We found some amazing license plate mock-ups at our local China mall the other day and I loved them so much I bought tons. At only R 30 they were an abSooooLute steal 😎 We’ve used them in so many of our projects. Like this boring old office storage that got a complete license plate makeover and this awesome beer caddy. We even made a mini potting shed with a few of them. 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 lampshade. Add some plumbing bits and you get an easy industrial styled license plate lamp.I'll stop loving you when SpongeBob gets his license 😉
What You Need to Make a License Plate Lamp
For the lampshade
- 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 (20 mm or 1″). A five-way 1″ PVC fitting will also work
- 4 90o galvanized plumbing elbows – male (20 mm or 1″)
- 1 galvanized tube (20 mm or 1″)
- Electrical wire, plug and light switch
- Spray paint
Making the Lampshade
To make the lampshade, measure the horizontal halfway mark on each license plate and using a straight piece of wood carefully bend the license plates on the halfway 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 lampshade 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.
Making the “Industrial” Base
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!! If you’re using the five way PVC connector then you can simply insert the pipe into the hole on the top of the fitting.
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.
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Have you made any unusual lights or done something creative with license plates? I would love to hear about it.
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Until next time, wishing you a beautiful, love filled week.