How to Create a Driftwood Lamp
Making a driftwood lamp is a great way to put your favorite driftwood pieces on display. Whether using one large solid driftwood piece or several small pieces, your new driftwood creation is going to bring plenty of texture and certainly a wonderful naturalness to your decor by bringing the outdoors feeling in. These three simple lamp-building projects can be completed in one afternoon.
Turning a Flea Market Find into a Beautiful New Driftwood Table Lamp
Pick up a basic table lamp from a yard sale or thrift shop, if you don’t already have one that you’d like to redo.
- Disassemble the lamp to remove any decorative column so you are left with the metal center rod.
- Reassemble the lamp with just the center rod. This is what you will attach your driftwood pieces to.
- Gather several slender driftwood pieces that curve slightly outward at one end. The bottom ends will sit on the the original base; the tops will reach just beyond the socket.
- Surrounding the lamp rod with the driftwood and attach with a multi-purpose epoxy glue, position the top ends outward and away from the socket.
- Top with your favorite lampshade.
When turned on, this light will present a soft driftwood silhouette.
Create a Driftwood Lamp For Your Desk
Get started with an inexpensive lamp kit, a quarter-inch thick wooden base, four wooden buttons and four or more pieces of driftwood of similar length to the base.
- Start with a base that’s about nine inches long and three inches wide.
- Drill a three-quarter inch hole into the center.
- Drill the same width hole through the center of each piece of driftwood. The driftwood shapes can range from flat to round and, for this project, the width or diameter of each piece should not exceed two inches.
- Fix the lamp rod to the base by securing it with a washer and nut.
- Artfully stack the driftwood horizontally over the rod and onto the base. Once you have happy with the placement of the driftwood pieces, use glue to adhere each piece together so they stay in place.
- Work the lamp cord through the bottom of the base, through each piece of driftwood right up to the top of the rod.
- Follow the lamp kit’s instructions to wire and secure the socket to the rod’s top end then attach the harp to the socket.
- Glue the wooden buttons to the bottom four corners of the base to give enough height to accommodate the lamp cord under the base
Ttop off your new lamp with a complimentary shade.
Driftwood Stands Out As A Floor Lamp
Bring the outside in and create a driftwood lamp for that special reading nook.
- Drill a three-quarter inch center hole into a 1″ thick base that can be 12″ wide by 12-24″ long.
- Drill a quarter-inch hole through the side of the base until it merges with the center hole. This will be for the lamp cord.
- Run the lamp cord through the hole in the side of the base to the center hole and then work it through a five-foot lamp rod.
- Choose as many long pieces of driftwood that you want to use to achieve your look – 25-30 pieces all roughly the same height. Cut the ends of each piece so you have a flat surface.
- Decide as best you can where you want to place each piece and drill a wide enough hole into the base about 1/2″ deep to accommodate each piece.
- Using a fast acting epoxy glue, glue each piece into their respective drilled holes until you achieve the look you want. Make sure the glue doesn’t seep out onto the top of the base although if it does, you could easily disguise it with pieces of moss.
- The brass rod should extend at least four inches above the top of the driftwood.
- Finish as per the instructions for the desk lamp.
- Top it off with a complimentary shade and you’ve created a beautiful new driftwood floor lamp.
Need pictures to go with the step by step directions? Check out Step by Step Directions for Making a Driftwood Lamp. There are countless other ways to create a driftwood lamp, chandeliers, floor lamps, wall sconces and simple candleholders using driftwood. It only takes a little imagination to put some eclectic lighting into your living space. You’ll save hundreds of dollars on what it would cost for a similar driftwood lamp and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you can create a driftwood lamp yourself.
For more driftwood projects, check out 5 Easy Creative Driftwood Projects you Can do at Home.