11 Surprising Things You Never Knew You Could Upcycle Into Unique Lamps

by Jess Catcher
Jess grew up in Oklahoma before moving to New York to become a writer. She has a cat named Agnes.

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your home with a little more, well, light, all of the incredible DIY lamp ideas listed below are the perfect way to go!

Sure, you could go to the store and buy one, but it’s always fun to add your own personality to your home decor. Plus, most of these are upcycled from items you probably already have in your home that would otherwise just uselessly collect dust.

And you can obviously put your own unique twist on each of these amazing projects other crafters were kind enough to share online. I have a feeling more than a few of the objects that folks have transformed into lamps will surprise you — which is exactly what makes them so genius!

Take a look and you’ll probably be inspired to forage through your home for knickknacks you can breathe vibrant new life into.

And don’t forget to SHARE the awesome DIY lamp ideas with your friends!

Thumbnail Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Firetech117

1. Coconut Shells

coconut shell lamp

Obviously, you have to have a skill for carefully carving out the design you’d like — and make sure that you remove all of the pulp from inside — but the effort is totally worth it for this unique lamp.

2. Wood Dowels

spiral dowel lamp

There are so many design options you can go with while layering the dowels before adding the bulb, but this spiral idea is totally mesmerizing.

3. Clarinets

clarinet lamp

How clever is this? And it would work with plenty of other instruments, too!

4. Vintage Cameras

camera lamp

Blogger Trav DeRose added a couple of old-timey books to this charming lamp base by screwing them together and gluing the pages down before adding the gorgeous camera on top.

5. Cheese Graters

cheese grater lamp

Since they already have openings on the top and bottom, you can create a chic overhead light fixture like the idea above, or place the bulb underneath for a surface lamp.

6. Blenders

blender lamp

Another adorable kitchenware idea! Stringing a bulb through the bottom of a vintage blender is a great way to add extra light to your countertop.

7. Cassette Tapes

cassette tapes lamp

Keep the tapes in their clear cases and simply glue them together in a stack as high as you’d like, then add a bulb at the bottom — just make sure the bulb is safe to use near plastic!

8. VHS Tapes

8. VHS Tapes

This has the same retro charm as the cassette tapes, but I especially love how they alternated the deconstructed and opaque black tapes while stacking this lamp. Again, choose a bulb that is safe to use around plastic!

9. Fire Extinguishers

fire extinguisher lamp

You should make absolutely sure that the extinguisher is empty before attempting this design. Then you can carefully peel away the labels with a knife and drill a hole in the bottom to string up the bulb for this rustic result.

10. Teapots

10. Teapots

It might look a little out of place sitting on the floor, but this would be an adorable addition to any room!

11. Knight Helmets

knight helmet lamp

Although there aren’t many of us who have these lying around our homes, you have to admit it makes quite the impression.

Be sure to SHARE all of these awesome lamp ideas with your friends!