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How to make a wall lamp (sconce)

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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

















 
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Step 1: Making the base: Step 1

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

Step 2: Making the base: step 2

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Temporarily stick the template to the 12" x 12" aluminum sheet and using straight pattern metal snips, cut the aluminum sheet according to the template (wear gloves): cut along the solid lines, remove the small rectangle in the middle of the square, and bend the middle square 90 degrees. 
TCL271 year ago
What a neat project! I plan to pin it to our Lighting & Fans pinboard. Check it out at pinterest.com/homedepot

- Chante
EYSpace (author)  TCL2711 months ago
So glad you like it Chante, and thanks for sharing my project on your Pinterest board !

Isabelle
This is very cool :) Thank you so much for sharing.
EYSpace (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks and you're welcome!
These came out really beautifully, thank you so much for the share and clear instructions. <3
EYSpace (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
You're welcome and thank you so much for your kind words!