi, thanks for the comment!

The bulb is called "Danlamp Deco Globe Deluxe Light Bulb". Mine was 60w which can be a bit bright if you want to look at it a lot, I think you can also get it in 25 and 40 watts. (The company's website: ).

I live in Iceland and purchased it from a local shop, but it is also available on Amazon:

Hope this helps!

zowzow (author)2015-07-20

Great instructions! I had a great time making this!

Charteroak (author)zowzow2015-08-28

Where can you buy that bulb and what is it called?

MartinT6 (author)Charteroak2015-08-28

It's called the Edison bulb and you can buy them on Ebay for example :)

alexejnagel (author)MartinT62015-08-29

Thanks for your comment :)

planea2 (author)2015-08-11

Felicitaciones Muy buen trabajo !

chrisjlionel (author)2015-08-02


chrisjlionel (author)2015-08-02

Include light shades that would be so cool

platdujour (author)2015-07-17


That would look great with Plumen bulb [$prod_exlrg$] but the, but the socket would have to be set deeper to hide the transformer part. I'll have to think about this..

chrisjlionel (author)platdujour2015-08-02

Cool bulb

AlexN2 (author)2015-07-30

Concrete or Cement? I see both at Home Depot.

マークス祐 (author)2015-07-22


I would try this.

ooohlaa (author)2015-07-22

Luvlee presentation, so clear and precise. Opens up all kinds of ideas for concrete I bought over a year ago and is in my shed. Hope its not solid by now!

erickruse (author)2015-07-19

Wow! Great job. I am going to have to make this. Thanks for sharing.

wannabemadsci (author)2015-07-18

Great instructions. I love how it turned out.

3366carlos (author)2015-07-18

very nice, I assume the socket must be water proof.

Kinnishian (author)2015-07-17

Is the OP maybe German? I know at least in German you say that something pleasures you to indicate you like it, ("Das gef:alt mir", something like that) and it is more like saying "that pleases me." It's only in english that then pleasure has more sexual connotations.

Which is somewhat interesting, how we have words like "please [asking]", "pleases [experiencing]" and "pleasures [sexual connotations]". I mean they're very basic words but we somehow got all tangled up with the pleasures one and how its culturally seen. I'm not really eloquently describing it, but my point is how basic and simple and very similar the words are. Even better: "Pleasurable" is a fairly very benign word, yet it's pretty much the same as "pleasures" just like an extra step towards indirectness that makes it acceptable and totally different.

divimo (author)2015-07-17

I'm trying to do this.

Carleyy (author)2015-07-16

This looks so sleek!

wilsondm (author)2015-07-16

bom trabalho e facil de fazer

SagarM5 (author)2015-07-15

its good idea thanks

CraigRJess (author)2015-07-15

Nice lamp, well done!

Awesome video!

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