DIY Concrete Lamp - Led String Light

11 Materials
2 Days

I used these lights for an end table. What's nice about these lights is that all the electronics are hidden. It's a simple project that requires very little tools and can enhance any space. For more awesome DIY be sure to check out my youtube channel
Here is a step by step video to make this lamp.
It's a simple project that requires very little tools and can enhance any space.
I cut the PVC first to create a straight edge. Then I set my stop block to make a 5 inch cut on the miter saw. You can make as many as you'd like, but I made two. Since the piece of pvc was outside collecting dirt, I gave them a quick wash down so no dirt transfer to the form. Since the piece of pvc was outside collecting dirt, I gave them a quick wash down so no dirt transfer to the form.
The form needs to be hollow on the inside to hold the LED controller. You can use what ever you come up with. I used two water bottles as a place holder.
Keep in mind the water needs to me centered in the form. I made the water bottles 1.5 in below the rim of the PVC.
The top of the form need to be small enough at the top for the vase to cover. I used a (1 inch) foam weather strip to prevent the cement from filling this area.
To cover the bottom of the PVC I used plastic wrap . Then used masking tape to hold it in place.
Then I took a bucket, added concrete then water. I mixed the concrete with a small shovel.
I placed the bottle in the center then poured the cement mix. I added a small amount then used a mallet or a hammer to tap the outside of the PVC.
This helped the cement fall to the bottom. When I was tapping the PVC I noticed the bottle was attempting to rise to the top, so I kept an eye on the bottle.
Then I used the sander. During the vibrating process I used a nail to hold the bottle down.
I let the form sit for a few days to cure. The bottom was completely covered with concrete. Not a big deal I took a hammer and broke the thin layer. Now I normally use some kind of oil to help with the release process. However I forgot to add oil. To remove the PVC I made two cuts 2 to 3 inch apart. I made sure to not go all the way through the PVC while using a hack saw. Try not damage the form. Then I pulled and cut the section out. The PVC released easily.
I didn't sand the body of the form. It was very smooth. The top however required some work because the vase didn't fit. This was something I knew I would have to address before I started. To sand the I used a 60 grit sand paper. Then I drilled out the top with a masonry bit . The bit pressed down on the plastic bottles so I was forced to remove it. My intention was to keep it in the form. Not a big deal though. Next I notched out a channel for the power wire to pass through.
Then I passed the string lights through the hole. I connected the light to the controller and then the transformer to the control. Then I placed it inside the concrete. I applied hot glue to the channel then placed the wire in the channel. Add a little more glue on top. I didn't show it, but I also added hot glue to hold the IR in place.
I installed the wire in the vase and placed the vase on the concrete base. Plugged it in and was ready to go!

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16 questions
  • ADub
    on Dec 19, 2016

    Really nice and creative Glen! Thanks for the video. Now how much for two lamps? No seriously!

    • Glen
      on Dec 19, 2016

      Thank you, My pleasure. I'm going to make plans to sell them in the new year. If your interested I could get you a two. I just have to do some research to find a fair value.

    • ADub
      on Dec 20, 2016

      Well i'll be glad to accept 2 as a Christmas gift! And help you promote! 😜 Really, I would like two of them, lemme know.

  • Mary S
    Mary S
    on Dec 19, 2016

    great looking. do you have any for sale?

  • GBK
    on Dec 19, 2016

    Is there any way you could do a full tutorial on mortar and concrete? I am very timid about it, and I don't know what all the different types of bags are for. I'd be relectant to buy a bag, for fear it would be the wrong one. Just thought I'd ask, because this video was so well done, and encourages me to try it. Thanks!

    • Glen
      on Dec 19, 2016

      Sure I could totally do one. Its on my to do list now.

    • GBK
      on Dec 20, 2016

      Oh, that's wonderful! Thank you so much, I'll be waiting for that. I'm very enthusiastic to learn about it, so many projects are possible! :-) This will be fun. Thanks Glen!

    • Melissa V
      Melissa V
      on Dec 20, 2016

      Yay, me too!

  • Dee
    on Dec 19, 2016

    great work, video was very helpful, I am curious, how much did this cost?

  • M. M..
    M. M..
    on Dec 19, 2016

    If you HAD oiled the pvc pipe for easy release, it would have stained the concrete. It's a good look but not anything like your matte finished ones. There are mold release sprays available, or one can use oil, petroleum jelly, etc. if you don't mind the oiled cement look.Cornstarch works well, too in some molds. Then you can skip the step of sawing through the pvc. I think next time, for clarity's sake, you can edit out your bad steps and re-shoot photos of the right thing to do. Save the pvc molds intact for more lanterns! Very cool project!

    • Anita shull
      Anita shull
      on Dec 19, 2016

      He WAS cool in my mind🎄🎄🎄

    • Glen
      on Dec 19, 2016

      Thank you. You make some good points take them into consideration for future projects.

    • Melissa V
      Melissa V
      on Dec 20, 2016

      To M.M.. Hey sounds like you have all of the right answers to making this project-Can't wait for your post on how great your projects turned out!!!

    • Mindy
      on Dec 20, 2016

      I personally like it when people leave in their mistakes. Helps me to avoid those, when I think I might have a shortcut, but then I get to see how it might not work. Thank you. Beautiful project.

    • Gwen Nicholson
      Gwen Nicholson
      on Dec 20, 2016

      Great idea..thanks for the details.. I just cant believe someone would be so rude and obsessive as to suggest you edit the mistakes (ways of learning and improving) out of a post...i would put creativity and invention above perfection any day....

    • Terri
      on Dec 20, 2016

      This is such a cool project and I appreciate when someone shows their "errors" it is a learning tool in my eyes.

    • Jewellmartin
      on Jul 29, 2017

      Please continue posting as many pics as you can, @Glen. I learn from my mistakes, and from others', too. Best wishes 😇
  • Cfr2230743
    on Dec 19, 2016

    Do you live in Missouri? I need help with concrete/cement projects! 😬 Hahaha!

    • Glen
      on Dec 19, 2016

      Lol no I live in Florida. What kind of help do you need?

    • GBK
      on Dec 21, 2016

      I saw him first, Cfriender, lolol, get in line, haha! That's ok, he's nowhere near me either!

    • Doris sharpe
      Doris sharpe
      on Dec 24, 2016

      Glen that was a great project. I'm going to pass it around. Wished you were in my area too.😍NY

  • Eli15279596
    on Dec 19, 2016

    how do you have this stuff lying around the house, could you use anything ese?

    • Lindalee_47303
      on Dec 19, 2016

      I'm a woman who rarely makes things like this. I bet if I looked in the garage and shed I could come up with the stuff to make these.

    • Melissa V
      Melissa V
      on Dec 20, 2016

      Pretty sure he had a plan

    • Bonnie
      on Dec 20, 2016

      Just like shopping at Michaels or a Home goods store for a project, except he shopped for his materials at a hardware store.

  • Barbdella
    on Dec 20, 2016

    What was the cost if these?

    • Shawna Bailey
      Shawna Bailey
      on Dec 21, 2016

      I's guess about 8 dollars each for the supplies

    • Lr428303391
      on Jul 28, 2017

      Awesome work. I like the concept of what you did and it's different. Great job sir. Great job.
  • Lynne Webb
    Lynne Webb
    on Jul 28, 2017

    Just adorable! Think, think is there any way you could reconfigure these to use solar lights? I have them in every potted plant and it lights up my world til dawn. I am following someone's instructions to use clear nail polish to keep any rain from seeping in.
  • Ardale
    on Jul 29, 2017

    These are so cute! I'd like to ask where did you find your glass tops or are they plastic and what size are they? Would love to make some of these for outdoor use if I can figure out how to make them weatherproof yet still be able to get in to change the batteries when needed! You could even paint your bases to match your décor if you wanted to! Love them! Thanks for sharing!
  • Carole Rice
    Carole Rice
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Do we need a special kind of brand of concrete. Are all concrete mixes the same? Merci
    • Elvira Moran
      Elvira Moran
      on Nov 25, 2017

      I believe Pre-Mix is what he used.
    • Jeff Weaver
      Jeff Weaver
      on Sep 16, 2018

      You should be able to use a CEMENT mix as well for a smoother look (if you don't like the look of concrete with the stones/pebbles in it)

  • Ashley
    on Jun 28, 2018

    This is awesome!! Is there anyway you could paint the cement bottoms?

    • JoAnn Meyer
      JoAnn Meyer
      on Sep 15, 2018

      Paint them, cover with fabric or wide ribbon, cover with rhinestones or other "jewels", ideas are endless.

    • Susan Arlitt
      Susan Arlitt
      on Sep 15, 2018

      don't paint them, concrete is organically beautiful. Painting it would be like painting rocks.

    • Janice
      on Jul 17, 2019

      You can add color to the mix before forming, if you want color throughout the base.

  • Melanie Sturm
    Melanie Sturm
    on Jul 18, 2019

    Could you use a 2lt plastic bottle instead of PVC?

    • Lisa West
      Lisa West
      on Jul 24, 2019

      I don't see why you can't. Just oil it so it comes out easier. Give it a shot. Do some thing small for a trial run.

    • Elizabeth Avila
      Elizabeth Avila
      on Jul 29, 2019

      Definitely could

    • Luna
      on Feb 28, 2020

      My thought exactly! Much easier to remove and to acquire if you don't happen to already have some leftover pvc pipe.

  • CasualHomeStyle
    20 hours ago

    This is pretty slick! I like it, thanks for sharing your step by step. Sharing...

  • Jan piner
    Jan piner
    7 hours ago

    Awesome project!

    thx for sharing.

    wonder if u could cover the pvc with concrete mud for a similar look. Do u think that would work?

  • Tim Walters
    Tim Walters
    7 hours ago

    I was not able to open the website... I am very curious about other creative ideas!

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