Concrete Bowl Lamp

HomeMade Modern DIY Concrete Bowl Lamp Postcard 

This is a super easy concrete DIY project. Use basic cereal bowls to form Quikrete cement mix into a futuristic-looking space pod of a lamp.

HomeMade Modern DIY Concrete Bowl Lamp Supplies 

SUPPLIES:

HomeMade Modern Glass Jar with a Lid
Recycle
I used a small preserves jar. Try to pick a jar that is big enough to hold a small light bulb but not so long that the two bowls of concrete will be too far away from each other.

HomeMade Modern Electrical Stuff: Socket, Switch + Cord
Available at Home Depot
Make sure the socket and lightbulb will fit inside your glass jar.

HomeMade Modern 2 Bowls
Available at Thriftstore
I used 2 porcelain bowls that I purchased at a thriftstore. Plastic bowls with a little bit of flexabilty could also work since it’d be easier to remove the concrete.

Either of these types of cement mixes will work well for this project:

HomeMade Modern DIY Commercial Grade Quikrete 5000
HomeMade ModernQuikrete 5000
Available at Home Depot
QUIKRETE® 5000 Concrete Mix is a commercial-grade blend of stone or gravel, sand, and cement and is specially designed for higher early strength. This is the recommended concrete mix to use because of the high early strength and low price. It’s great for making tables, pavers, stools, and lamps and is typically found in 80-pound bags at Home Depot, but 60-pound bags are also available.

HomeMade Modern DIY Commercial Grade Quikrete Countertop Mix
HomeMade ModernQuikrete Countertop Mix
Available at Home Depot
QUIKRETE® Countertop Mix is a super high-performance mix that is worth the price. It has no large pieces of gravel or aggregate, which makes it great for small intricate pieces such as lamps and vases. It’s easy to work with and comes in different colors. Most stores don’t carry it in-stock so call ahead to your local Home Depot to have it ordered for pickup.

TOOLS:

HomeMade ModernHot Glue Gun
Available at Home Depot

HomeMade Modern DIY RYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill
Available at Home Depot

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Draw a Ring in the Bottom of the Bowl
Place the jar, lid side down, in the bottom of the bowl and draw a ring around it with a pen.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 1

STEP 2: Make a Ring of Glue
Make a generous ring of glue right on tip of the outline you just drew. It should be about 1/4″ high. Make an additional line of glue about 3/4″ long that goes out from the ring. This line will create a channel in the concrete that will house the electrical cord.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 2

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 2

STEP 3: Place the Jar
Press the jar firmly into the glue, but not so hard that it pushes through and hits the bowl. You want the jar to rest on the ring of glue.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 3

STEP 4: Mix + Pour the Concrete
Mix the concrete and spoon it into the bowl. Vigorously vibrate the bowl to get all the air bubbles out of the concrete.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 4

STEP 5: Let the Concrete Cure
Let the concrete cure for at least 20 hours. Since the bowl I used wasn’t flexible, I waited 48 hours.

STEP 6: Remove the Concrete
I twisted the jar and removed the concrete from the bowl. If you use a plastic bowl, this step would be even easier.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 6

STEP 7: Mix, Pour + Place
Mix another batch of concrete and spoon it into the second bowl. Place the jar into the wet concrete and use a couple of wood scraps to prop it up. 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick pieces of wood work well.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 7

STEP 8: Let the Concrete Cure Again
Let the concrete cure for at least 20 hours. Since the bowl I used wasn’t flexible, I waited 48 hours.

STEP 9: Remove the Bowl
The concrete got a little stuck on the second bowl so I used a hammer and broke the bowl.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 9

STEP 10: Peel off the Glue
Use knife to peel and pry off the glue.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 10

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 10

STEP 11: Drill + Cut the Lid
Drill a circle of holes through the lid and then use a knife to cut through the metal in-between the hole.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 11

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 11

STEP 12: Insert the Light
Place the socket and light bulb into the jar and place the cord into the channel created by the line of glue.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 12

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Step 12

STEP 13: Turn It On!

HHomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP37 Concrete Bowl Lamp Options 

Good luck making your own concrete bowl lamp and please email, tweet or hashtag photos to @benuyedaben@homemade-modern.com or #homemademodern. For more detailed instructions, dimensioned drawings and different variations of the project, check out our soon-to-be-released book.

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