I found some awesome license plate mock ups at the local China mall. I loved them so much I bought tons and at only R 30 they were an abSooooLute steal 😎 My son, who by the way has just matriculated (mommy is so very proud of you Calin ♥), needed a new bedside table lamp for his bedroom and we thought the plates would make a perfect lamp shade. Add some plumbing bits and you get an easy industrial style lamp.
What you need to make a license plate lamp
For the lamp shade
- 2 license plates
- 4 brackets
- 8 Pop rivets and a rivet gun
- Electric light fitting (plastic)
- Galvanized wire
- Insulation tape
For the lamp base
- 1 four way PVC box (25 mm)
- 4 90o galvanized plumbing elbows (20 mm)
- 1 galvanized tube (20 mm)
- Electrical wire, plug and light switch
- Spray paint
To make the lamp shade, measure the horizontal half way mark on each license plate and using a straight piece of wood carefully bend the license plates on the half way mark so they form a 90o angle. Place the license plates together and attach using the brackets and the pop rivets.
We had to put our thinking caps on to try and figure out how we would build the frame inside the lamp shade to hold the light fitting.
After some debate and a beer or two we decided to suspend the galvanized wire between the brackets to create a floating frame. We added some insulation tape to the middle of each wire just to make sure it was safe and then attached the light fitting between the wires.
Now for the base of the lamp. The thread on the galvanized elbows are a perfect fit for the PVC box, simply twist them in. Seriously, it was that easy.
Spray the base and the pipe and gently tap out the little round circle bit in the PVC box. Twist the pipe into the hole – another perfect fit!!
Attach the base to the light fitting, and thread the wire from the light fitting down into the pipe. Add a bulb and plug and you’re good to go.
Here’s a useful guide on how to wire up the light fitting, but if you’re unsure rather call a qualified electrician otherwise sparks might fly.
Have you made any unusual lights or done something creative with license plates? I would love to hear about it.