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Make your own concrete lamp very easily with this instructable!

I use it on my bedside table...

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Picture of Materials & Tools

This DIY is designed to be used in Europe at 220 volts. The plug and lamp holder must be changed to be used in other parts of the world.

Electricity can kill, be very careful with connections and insulation.

You will need:

  • Mold (I used a plastic pot)
  • Power cable with switch (You can make your own custom power cable, you just need a male plug, a switch and a power cable of the desired length.)
  • E27 lamp holder (Or another holder if you want another type of lamp bulb)
  • Cement
  • Sand
  • Insulation tape
  • Paper tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mini dril
markboak19813 months ago
hi, where did you get the plastic pot from ?
TheTugaHandyman (author)  markboak19813 months ago
Bought at my local store, is a plastic pot for plants.
Sorry for the time it took me to answer.
Marinus849 months ago
Very interesting as I did the EXACT same thing about 8 years ago. Sadly I never documented it, only have images of the end result, but it's very similar. I have made the process into a standardized way to make these lamps and it's works a treat. I'm just wondering, you don't use any mold release right? Also some advice for newer lamps: tie a knot into the electrical cable, this way there can never be strain on the connections.
TheTugaHandyman (author)  Marinus849 months ago
Thank you for your comment!
Although I have not documented I used Vaseline as mold release ... Thanks for the idea of tie a knot into the electrical cable!
tiagoadro1 year ago

I´ve a question, You are The TugaHandyman as in "Eu sou Tuga"? if so keep the good work! awesome project!

TheTugaHandyman (author)  tiagoadro1 year ago
Obrigado e abraço!
LaserDave1 year ago

Excellent job. I love that LED bulb, you say it's only 4W and is bright enough to be an effective bedroom lamp? I would be really interested in getting one of these bulbs, would it be possible to indicate where they can be purchased? Thanks for an interesting 'ible.

TheTugaHandyman (author)  LaserDave1 year ago
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it!
It is a 4W LED bulb equivalent to a 28W incandescent bulb with a color temperature of 1800k (warm white).

Very nice, thank you.

Thank you!
bpark10001 year ago

Rather than casting the cord directly into the concrete, I would cast a hose in instead. That way, if repairs are needed, a new wire can be slipped in. The wire will tend to fatigue at the point where it exits the concrete.

TheTugaHandyman (author)  bpark10001 year ago

Hello! It's a good idea, thanks for the advice.

seamster1 year ago

This is fantastic! Great looking finished lamp, and very detailed instructions. Well done all around :)

TheTugaHandyman (author)  seamster1 year ago

Thank you very much, I had great pleasure in creating this lamp and writing this instructable :)