DIY Recycled Hardwood Lamp

We love to make stuff, and one of the things we love most is soft lighting. It’s super important to us that we can create different spaces with different vibes simply with an amazing piece of art/sculpture that can modulate the light and change the ambience with the flick of a switch.

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We tried the local tip shop recently but they had run out of recycled wood. However, we got directed by the lovely store folk to an enormous pile of timber about to be burnt in the neighbouring lot. They were incredibly friendly and generous and said we could help ourselves to whatever we wanted.

We managed to find some wonderful pieces, various sizes and lengths of local hardwood, although my knowledge of timber variations is limited so I’m not exactly sure what some of it is. Filled up the car and headed home.

We had a basic concept of the finished lamp stand and decided to jump right in and make it.


Items used:

  • We halved the lengths with a circular sawrecycled hardwood lamp 1
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Bolts left over from another project
  • Sander, small circular and belt sander
  • Angle brackets
  • Pendant light fabric cord with plug (from Fat Shack Vintage and certified to Australian standards)
  • Recycled lamp shade – naked
  • Large Edison round bulb
  • Feathers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Old galvanised brackets

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We wanted to keep this lamp rustic and simple so with minimal sanding, holes drilled and bolts attached the lamp came together quickly. We glued the feathers around the rim of the lamp shade, attached to the light cord and plugged her in.

We are rapt with the result. A thrifty practical art piece that gets loads of positive comments from everyone who sees it.

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