If you’re a fan of more classical or traditional interiors then you’re going to love this DIY lamp project…
Tiffany lamps are a type of lamp with colorful and beautifully designed glass shades that are a popular part of the Art Noveau movement. These will look absolutely beautiful in your living room but before you reach for your wallet, these lamps range from $4,000 dollars to over $1 million!
Tiffany lamps are actually a type of lamp that was made and named long before Tiffany and Company first began selling lamps.
While the name is often used to describe any lamp that is a part of the Art Nouveau movement, it is actually a specific lamp design that was created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and manufactured by Tiffany Studios.
There have been a number of variations on the original design since its inception, but the original lamp was created in honor of the actress, author, and social activist, Sarah Bernhardt.
Not everyone is willing to spend (or can afford!) spending thousands to millions of dollars on a lamp but if you still want to have one, here’s how you can make one using cheap materials. You’re welcome! ;)
These lamps are a combination of both crafts and thriftiness. They may not cost a lot of money but their style and elegance will be priceless.
If you’re eager to have a lamp but you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on one, there are some ways you can make one using cheap materials. The best thing about this is that you can use the materials you already have in your house.
Now the materials for these may be cheap but in order to fully capture the beauty and elegance of Tiffany lamps, you’ll need to put quite some effort into it but we’re sure that the end result will make it all worth it…
We’ve collected a bunch of Tiffany lamp designs that you might want to try out. Let us know if you liked any of these designs and which one inspired you to make your own!
Ready to make your own Tiffany lamp?
You’re going to need these materials…
- 2 PET bottles, one 10 liters, one small with an interesting stylized shape.
- 2 plastic soda bottle caps (only one shown in the image)
- 1 lamp kit
- Epoxy putty (about 250g or 1/2 pound)
- A piece of thin MDF, about 10cm x 15cm (4in x 6in)
- metallic gold spray paint
- transparent spray paint
- black and silver acrylic craft paint
- patina or dark metallic paint or alcohol-based wood inks or brown liquid shoe polish
- glossy acrylic transparent varnish
- black or gray-colored liquid lead
- cheap ballpoint pens in various colors
- permanent marker (Sharpie)
- lampshade design
- a light bulb (less than 60W) or a compact fluorescent lamp (energy-saving light)
If you can’t find a lamp kit, you’ll need…
- a lamp socket
- about 30 cm (about 12 inches) of long threaded pipe
- 2 hex nuts
- about 1.5m (about 5 ft) of lamp cord
- a plug
- a harp (I didn’t get one)
And these tools…
- utility knife
- cotton swabs
- hot glue
- hot glue gun
- a little water
- container for mixing the ink
- measuring tape
- optional: a cutting board
Recycled pet bottles tiffany lamp design ideas
Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. 😎
Thanks to Cassandra Dido for this project. You can find the step-by-step instructions here…
Eco-Friendly Crafts are a great way to recycle old plastic bottles and turn plastic bags into a basket. Check out how to do it here…
In Conclusion, tiffany lamps are quite expensive, so recycling plastic bottles into a Tiffany lamp is a better solution.