DIY Indoor Outdoor Concrete Lamp 2

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Ever, 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 - http://amzn.to/2koQPfq

2. Felts Sheet - http://amzn.to/2lJowbY

3. Cement

4. Large vase ( I used a 24 x 7 inches)

5. Drill bits - http://amzn.to/2kwnv1P

6. Random tree branch

7. Spray paint http://amzn.to/2kwbZDE

9. Metal flashing http://amzn.to/2hvS7TZ

Step 1: Making the Storage for LED Controller

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

Step 2: Creating the Concrete Form

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 two inches above the first line. At this point, you will have two parallel lines.

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 one-inch rubber seals and followed 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

Take a piece of aluminum foil. Then, place it down on a flat surface. Then, 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

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

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 the top. Then connect to the power cable.

Step 6: Adding the Lights

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 felt pad on the bottom to protect any surface.

Step 7: The Finish

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

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356023

Question 10 months ago on Step 1

what is the size of the foam

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356023

Question 10 months ago on Step 1

what is the size of the foam

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Timjanes

11 months ago

Such a great design. It popped up in the feed around NYE this year. Great to see it getting attention!

Question : I've thought about making a bunch of these and using around our pool for ambience. The solar option would be ideal, as would a non-glass enclosure. Anyone know anywhere to get an acrylic or plastic vase like this? I've scoured for them in the past and not found anything that seems right (most aren't tall enough if they're a good width or are too skinny if they're tall enough). Thanks!

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jahoeferTimjanes

Reply 11 months ago

You won't really find suitable acrylic vases in this size. If you are looking to make these for around your pool, you could use acrylic display stands and modify them to your needs. I warn you, they are not cheap. If you're crafty you could potentially make something similar to one of these stands cheaper by using plexiglass or acrylic sheets cut to size. It'd be a lot more work but I think the end result would be what you'd want. If you do make them, please upload some pictures. I'd like to see the end product. Good luck & HNY.

http://www.shoppopdisplays.com/P_PED-ACRYLIC-CLEAR-RAISED/clear-acrylic-pedestal-display-case.html

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Jane Ward

11 months ago

Wow, that is awesome. I so have to make one of these. Thanks for the upload.

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FloridaJo

11 months ago

That is so cool. I didn't even know these LEDs existed, and with remote too!

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OmniChuck83

1 year ago

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

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treyes4

1 year ago

Great instructable!

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Cris DIY

1 year ago

This is just great! so so nice!

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FernMakes

1 year ago

Congratulations for winning the contest!

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lpipmandenaut

1 year ago

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!

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rmummalpipmandenaut

Reply 1 year ago

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.

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marcom13rmumma

Reply 1 year ago

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

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rmummamarcom13

Reply 1 year ago

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.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HTE1FY4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_7UyKiddx8Ygeo

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rmummamarcom13

Reply 1 year ago

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!

Solar
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solar-String-Lights-EveShine-19-7-ft-30-LED-Outdoor-Solar-Powered-Crystal-Bal-/201829592342?hash=item2efdfb2d16

Non Solar
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M1FWVZN/ref=o...

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diycreatorslpipmandenaut

Reply 1 year ago

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. http://amzn.to/2kNrXt6

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FunLife3315diycreators

Reply 1 year ago

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

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lpipmandenautdiycreators

Reply 1 year ago

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!