I wanted to design and make wall lamps (sconces) that could work in my rental apartment and that were easy to customize to fit any look I wanted. The result are these inexpensive wall lamps made in 2 parts, the base and the shade. I love the fact that you can make a custom lamp shade to work with any decor and that you can easily change it if your tastes change over time. I've designed a lamp shade you can make with poster board and cover with fabric, wallpaper or panel material and I've also designed one made with wood edging. Regardless of the shade, I recommend only using LED light bulbs with these lamps.

Because the wall sconces are made with a plug-in light kit with a switch, you can install them on a wall or on a wall panel without having to deal with electrical wiring – perfect for renters! 

Here are the materials you'll need and I've attached pics of the tools and supplies needed to build the lamps:

Base (for 1 wall sconce)
12” x 12” aluminum sheet  $7.50
Candelabra light kit (clip-on socket & switch)  $6.00
Panel lamp shade
8” wood embroidery hoop  $1.50
Poster board & ribbon  $2.00
Panel material (IKEA ANNO SANELA)  N/A
Long prong silver brads (1 bag = 30 brads)  $2.00
Plastic corner guard (2 ft)  $1.00
Wood lamp shade
8” wood embroidery hoop  $1.50
Iron-on pre-glued birch wood edging (3/4”)  $6.50
Long prong brads (1 bag = 30 brads)  $2.00
Plastic corner guard (2 ft)  $1.00

Step 1: Making the base: Step 1

Draw the template for the base on a piece of paper or poster board.

<p>hi i've watched all of you video yesterday and i love all of those, i just wanna ask if i can use illustration board instead of alluminum sheet? thank you.. :)</p>
Thanks GracielleA! I used the metal sheet because it can be bent at a 90 degree angle and hold it so it's perfect to hold the light kit and the metal also reflects the light nicely.
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I'm envisioning this idea put to work with some kind of double-sided room dividers made from beautiful handmade paper with a glowing light inside. Thanks for the inspiration!
You're welcome, glad to hear it sparked another idea!
What a neat project! I plan to pin it to our Lighting &amp; Fans pinboard. Check it out at pinterest.com/homedepot <br> <br>- Chante
So glad you like it Chante, and thanks for sharing my project on your Pinterest board ! <br> <br>Isabelle
This is very cool :) Thank you so much for sharing.
Thanks and you're welcome!
These came out really beautifully, thank you so much for the share and clear instructions. <3
You're welcome and thank you so much for your kind words!

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