How to make a wall lamp

Lighting is a very important element in setting the right mood in any home yet it’s often challenging to design lighting on a budget, especially in rental apartments where you often have limited options.  In this episode, I show you how to make beautiful wall lamps that you can customize with different DIY lamp shades to complement your décor. Because the wall sconces are made with a plug-in light kit with a switch, you can install them on a wall without having to deal with electrical wiring – perfect for renters!

Want to make this lamp? Download this free template to get you started:



Here are quick links to some of materials for the project in this video:

Iron on edging (birch) 

Clip-on candelabra light kit

Wall mounted switch and plug-in receiver

Corner guards

Aluminum sheet

Metal snips

Have you made this lamp? Share pics in the comments below!

Shop for items related to this project via the EYS Amazon Store. Other sources for materials:  Home (for brads)


  1. Maria

    Hi Isabelle! I am totally addicted to your website! 🙂

    For the wood lamp shade, how long should the brads be? And what board are you using (the smaller one, off-white/cream colored) to attach the lamp to? THANKS! Can’t wait to get started!

  2. fazli

    Can you show to everyone, how to mount the lamp to the wall. Tq

  3. Rebecca Russell

    You have inspired me to diy my home! I am so excited. Thank you so much. You are extremely talented.

    • Isabelle

      That’s great to hear Rebecca! Can’t wait to see what you create in your home. Thank YOU for watching! Isabelle

  4. Srikanth Vadlakonda

    I really like your DIY things. I started this project for my media room. I need 4 wall lamps.

    I have a question on drilling holes. what is your drill bit number or size for holes?
    The reason I’m asking you is this, I bought brads from staples (they called fasteners). But those really really long almost 45mm and 10mm head. For this I need to make really big holes to insert brads. I did for couple holes but not nothing working out.

    Now I ordered from Next one I want use right size bit. Let me know if you know drill bit (or size).

    • Isabelle

      So glad to hear you’re making these! I used a 1/8″ drill bit to make the holes – the brads go in just a bit snug which is best so they don’t tend to move around. Hope you’ll share pics of your finished sconces, would love to see them!

  5. Hello Isabelle,
    I followed your tutorial and run the electrical cord through a decorative drapery rod. I am very pleased with the outcome and want to share it with you.

    Thank you for the wisdom you share.

    • Isabelle

      Hello Doris,

      Absolutely stunning! I love the effect of the 2 colors in the shade and the curtain rod idea is just brilliant and looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. shirley nocera

    Can I download this video? I wish to play this over and over. Thank you

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Shirley,

      It’s not available for download at the moment.



  7. Rajni

    Hi isabella..I’m a huge fan of ur diy’s you are an inspiration !
    Plz tell me what will what will be tge size of the poster board.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thank you Rajni! I usually just buy the large sheets of poster board but a piece that’s about 10″ x 18″ should be big enough.

  8. chad marquardt

    Fantastic idea!!! We tweaked the design just a bit to finish off the inside. (we can see inside coming down our stairs) Your drum light idea worked great too!! Cheers and thanks.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Love it! They give such a nice glow on the walls! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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