DIY License Plate Lamp

Michelle Leslie
by Michelle Leslie
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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  • Kim Kim on Jan 24, 2016
    Love this. What watt bulb did you use? Concerned about the metal and heat.

  • Sally Baker Sally Baker on Jan 24, 2016
    How did you attatch the shade to the base?

  • Becky 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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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Dec 09, 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 Michelle Leslie on Dec 09, 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

  • Suzie 50 Suzie 50 on Sep 20, 2021

    So cool, love this project! You are very creative. Thanks for sharing it.