DIY Concrete Lamp Shade Light

9 Materials
2 Hours

Steph had an idea to create a lamp that was totally made of concrete which included the lamp shade. It was an interesting idea but I couldn't quite grasp the concept. Actually, it wasn't until the lamp was finished and I saw how it was put together that I had the "ahh ha" moment!

With Steph's idea in her head, we set out to find suitable molds for the base and lamp. Target had everything we needed. We picked up a few styles of water in various sizes of bottles for the base and found two flower pots in different sizes that would be perfect in which to cast the shade.

​A trip to The Home Depot was all we needed to fill the remainder of our materials list!
Pots from target for casting the lamp shade
Cut a hole in the smaller pot and silicone a PVC cap halfway in the hole.
Mix concrete and add it to a plastic mold. We used a life water bottle with the top cut off. Add a PVC pipe in the middle and tap mold many times to remove air bubbles.
Mix concrete and add to the larger pot then add the smaller pot in the middle. Keep adding concrete and vibrate the mold to remove air bubbles.
After 24 hours, remove the molds.
Add an LED light strip to the inside of the shade.
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  • Equ13024608
    on Aug 6, 2017

    Looks okay,but this is not for the home, and not even sure if its for the outside. What does this "lamp" weigh?
    • Mary
      on Apr 25, 2019

      Also great for outside on a patio, where exposed to some weather.

  • Mary
    on Oct 4, 2017

    are the led lights solor power?

    • Joe Jones
      Joe Jones
      on Sep 11, 2019

      You can get them USB powered too and you can have the wire run through the pipe and out the bottom you can even do it in such a way that the wire come up through the table the lamp sits on and it plug right in and sit on the plug and never even see a wire

  • Lisa West
    Lisa West
    on May 2, 2019

    I wonder if this could be done with a normal light socket and wiring? To possible hang from a ceiling. The concrete would have to very thing about half inch or so as to not RIP wiring apart. It's most deffinatly fire proof. I like the idea. For those who feel it would fall over make a concrete plate for the bottom.

    • Benjamin
      on Mar 21, 2021

      Short answer, No... There are plenty of hang from your ceiling light videos. This isn't one of those.

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