Written by: Aleena Najeeb, 11/11/2021

how to make a desk lamp banner

Hello beautiful people! Today, we’re bringing you the easiest guide and showing you how to make desk lamps that brighten up your lives with the available things in our houses.

Unfortunately, we frequently see DIY lamp projects that require complex procedures or professional assistance. But don’t worry; this guide ensures that even a novice can make these lamps.

Here we will design different lamps that are functional, aesthetic, and, most importantly, easy to make. 

A word of caution

Please make sure to take all precautionary measures before working with any kinds of tools, materials, and electrical equipment. If kids are planning to make these, then make sure you get help from your elderly to avoid any kind of inconvenience. Always do your research before trying anything new!

How To Make a Desk Lamp: The Simplest and Cheapest Ways?

all our diy desk lamps in one picture
Picture of all our DIY desk lamps that we're going to make.

We’ll be making lamps with different items, such as

  • Wood
  • Tree branches
  • A liquor bottle
  • A tin can
  • And a mason jar.

Most of these items would already be available at your homes. At the same time, the rest can be easily obtained from the market at very reasonable prices.

You can use leftover liquor bottles and cans. Mason jars are also available at very affordable rates. Pieces of wood are also no exception in terms of prices. You can also use small branches of trees to make lamps.

A few other things that we’ll be needing are:

  1. Light bulb holders
  2. Sockets
  3. Cords
  4. Light bulbs
  5. Fairy lights
  6. Glue
  7. Cutters
  8. Scissors

and similar items.

Let’s get to work! ☺️

How Do You Make a Wooden Desk Lamp?

DIY wooden desk lamp
Our finished wooden desk lamp.

Let’s begin by making a wooden desk lamp that is simple to make and still looks beautiful on your desk. This lamp will amp up your space and have people asking you where you got it from.

The things that you’ll need for this lamp are:

  1. Wooden pieces (2 side pieces: 9’’x3.5″ and 4 small for top and bottom 5’’x2″)
  2. Glue Gun
  3. Sandpaper
  4. Light Bulb
  5. Light Bulb Socket with cords
  6. Hammer and nails (optional, in case you want to use this instead the glue gun)
various tools and materials to build a wooden desk lamp
All the necessary parts and tools needed for this build.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

The first thing you need to do is sandpaper all the edges of your wooden pieces to make sure they are smooth.

Step 2:

Now, take the bigger wooden piece and join the smaller pieces on all four of its corners using the glue gun.

wooden-piece
wooden-piece2

Step 3:

Now, join the other bigger piece with the smaller pieces in the same way and glue it down. (I kept a hammer and nails with me in case it didn't hold well with the glue, but it actually bonded very strongly. Hence, I ended up using glue only).

completed-wooden-pieces

Step 4:

  1. Insert the light bulb socket from the top.
  2. Wrap the cord around.
  3. Attach the bulb carefully.
light-bulb-socket-cord

Now light it up, and voila!

We’re done with our beautiful wooden desk lamp. Put it up on your desk and get ready to wow everyone with your new desk lamp. I also added a small plant underneath the bulb to make it even more aesthetic.

diy-wooden-lamp

How To Make a Desk Lamp Out Of a Liquor Bottle?

a diy liquor bottle desk lamp
Our finished diy liquor bottle desk lamp.

Isn’t it wonderful if you can make the best use of the things you use every day? It’s both economical and sustainable, which is good for both your wallet and the environment. This is why we’re bringing you the guide on making a desk lamp out of a liquor bottle.

The things that you’ll need for this lamp are:

  1. A liquor bottle and its lid
  2. LED fairy lights
  3. Cutter
parts for making a diy liquor bottle lamp
All the needed parts for this build.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

(optional step) Peel the label off your liquor bottle if you want a plain or customized bottle. But if you want a rustic feel on your lamp, you can totally skip this step.

Step 2:

Poke a hole in the center of your lid and then incise the lid from one side.

Your lid should look something like this:

cap
cap2

Step 3:

Now, insert the cords of the LED lights into the lid from the side that has been cut.

fairy-lights-for-liquor-bottle

Step 4:

Put your LED lights into the bottle and close the lid leaving the light plug out.

fairy-lights-in-liquor-bottle

Step 5:

Now turn on the LED lights and enjoy this delightful lamp that gives fairytale vibes.

a diy liquor bottle desk lamp

How To Make a Desk Lamp With a Tin Can?

a diy tin can desk lamp
Our finished diy tin can desk lamp.

Let’s get your creative juices going and create a tin can lamp.

Tin cans are one of those things that one can find easily in homes. So, the next time you see a tin can lying around, just pick it up and upcycle it into a desk lamp.

The things that you’ll need for this lamp are:

  • Tin can
  • Nail and hammer 
  • Self adhesive sheet
  • Cardboard 
  • Candle or battery-powered LED lights (optional)
  • Light bulb
  •  Light bulb socket with cords
parts needed for making a tin can lamp
All the necessary parts and tools needed for this build.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

Take the can and cover it with a self-adhesive sheet. You can add a coat of spray paint instead of this sheet as well to protect it.

tin-can-self-adhesive-sheet

Step 2:

Mark the points where you want to make the holes.

Step 3:

Put a nail where you want the hole to be, and hit it with the hammer. Repeat this step until you perforate the can. Make sure you do this step very carefully and under supervision.

tin-can-nail-and-hammer

Step 4:

Cut a piece of cardboard about the size of the can.

tin-can-cardboard

Now, cut another circle within for the bulb socket to pass through.

tin-can-cardboard-for-bulb-socket

Now cover this piece of cardboard with the same self-adhesive sheet.

Or you can make a hole at the bottom of the can for the bulb socket and cords to pass through.

tin-can-adhesive-with-hole

Step 5:

Attach the bulb socket to the cardboard and set up the light bulb toward the inside of the can.

tin-can-light-bulb

Step 6:

Now attach the cardboard with the can using the glue gun.

tin-can-glue-gun
tin-can-almost-finished

Now, turn on the light bulb, and your DIY tin can desk lamp is ready to shine!

diy-tin-can-desk-lamp1

Also, if you don’t want to set up electric bulbs in it, you can light a candle or put battery-powered LED lights in your tin can and enjoy the beautiful light peeking through it.

How To Make a Mason Jar Desk Lamp?

diy mason jar desk lamp on a work table
Our completed diy mason jar desk lamp.

What’s an excellent DIY project blog that doesn’t include a classic mason jar? Mason jar lamps are easy, cheap, and hassle-free, yet they look really fantastic.

These lamps can be made with a lampshade or without one. The best thing about DIY projects is that they can be highly customizable, and you can make them with the things that you like or are available with you.

So, let’s begin!

The things that you’ll need for this lamp are:

  • Mason jar
  • Light bulb
  • Light bulb socket and cord
  • Decorations (optional)
  • Lampshade (optional)
parts and tools needed for making a mason jar lamp
Parts and tools needed for this mason jar desk lamp.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

Remove the mason jar's lid and poke a hole in it for the bulb socket. (I'm using cardboard instead of the inner part of its lid.)

mason-jar-cardboard-bulb-socket

Step 2:

Insert the light bulb socket and cord through the cardboard/lid toward the inner side of the jar. Now, add the bulb to it.

mason-jar-lid-bulb-socket

Step 3:

Close the lid, use it as is, or add the decorations such as an artificial plant, seashells, stones, etc. Then, light up the bulb and enjoy the simplest mason jar lamp.

mason-jar-lamp
mason-jar-lighted
mason-jar-lamp-with-seashells
mason-jar-lamp-with-grass

Now, if you want to make a mason jar lamp using a lampshade, go back to step 2, open the lid, and revert the bulb socket and bulb. 

I also incised the cardboard (or the inner lid, if that’s what you’re working with) from the corner for the cord to pass through.

mason-jar-bulb-socket-up

Now, close the lid. Put the lampshade on the jar, and there you have your second interaction of the beautiful mason jar lamp.

mason-jar-lamp-without-lampshade
mason-jar-lamp-with-lampshade

How To Make a Tree Branch Lamp?

diy tree branch lamp
Our finished diy tree branch lamp.

You might have seen those dreamy tree branch light fixtures and lamps on Pinterest. They look really beautiful and are really easy to make.

The best part is that you can make them with any tree branch from your garden. All you have to do is wrap fairy lights around it.

So, let me show you how I make my tree branch desk lamp.

The things that you’ll need for this lamp are:

  • Tree branches
  • LED fairy lights
  • Vase
  • Stones 
parts needed for making a tree branch lamp
Parts needed for making the tree branch lamp.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

Find yourself suitable tree branches, and then cut and adjust them according to your liking.

Step 2:

Wrap fairy lights around your branches. Wrap lights around a twig starting at the top, working your way down.

tree-branch-wrapping
tree-branch-finished-wrapping

Then, move to the next one until you’re done with your entire branch.

Step 3:

Take a vase and place your branches in it.

tree-branch-in-vase

Fill the vase with stones or any other decorative item that adds weight and keeps it in place. Because the branches slant to one side, the vase is likely to topple.

Now turn on the lights and devour your dreamy, Pinterest-worthy tree branch lamp!

tree-branch-lamp1

How To Make a Desk Lampshade?

Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your living space. You, too, can make beautiful lampshades that will accentuate the feel of your room using items that are readily available and will not break the bank.

Lampshades are the covers that we place on a lamp to soften or direct its light. Lampshades are used for decorative purposes as well. They really amp up the ambiance of your space. 

A lampshade, in general, consists of two main components: a light covering and a ring mount that holds it in place. 

Lampshades are made in different materials such as:

  • fabric 
  • paper 
  • plastic 
  • glass 
  • wood 
  • tin
  • etc. 

 

They are also made in various sizes and shapes, such as:

Oval

a dark brown oval style lampshade

Drum

drum-lampshade

Square

a square style lampshade on a white table

Empire

empire style lampshade on a gold finish lamp

Etc.

For a perfect lamp, you need an appropriate size shade that matches its base. Since lampshade sizes often vary according to different styles, a simple rule of thumb can be used to determine the best shade size for your lamp. 

The lampshade should be twice as wide as the base of your lamp and about one-third the height of the lamp.

a graph showing the optimal height of a lampshade

So, for example, if the lamp’s base is around 3-4 inches, as of that mason jar lamp, then the shade should be about 6-8 inches wide. And if the height of the entire lamp structure, including the bulb, is about 12 inches, then its height should be about 4 inches tall.

For more information on lampshades you can visit this link here: https://looneylumens.com/how-to-choose-a-table-lamp/ .

How To Make a Tin Can Desk Lampshade?

diy tin can lampshade
Our diy tin can desk lampshade.

A soft drink tin container can be found in nearly every household. So, the next time you have a drink, don’t throw the can away because we’re going to turn one of those empty tin cans into a lantern. If you use a bigger can, it will also act as a lampshade for your desk lamps. 

The things that you’ll need for this lampshade are:

  • Soft drink Tin can
  • Cutter
  • Candle
  • Marker or a pen
parts needed to make a tin can desk lampshade
Parts needed to make the tin can lampshade.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

Wash and dry your soft drink tin can. Also, if you want to cover the branding on your tin can, you can add a coat of spray paint.

Step 2:

Using a can-opener or the cutter, cut off the top of the can. (You can skip this step if it's a bit challenging for you.)

Step 3:

Mark vertical lines on your tin can to indicate where you want the incisions. I spaced the lines by 1" all around the can, leaving about 1.5 "-2" on top and bottom.

tin-can-cut

Step 4:

Cut those lines carefully using the cutter. But, be sure to do this step very carefully.

tin-can-cut2

Step 5:

Put pressure on top of the can, and start bending the cuttings outward. Carefully bend the area from where the incision begins at the top and ends at the bottom to make sure that it neatly forms a lampshade-like shape.

tin-can-squashed

Step 6:

Now, insert the candle in the can, either from the top or through the incisions.

tin-can-with-candle-inside

Light it up and enjoy the beautiful light that passes through this decadent lamp.

tin-can-lampshade-finished

You can also add variations to this lamp by making small holes instead of vertical incisions, as shown in the image below.

tin-can-with-holes

How To Make a Paper Desk Lampshade?

diy paper desk lampshade on table
Our finished diy paper desk lampshade.

Did you know that you can make luxurious-looking lampshades with the cheapest and most readily available thing that can be found laying around in our houses? 

Paper can be found anywhere and everywhere. You can use newspapers, old paper from your notes, any colored paper, etc. The options are endless and super affordable! 

The things that you’ll need for this lampshade are:

  • 4 sheets of A4 size paper 
  • White crafts glue
  • Punching machine
  • Cardboard (cut into a 2″ radius circle, and then cut 0.5″ radius circle within it: to make a ring)
  • Thread
parts needed for making a paper desk lampshade
Needed parts for the paper desk lampshade build.

Let’s get to work:

Step 1:

Take a sheet of paper and fold it like a Chinese paper pan. Then similarly fold all four sheets.

sheets-of-paper

Step 2:

Put glue on the final fold of each sheet and join them together. Then punch holes on top of all the folds using the hole punching machine.

papers-with-punched-holes

Step 3:

Put the thread through all the holes and tie a small knot.

paper-sheet-with-knot
paper-sheet-with-knot2

Step 4:

Glue the paper's edges together to form a circular shape, making sure to pull the knot inward while gluing the sides.

paper-sheet-knot-inward

Step 5:

Take that cardboard and put glue all around its edges. Now, put this piece of cardboard inside the paper shade.

paper-sheet-cardboard-inside

The lampshade is now ready. Make sure to use a LED light bulb with this shade as it doesn’t get too hot.

This is how the final lampshade looks like. 

paper-lampshade-finished
paper-lampshade-finished1

Now, put this lampshade on your lamp and enjoy the beautiful light peeking through it.

diy-desk-lampshade

About The Author:

Aleena Najeeb

Aleena Najeeb

Aleena is an MBA graduate who has been working in content creation, content writing, and the marketing industry for the past three years. She has worked for numerous clients over the years, specializing in the home decor, fashion, and marketing niche. In addition, she has a knack for interior design and loves creating DIY crafts and art.