Stone Tile Lamp




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While looking for a new table lamp for my living room, I saw a beautiful lamp made of marble, but at $120, it was a bit more than I would consider spending. So here is my attempt to make a cheap imitation.

I used stone tiles glued together and a cheap picture frame as the base. The tiles cost about $3.00, the frame $1.00 and the light socket and cord about $9.00.

Step 1: Materials:

  • marble/stone tiles (I used 8 4X4inch tiles)
  • wood for base (I used a picture frame)
  • light socket , cord, and two wire nuts
  • vinyl bumpers
  • glue -Weldbond works well with tiles
  • grout (a matching colour)

Step 2: Assembling the Tiles: Making the Four Sides

The lamp is made from a total of eight tiles, two tiles high and one tile wide with four sides.

  • The first step is to glue the four sets of two tiles together along their edges. Make sure the sides line up evenly. Allow to dry fully, the glue I used takes 24hrs to cure.
  • Once the glue is cured, apply grout along the seam between the two tiles and wipe off any excess.
  • Allow the grout to dry before you proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Assembling the Tiles: Glueing Together the Sides

  • Glue one side piece to another forming a 90 degree angle. You may need something to prop it up so that it remains at the proper angle as the glue cures. Repeat with the remaining two pieces. Allow glue to cure before you continue.
  • Apply glue to the edge of each of the two 90 degree pieces and place one on top of the other forming a box. Allow glue to cure.

Step 4: Assembling the Tiles: Applying Grout

  • Now that you have the tile box glued together apply grout to the seams between the sides.
  • Wipe off any excess grout and allow to dry.

When the grout has dried you can still "tidy up" the grout with sand paper.

Step 5: Assembling the Base

  • I used a picture frame as the base of the lamp. I cut a small pieced of plywood to cover the opening at the bottom and some cardboard cut to the same size for spacing.
  • With a Dremel I cut a notch on the bottom of the frame, as well as holes in the cardboard and plywood piece for the cord to fit through.
  • I screwed the light socket to the centre of the plywood piece.

Step 6: Glueing Base and Adding Feet

  • Connect the cord to the wires of the light socket.
  • Glue the cardboard and plywood pieces to the frame.
  • Glue the tile box to the frame.
  • Add the vinyl bumpers to the bottom of the frame.
  • Allow the glue to cure.
  • Screw in a light bulb and enjoy your lamp!



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    3 years ago on Introduction

    Just found this and can't wait to try it. I will use slabbed agate which is translucent and has amazing patterns and crystal formations in the middle (the druzy part of the geode for example). If it works as well as I think it will, I will post a picture.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Loved the lamp! Had to make one myself couldn't find any marble tiles, so I got some stone ones. It was the first thing I have made from here, and you could say it it inspired me to do more.Thanks for the Great Instructable!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I guess if you had a bowl or dish on the bottom istead of the wood frame and use an underwater light, that would look really cool. Have you seen this fountain.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm going to build your lamp, but now also I have a nice fountain to make out of the left over tiles from my bathroom floor.  Thanks!


    9 years ago on Introduction

      Wow! This is pretty awsome and would be fun to make. Thanks for the idea and guide. :)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It was close in size, about half a centimeter too small so I just sanded it down to fit.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It would be interesting if you somehow drilled holes into the tiles so that they resemble dominoes. Then you fill in the holes with some translucent material so that the light could have a softer glow.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    My husband has made several lamps out granite, and they are beautiful! He scrounges all the granite from an artist/counter guy who makes custom pieces. If a piece he is working on breaks, the granite is no good to him, and waalaa! Free granite!

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    He's lucky to have such a great source for material. The lamps must be beautiful.


    9 years ago on Step 6

    Very nice lamp and very good instructions. Thanx.