How to Create Unique Wall Sconces With a Plunger and Funnel

Looking to add a touch of personality and style to your home?

In this step-by-step guide, I'll show you how to create unique wall sconces using everyday items you probably already have lying around.

Not only are these DIY sconces budget-friendly, but they also offer the flexibility of wireless placement, making them perfect for any room in your home, indoor or out.

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1. Prepare the Plunger Arm

The unique wall sconce begins with repurposing a humble plunger.

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Start by removing the wooden stick from the plunger.

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Flip the rubber end inside out.

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Use a sour cream container or any circular object as a guide to draw a circle on the top of the rubber end.

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Carefully cut out the circle and trim the edges for a neat finish.

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2. Paint the Plunger Arm

Place the cut-out rubber piece on a newspaper and apply Rust-Oleum black spray paint evenly. Allow it to dry thoroughly while you move on to the next step.

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3. Construct the Backplate

Cut and sand one by six wood planks to create the backplate for your sconce.

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Attach the painted rubber plunger arm piece to the wood with four black screws. This will serve as the base of your farmhouse wall sconce, providing stability and rustic charm.

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4. Assemble the Shade

Now, let's work on the shade. Cut down the wooden plunger handle and screw it into the plunger part attached to the backplate.

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This creates a sturdy arm for attaching the shade.

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5. Attach the Funnel Shade

Grab a funnel and remove the tag on the edge.

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Predrill a hole.

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Using another black screw, attach the funnel to the wooden plunger handle. Make sure it is securely fastened.

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You now have the structure for your lampshade wall sconce.

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6. Add Lighting

Apply hot glue inside the funnel and insert a battery-operated puck light.

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The wireless design of this sconce means you can place it anywhere without worrying about electrical points.

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And there you have it! In just a few steps, you've created a simple wall sconce using items you likely already had at home.

Despite the inexpensive materials, the outcome is high-end and adds a touch of rustic charm to any space.

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Whether you're looking to brighten up your front entrance or add ambiance to your living room, these farmhouse wall sconces are sure to impress.

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  • Teresa Boring Teresa Boring on Apr 24, 2024
    so if you glue the light n how do you replace the batteries
  • Sue55323829 Sue55323829 on Apr 24, 2024
    My question exactly, don't you have to plug these lights in to charge them??
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Apr 28, 2024
    I truly Love this idea. I have those puck lights under kitchen cabinets and they're easy to replace batteries.
  • Tbarr95 Tbarr95 6 days ago
    Hello, You gave us all the finger. (#6)Did not, even show us a smile!Well hopefully next time (or article. ;)