Designer lighting can get expensive. Why buy when you can DIY your own stylish concrete light pendant with a single bag of concrete mix and some old plastic bottles!
What you’ll need to make your DIY concrete pendant light:
- Fast drying concrete
- Light Globe
- Recycled plastic bottles – one thinner than the other.
- Two threaded tube and nuts – I used a 3/8th inch diameter tube.
- 3 1/2″ Deck Screw
- Box cutter
- Cordless Drill with a 3/8th diamater standard bit for drilling holes in the bottle caps.
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 off.
Step 2: Drill holes in the caps of the soda bottles.
TIP: It’s easier to drill a hole in the bottle caps when they are attached to the bottle.
Step 3: Connect the bottle caps together.
Screw the tube through both caps and use nuts on either side of each cap to hold them in place.
Step 4: Screw the bottles back onto the caps.
Step 5: Using deck screws to stabilize the bottles
Step 6: Mix the concrete and pour in-between the two bottles aka your mould. Use a large spoon to fill the mould. Shake and tap the mould after each spoonful to make sure the concrete settles and there are no bubbles in your concrete.
Step 7: Remove the bottles.
I used a box cutter and scissors to remove the plastic bottle away from the dried concrete.
Step 8: Sand concrete lamps back to a smooth finish.
Step 9: Insert your lamp wiring.
The cable, the lamp base and the wall socket was attached by a qualified electrician. To be safe and to avoid a nasty zap or worse a house fire Havven recommends you go to the same length and get this step done by a professional.
Guest post by Ben Uyeda from Homemade Modern.com
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