DIY License Plate Lamp

1.5 Hours

Take two license plates and add some plumbing bits for an easy industrial style lamp.
License Plate Lamp
All you need are 2 license plates, some brackets, an electrical light fitting, a four way PVC box, some plumbing bits, a pipe and spray paint.
What you need
Making the lamp shade
Bend the license plates using a piece of wood. Place the license plates together and attach using brackets and a pop rivet.
Making the base of the lamp
The thread on the galvanized elbows are a perfect fit for the PVC box, simply twist them in to form a sturdy base for the lamp. Screw the pipe into the base and spray the base with Rust-oleum Metallic spray paint. Attach the base to the lamp shade and wire up.

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Michelle Leslie

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3 questions
  • Kim
    on Jan 24, 2016

    Love this. What watt bulb did you use? Concerned about the metal and heat.

    • Michelle Leslie
      on Jan 24, 2016

      @Kim Hi Kim, we used a golf ball energy light and hubby put insulation tape on the wire support frame. I was also really worried, it's a light in my son's room and we stay in a thatch roof house so any electrical stuff needs to be super secure.

    • Michelle Leslie
      on Feb 17, 2016

      Oops I didn't answer the question fully. It's a 15W energy saving light bulb.

  • Sally Baker
    on Jan 25, 2016

    How did you attatch the shade to the base?

    • Michelle Leslie
      on Jan 25, 2016

      @Sally Baker Hi Sally, we made a frame inside the license plate shade from wire. I've added a pic that might help.

  • Becky
    on Jan 27, 2016

    have you ever cut license plates ?? I'm starting a project & will need some smaller pieces ?? Great lamp by the way !!

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  • Coni
    on Jul 26, 2017

    Big smiles from me...That is just too cool.
  • Linda Abate
    on Dec 9, 2017

    A lamp any teenager would be happy to have, especially if the license plate was from his first car. Also great for a man-cave.

    • Michelle Leslie
      on Dec 10, 2017

      Wouldn't that be lovely Linda. My so is still driving his first car but I'll remember that for the day he sells it. Great idea

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