DIY lamp recycling


We continue with our review of articles on DIY to not leave you alone in these days of forced imprisonment. Today we are going to find out how to create lamps yourself, an important element of the furniture and suitable for any room in your home.

Let’s start by saying that making a DIY lamp is a self-made activity that is a bit particular and slightly more complicated than the others. This is because there is a need for a minimum of manual skills with wires and electrical resistances.

But there is no reason to be discouraged, indeed, with the right will and a pinch of creativity, you can create really interesting models! Let’s see how.

Using the creative recycling technique you can have fun to create original decorative elements for all the rooms of your home. Lots of objects that we think are useless and to be eliminated can be reused to become original furnishing accessories and eco chic.

For example, creating a lamp with recycled materials is simple, cheap and ecological. Here are many ideas for original and inexpensive DIY lamps to be made with the creative recycling technique.


The essential accessories to make a DIY lamp are:

  • First of all, as we said earlier, a lot of creativity, will and a pinch of manual skills;
  • Recycle objects or natural elements that will be the design for our models;
  • One or more light bulbs;
  • A lamp holder.

Then, depending on the project you choose to make, glue, nails, a hammer and a drill may also be needed.


Choosing an aesthetically pleasing light bulb could greatly improve the appearance of the final project. Those selected by us for the DIY chandelier project are:

  • Minger bulb – is an LED lamp with efficiency class A+ equipped with a twilight sensor that automatically, when detecting the change between day and night, changes the color of the light emitted;
  • Tapered Vintage Bulb – not as efficient as the first one but undoubtedly has a high aesthetic value. This vintage light bulb will give an extra touch to the DIY projects in which it will be used;
  • Spherical Vintage Bulb – similar in concept, but with a spherical shape, this retro bulb, furnishes with little.


The lamp holder is often underestimated in the realization of a DIY chandelier, yet it has a great influence on the final result. A splendid lampshade could be diminished by a horrible exposed cable.

Here is our selection of lamp holders that could add an extra touch to the DIY project.

  • White lamp holder – an economic alternative is to opt for a very simple white lamp holder to be covered with rope;
  • Colored lamp holder – If you love bright colors, this lamp holder is available in 10 colors to choose from: yellow, white, blue, brown, green, gray, black, blue, red and purple;
  • Natural materials – textile cable and natural wood support;
  • Industrial lamp holder – Looking for an industrial look? This accessory is for you. Rope pendant and bronze lamp holder.



Wood has always been an extremely versatile material, used for ornaments, furniture and design objects.

To build an original wooden lamp and style etno chic, take the base of an old abatjour without lampshade and apply to the metal structure of the wooden clothespins. Place the clothespins by choosing the arrangement you prefer and the congenial height to direct the light beam according to your needs.

If, on the other hand, you want to give the room a Shabby Chic style effect, cover the base of the lampshade with dry branches, pickled in white and arranged vertically.

Instead, the ropes and dry branches are ideal for making date lamps for environments with a natural and Scandinavian style. Long trunks, left in their natural state or painted in white, support the hanging bulbs, while the small and irregular branches are ideal for decorating old abat-jour.



Since glass is one of the most difficult materials to dispose of, why not reuse bottles and jars to make them suspension light points? Beautifully scenically, the illuminated colored jars will make the atmosphere of the room warm with a soft and dynamic light.

Creating DIY lamps with bottles of famous brands and collectible alcoholic drinks is easy and will give the room a vintage and welcoming atmosphere.

For example, splendid hanging chandeliers are defined by simple wine bottles tied to long black threads.

DIY lamp recycling


If you have old books at home that you no longer read or are partially ruined by time, you can use them as a structure for the base of a lamp.

In addition, you can create the latest lampshades simply by using cardboard!

An original idea is also to build small lamps using a glass as the base of the structure and create a lampshade with colored cardboard.

This type of lamp is ideal for positioning as a table centerpiece with a candle inside to create the right atmosphere.


Plastic objects are also recyclable and can be used to create fantastic lamps. Take for example your grandmother’s old phone and use it as a base, while the handset will be used to attach the light bulb.


Even copper lends itself very well to reuse for new creations. For example, copper pipes, pulleys and closed circuit clocks define truly extraordinary lighting fixtures, which perfectly match the industrial style.

Many companies sell do-it-yourself lamp kits with pulleys, ceiling hooks and cages to be mounted comfortably at home.


Why not give new life to kitchen accessories when are they no longer used or are they too old or partially broken?

In fact, a pasta drainer can become a perfect chandelier to illuminate the kitchen worktop, a cheese grater can become a beautiful soft light lamp for the living room or for a hallway.

Grandma’s old forks and spoons can be brought together and used to become a decorative element for the lampshade of a table lamp or to make the structure of an old chandelier original.

An original idea is to use kitchen whips or ladles as a candle holder to make your work surface in the kitchen welcoming and original.


As we have just seen together, it can be produced a lamp from practically anything: from baskets of old washing machines, perforated crockery holder, tarts molds.

Even simple bent metal cables can form the cage from which to make light bulbs pop out. Extravagant, iconic or vintage, depending on the preferred style, the new DIY lamps will become the attractive point of the whole environment!

So, don’t be afraid to experiment and try this new DIY activity, with responsibility and attention. You will see that following our advice, step by step, you will have nothing to fear in the realization of your project.

In addition, if you decide to actually produce your DIY lamps, leave a comment at the end of the article attaching a photo of your project!

Instead, if you are lazy and you don’t want to create a DIY lamp, don’t worry! We also have the solution to this problem.

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