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Lights play a very important role in enhancing the beauty of your house. They make your house look bigger, brighter, elegant and beautiful. If you do not have enough lighting in your house, it makes it look dull and like something is missing from the house. Making projects yourself can be an excellent idea to contribute in your home décor. We have come up with a guide on a home décor lamp which is made from Pallets. Pallet wood lamps can be a beautiful way to bring light and cheerfulness into your houses and outdoor living areas. You might have looked at similar lamps in the restaurants and have wondered how much they have cost or from where you can get one for you. Let us tell you that these lamps are cost-effective and easy to make. And if you are into making and decorating your home yourself you are at right place.

You can find inspiration according to your style to perfectly light up your home by making nice pallet lamps on a wallet-friendly budget. You can make a unique, original and modish rustic, vintage or ultra-modern pallet lamp according to your taste and add lights of any color you like. Here is how you can make the best pallet wood lamp within no time at home to make your home look classy and fabulous.

Here is how we can make pallet wood lamps in simple and easy steps using pallet wood and some other tools lying around.

Items Needed for this Project


Before you start your project, here are the things that you will need to make this pallet wood lamp. Be sure to have all the mentioned materials and tools for this project. They are as follows:

Materials Needed for the Project

  • 3 Pallet Wood Board - 6-inches boards
  • (1) 2-foot board
  • (1) 1-foot board¼ inch plywood (for the base)
  • ¼ inch steel rod
  • A lamp holder
  • Lamp Cord with a pre-installed switchA tiny light bulb (new or used)
  • (4) 1-1/2 inch wood screws
  • (3) #24 x 2 inch bolt with wingnut
  • (2) #10 x 1-1/2 inch bolt with nut

Tools Required

  • Lamp wire (at least 10 ft.)
  • Inline Switch
  • Bulb Socket
  • Electrical Plug
  • Wire Caps
  • Light Bulb
  • Drill
  • 1/8 inch spiral bit
  • 3/8 inch bit
  • Wire Strippers
  • Awl
  • Table saw or band saw

Step by Step Instructions

To accomplish any project, you need good assistance and an excellent guide to it. Here is yours for the project.

Step 1: Cutting Wood


Cut the pallet wood into the required size i.e. 1-1/2 in case your pallet woods are not of required size.

Pro Tip:

A table saw or a band saw are the recommended cutting tools for cutting the pallet woods.

Make sure the wood is placed properly for the cutting. You do not want edgy pieces.

Plywood Cutting

Use the same setup to cut the plywood into 6-1/2 inch square piece for the base.

Pro Tip:

Alternate Step is If you have any other homemade cutting methods for wood cutting you can also use them for other steps involving cutting.

Sand the Wood

After getting ready your pallet woods and plywood you will need to sand it.

Pro Tip:

Make sure to sand throughout the wood to avoid a hassle later.

Plywood Sand

For Pallet wood sand it with 80 grit at the start, then 120 grit and finally with 220 grit sand paper.

Pro Tip:

If you want rustic wood don’t make the wood super flat.

Cutting a Dadao

Now cut a dadao in 1-inch size from one side of the boards.

You will need to fit in a quarter inch of plywood in dadao. To achieve that you will need to remove the fence.

45 Degree Cutting

After this cut, the woods at 45 degrees with a miter saw. You will need 5 boards and cut them all into four pieces. Each piece needs to be 6 inches from the inside edge and seven inches on the outside edge. At end of this process, you will have 20 similar pieces.

Step 2: Gluing Pieces Together


Glue the four pieces together to form a square. Make sure to join them in perfect 45-degree angle to make a right shaped square.

Pro tip:

Use Boat Clamps to hold them or glue frames and boxes like that)

Attach Plywood

There will be 5 layers or squares in total and in one of them attach the plywood that you cut earlier.

Pro Tip:

Attaching plywood along with frames before gluing frame helps you to join all pieces along with base (plywood) in one go.

Let them dry overnight

Pro Tip:

Make sure, they are dried fully otherwise give it more time to dry off completely.

In the morning sand them again with 220 grit sand paper.

Step 3: Drilling Holes in Each Piece


Drill holes in each of layers for four pieces of steel rod to fit in.

Pro Tip:

Use a drill press for the process.

Using one drilled box as a reference to drill holes in other boxes will give you holes placement in alignment.

Using first drilled box as a reference for the second one is the best option.

If you don’t have one you can use a wooden piece joined by double sided tape and place carefully to have holes for the rod.

Pro Tip:

You can also use already drilled holes as a guide to drill holes in other layers.

Holes for Base

You can also keep the rods hidden and to achieve that don’t drill to end in the top and base layers.

Drill one-inch-deep in the top and bottom layer.

Step 4: Bulb Placement


Now is time for the bulb/lamp holder and attach it to the base by drilling holes for a number of screws available in your lamp holder.

If your lamp holder is not fitting or smaller in size you might want to raise it up, this can be done by adding some plywood below the screws of the lamp holder.

Mark the hole for the cord and drill sideways so a cord can be fixed in the setup later on.

Steel Rod Marking and Cutting

Measure and then cut the steel rod into four pieces of eight and a half inch each.

Pro Tip:

Use Dremel for speedily cut the rod.

Step 5: Sticking Rods in Wood Holes


To stick the rods use PC 7, it is a reinforced metal pace epoxy.

Pro Tip:

Make sure to fill drilled holes in wood pieces nicely with epoxy for thorough sticking.

Apply some to the holes and attach/insert metal rods in the drill holes drilled for the pieces of rod to fit in.

Pro Tip:

Time to insert another layer in the rods at four sides of the base. Apply PC7 to each layer as you add them.

Use some wood as spacers when you apply PC7.

Step 6: Drying Epoxy


Rest the setup for 24 hours as PC7 takes this time to dry up.

You can apply any oil on wood but we recommend Tung Oil with a double coat.

Step 7: Lamp Holder


Wire up the lamp holder.

Pro Tip

Use a guide or instructions to properly place wires in the holder

Make sure wire isn’t plugged in anywhere to avoid any sort of damage.

You can add extra washer and nut to hold the lamp holder in place.

Attach the bulb to it and provide the connection to see if the lamp is lit.

Tada! You are all set with a brand new lamp for your house.

Youtube Video


Big thanks to the YouTuber Makify1 for uploading the guide on his YouTube channel, here is the video guide for the project if you want to see the process of the lamp making in video steps. You can also subscribe to Makify1 for more cool videos on similar projects.

The process is long and will take at least three days to complete minimum, but you will be happy with the end results of it. You can place your new lamp in the living room. Guests room or in children’s room. This lamp is best suited for outdoor décor too. To add more make minimum of two lamps and put it on side tables or hang them overhead in the balcony. There are many options to set them up in your house, no matter what approach you will choose it will look splendid in your house.

Sometimes you need decorations over the top to make your home pretty. Some majestic pieces can reset the ambiance of the house that seems off. They can also be helpful in improving the mood and give a neat look. You might have a lot of free pallet wood lying in your garage which isn’t of use. Utilize it for a good purpose as they fit best for the project.

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  • May 8, 2017
  • DIY
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