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13 Upcycled Lamp Projects You can Make at Home

There’s no really good reason to buy a new lamp when the world is filled with already-made items you can convert into cute, upcycled lamps for your home. You can get a lamp fixture from your local hardware store for as little as $5; the rest is just imagination and moxie…. Here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Our first set of upcycled examples use blown up balloons and white glue to create rounded lamp shapes. You can stick practically anything on a balloon to make a lamp, let the glue dry, pop the balloon and presto!

Gorgeous Upcycled Teacup Lamp

All you need is a porcelin drill bit and this lamp project is a go! Get a step-by-step guide here.

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Upcycled Cocktail Umbrella Lamp

I have always loved cocktail umbrellas and I am so glad someone found a way to utilize them for something that is permanent.

You can make your own cocktail umbrella lamp or get one from Alison Patrick’s Zipper8Lighting Etsy store here. Alison makes a wide variety of really fun and incredible upcycled lamp fittings. From pop tabs to old road maps and coffee filters, Alison’s creative genius knows no bounds.

Upcycled Doilie Lamp

This is a Greenmoxie fav and a great way to use grandma’s doilies. You can see a step-by-step guide to making your own here.

Our next set of lights require a drill and a ceramic drill bit. Be especially careful when drilling holes into glass items.

Upcycled Coffee Cup lights

Tea cups, coffee cups and glasses all make idea upcycled light fixtures. Simply drill a hole in the bottom and feed your lamp fixture through to create original designs. This upcycled coffee cup design was created by the Anthology Quartet.

Or check out this upcycled Coke Bottle chandelier by Organic Green Roots.

Or this striking upcycled teapot lamp by Merveilleaux on The Upcyclist.

We think the world of this one!

Upcycled globe lamps

Or this really cute upcycled string of salt and pepper lights (perfect for patios!)

We think this upcycled idea is just grate…

Recycled grater light

Or make a strained glass window or door from upcycled slides

Are you ready for this jelly?

Upcycled jello moulds

And we take our hats off to this one!

Upcycled top hat lampshade

The bird is the word!


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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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4 thoughts on “13 Upcycled Lamp Projects You can Make at Home

  1. kimberley

    Hey Moxie! We have something in common! Thank you for your inspiration… I am just getting back to my custom fabrication biz after a 4 year hiatus , so stay tuned for some inspiration from another “Moxie” designer.
    Feel free to drop me a line anytime…

    Happy Trails,

    1. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

      Always happy to meet another moxie lover! Would love to see more of your designs. Have a good one Kimberley

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