Introduction: DIY Indoor Outdoor Concrete Lamp 2

Every since I made the first set of concrete lamps, I have been asked to produce another. This time it had to be easier to make, had to be larger, and with the option of placing it outdoors. After brainstorming here is the attempt of improvement. Check out the video for more details.

What you will need

1. Led String Light -

2. Felts Sheet -

3. Cement 4. Large vase ( I used a 24in tall x 7in)

5. Drill bits -

6. Random tree branch

7. Spray paint

9. Metal flashing

Step 1: Making the Storage for Led Controller

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I took a piece of foam from a shipping package. Cut it to create a cylinder. I closed it by taping the side. then cut out a circle to close off one end. A paper cup would work as well.

Step 2: Creating the Concrete Form

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I used a piece metal flashing to create the concrete form.

First I marked the metal flashing for the bottom of the form, I made this 5 inches tall. Next, I marked 2 inches above the first line. At this point, you will have two parallel line.

Now wrap the metal flashing around the vase. Close the flashing by taping the loose end. By the way, I'm using a large vase that's 24 inches tall by 7 inches. You can find that at your local craft store.

Next, I took two 1 inch rubber seal and follow the line going around the interior. Following the line I drew out. I did this twice which gave me a two-inch path around the interior of the flashing. This part will shrink the interior, which will make the concrete fit right over.

Step 3: Mixing the Concrete

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Take a piece of aluminum foil, place it down on a flat surface. Then I trace the vase and then the foam cup as shown. Use hot glue to secure the cup then the flashing to the marking.

Mix concrete and pour it in the form.

After a few days remove the flashing and rubber seal. The bottom was smooth so I only had to sand the top.

Step 4: Using a Tree Branch

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I took a tree branch and sprayed it with black paint. Allow enough time to dry. Depending on the size of tree branch you chose, use the appropriate size masonry bit. I use a 1/2 inch bit to drill down to the bottom into the foam cup. Test that everything fits nicely.

Step 5: Install the Light

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Drill a hole in the lower part of the concrete form for the power end to pass through. Next, use hot glue to hold the plug in place.

Pass the Led String light power end down through top then connect to the power cable.

Step 6: Adding the Lights

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Feed a few feet of the led into the vase. Then place the branch in the vase and feed more led as you proceed.

Now sit the vase on top of the concrete. I placed a felts pad on the bottom to protect any surface.

Step 7: The Finish

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I love the way this lamp came out. The LED String Lights works extremely well. I was able to get this lamp to work approximately 50 feet away. Hope you have a blast when you make yours.

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OmniChuck83 (author)2017-06-27

hi. How tall is the inner foam mold to create the space?

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treyes4 (author)2017-04-12

Great instructable!

Cris DIY (author)2017-04-08

This is just great! so so nice!

rmumma made it! (author)2017-03-24

Thank you for the easy to follow instructions and great video! I made this for my M-I-Ls 75th birthday and she loved it! Now I am making another one for my wife and I'm sure I will make a few more. Everyone I show is very impressed and really likes the lamp. It was SO EASY to make! You are amazing, thanks!

FernMakes (author)2017-03-22

Congratulations for winning the contest!

lpipmandenaut (author)2017-02-19

Absolutely LOVE it!!! What a great tutorial, detailed and thoughtfully presented too!

I want to make several, but would like to make them so that they use solar powered LED. Any suggestions would be appreciated:-)

Thank you again!

rmumma (author)lpipmandenaut2017-02-19

I actually bought a set of the small LED's like that that come with the solar panel attached, I would be happy to share the product link, if you are interested feel free to message me.

marcom13 (author)rmumma2017-02-19

Hey, I would love that link for the solar powered lights. Will you send the link Thanks in advance, that's an awesome option to this instructable.super! thanks, Emmett

rmumma (author)marcom132017-03-18

in case you haven't found any yet I just got these on Amazon and I'm going to use them in the next lamp I'm currently building. I will post some photos of it when I'm done.

rmumma (author)marcom132017-03-11

Hey Emmett, I am sorry, I didnt even see this message until now! Bu unfortunately, I was mixed up with another set I bought. The LED lights I have with solar have little globes about 3/4" in diameter and the ones I have in the style he uses here are hardwired. Here is a link to the solar ones, they are completely different but I might try them to see how they look. I am going to start building my lamp tomorrow. Once again, sorry for taking so long to reply!


Non Solar

Thank you, I plan to make a set of solar powered ones. I haven't put any thought to it yet. I would use the same method then figure where its best to put the solar panel. They sell these lights with a solar option as well. This one is a bit long but you can check it out.

FunLife3315 (author)diycreators2017-02-19

maybe make It stronger and put concrete on the top, then make an indentation. then it would be a solar concrete lamp!

Thanks for the offer and the link, both of you:-)! I actually have a set, one is quite a bit longer than the other, but the lighting is blue but I will try it out. I also feel I need to figure out how I would hide the electrical cord. I'll have to give it some thought:-) Fun!! Thank you again, and I hope you like your!

rmumma (author)2017-03-18

So I'm currently making two of these right now and I wanted to share a really easy way for making the hollowed-out space in the concrretr base.

I couldn't find that foam that you used and so I decided to use those foam beer can koozie holder things. They were only like a dollar and already put together, I just had to tape over the little hole in the bottom but they seem to work really good!

I will post some photos once I have the lamps complete, hopefully by this weekend.

Thanks again I really love this idea and my mom's going to love the one that I'm making for her too!

Craftcorner (author)2017-03-07

Great project!
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justgreg (author)2017-03-04

I love your projects, simple and beautiful.

Superjet96 (author)2017-02-28

Love this! Great video as well.

mwiltsie (author)2017-02-23

This is awesome!! Def making it for thw wife! What kind of rubber seal was used??

UdiA1 (author)2017-02-23

Beautiful end product, excellent tutorial. Probably will never make one as I haven't the skills or the time, but still enjoyed watching a pro at work.

soshman (author)2017-02-22

This is excellent! Looks gorgeous! I need to construct a few. These are gonna be great for my house's driveway.

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diycreators (author)BilL202017-02-21

Thank you

JenniferL267 (author)2017-02-19

Great project!

diycreators (author)JenniferL2672017-02-21

Thank you

clazman (author)2017-02-19

Very nice. I like your process too.

I would prefer exposed aggregate though

Oh, I voted for you!!

diycreators (author)clazman2017-02-21

Thank you and thanks for the Vote!

mrsfixit99 (author)2017-02-19

I absolutely love this lamp! I'm a sucker for lamps- period, but this is something I would love to make and have.

I would just like to say that you did a really excellent job on the video itself. I've seen some really bad videos but yours is very informative, clear, and professional looking. Good job!

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project! :-)

diycreators (author)mrsfixit992017-02-21

Great, thank you!

doing2much (author)2017-02-19

Lovely - simple and elegant!

I just voted for you :)

diycreators (author)doing2much2017-02-21

Awesome Thank you!

AmirulL1 (author)2017-02-19

the most beautiful project i've seen so far in here!???

diycreators (author)AmirulL12017-02-21

Awesome thank you :) means a lot to hear.

thundrepance (author)2017-02-19

G O R G E O U S !! :^D

diycreators (author)thundrepance2017-02-21

Thank you

Mitpay (author)2017-02-19

Awesome man! Great job!

diycreators (author)Mitpay2017-02-21

Thank you

naku1a (author)2017-02-20

thats perfect

diycreators (author)naku1a2017-02-21


KevinA5 (author)2017-02-20

DOPE! Love the finished product. Thanks for all of the great photos and instructions!

diycreators (author)KevinA52017-02-21

Anytime thank you !

mdheath (author)2017-02-20

This looks great. Very creative. I'm tempted to make a few of these to put on my patio.

diycreators (author)mdheath2017-02-21

Thank you :). Go for it!

ChrisH117 (author)2017-02-20

This is positively outstanding! Beautiful project perfectly executed. Just what this site is all about. Thank you!

diycreators (author)ChrisH1172017-02-21

Thank you :)

dvivster (author)2017-02-20

Wowza! Beautiful, creative and wonderfully explained. Thanks so much and i voted for you.

diycreators (author)dvivster2017-02-21

Awesome thank you :D

tfb1909 (author)2017-02-20

Awesome lamp. I voted for you, and following now! Keep up the good work.

diycreators (author)tfb19092017-02-21

Awesome thank you!

dbenedetto (author)2017-02-20

How would i use batteries for a power source?

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