Concrete Pendant Lamp

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Postcard 

Designer lighting can be quite pricey. You can make yourself an entire set of stylish concrete pendant lights with a single bag of concrete mix and some old plastic bottles.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Supplies 

SUPPLIES:

HomeMade ModernQuikrete 5000 Concrete Mix
Purchase at Home Depot
QUIKRETE® 5000 Concrete Mix is a commercial-grade blend of stone or gravel, sand and cement that’s specially designed for strength. It is available at Home Depot and typically comes in 80lb. bags. The hardest part about working with it is moving the 80lb. bag. Mixing the small quantity needed for this project is easy – all you have to do is add water and stir thoroughly.

HomeMade ModernElectrical Stuff: Socket, Switch and Cord
Purchase Online at Grandbrass.com

HomeMade ModernPlastic Bottle
Reclaimed + Recycled
2-liter soda bottles and a thin water bottle work well.

HomeMade ModernThreaded Tube and Nuts
Purchase Online at Grandbrass.com
These threaded tubes are a common lamp part and can be purchased online or salvaged from an old lamp. I used a 3/8th inch diameter tube.

HomeMade Modern3 1/2″ Deck Screw 
I used a single deck screw to help hold the plastic bottles in place.

TOOLS:

HomeMade ModernBox cutter or knife

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Cordless drill with a 3/8th diameter standard bit for drilling holes in the caps

HomeMade ModernWire cutters to cut the cord and strip the wires for reconnecting the socket to the cord after putting the socket inside the lamp

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Cut the soda bottle
Poke a hole in the soda bottle with a box cutter and use scissors to cut the bottom of the bottle.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 1 

STEP 2: Drill a hole in the caps of the soda bottles
It’s easier to drill a hole in the bottle caps when they are attached to the bottle. The hole should be just big enough to screw the metal tube through.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 2 

STEP 3: Connect the bottle caps
Screw the tube through both caps and use nuts on either side of each cap to hold them in place.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 3 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 3 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 3 

STEP 4: Screw the bottles into the caps
Screw bottles into the connected caps.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 4 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 4 

STEP 5: Use deck screws to stabilize the bottles

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 5 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 5 

STEP 6: Mix the concrete and fill the mold
Use a large spoon to fill the mold. Shake and tap the mold after each spoonful to make sure the concrete settles.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 6 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 6 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 6 

STEP 7: Remove the bottles
I used a box cutter and scissors to remove the plastic bottle.

 Optional Step: Cut back metal tube 
I like the industrial look of the exposed metal, but you can cut off the excess metal with a hacksaw if you want.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 7 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 7 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 7 

STEP 8: Sand concrete lamps
I used 120 grit sandpaper to smooth down the rough edges.

STEP 9: Wire lamps
Cut the socket end of the wire and thread the cut end though the bolt hole. Strip the wires and twist them together. Cover the exposed metal with electrical tape or wire nuts and make sure the pendant is securely fastened.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 9 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 9 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Step 9 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Options 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP9 Concrete Pendant Lamp Options 

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

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