DIY Edison Lamps

DIY Edison Lamps

Have you ever seen an Edison lamp? I just love them. I love the industrial and vintage feel, but I don’t love the price. I was on the hunt for something unique for my bedside tables and I stumbled on these Edison accent lamps on amazon. But, $70 a lamp? Ouch. That was not in the budget. So I decided I’d have to make my own.

edisonI originally had plans to build a base, but then I got lazy. I didn’t want to have to stain anything, I didn’t want to have to go pick the hardware for it… so I just made an easy version. This is really more of an assembly project than a DIY.

I found these brown bases at walmart for $5.88 each. They aren’t exactly what I wanted… I wanted a super plain design, but they were close enough. Online they are listed at $5.97. I then purchased vintage bulbs on amazon for $7.99 a piece. They have a variety of styles, so be sure to check them all out.

The final step was the cage. I found these small wired cages for $9.39 a pop. They fit right over the bulbs I bought. They were a little loose on my base, so I wrapped some craft wire I had on hand around the base to make a snug fit.  They were sitting on the ledge right above the switch and it was making the cage rest on my bulb. If you get smaller bulbs, you might not have this issue. You can’t even see the wire though and it works perfectly.


What do you think? I can’t decide if I want to spray paint the cage to match the base or not. I kind of like the difference colors, I don’t know what I’ll end up doing.

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  • I am so jealous of people who are this good at DIY projects. I feel like I am the least crafty person in the world, though I really want to change that. Personally, I like the color contrast and I wouldn’t paint the top to match the bast but thats just me! You probably have a better eye for that sort of thing!


    • This was honestly the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I just had to put it together. I planned on making it a full out DIY project, but I ended up just screwing the top on a lamp base :)

  • I absolutely love this! I would leave the cage as is, and not paint! It looks so cool!

    • thanks Lauren! It’s funny because it ended up being so much easier than I planned. I think I’m going to leave the cages the way they are. I just felt like it was too easy, I needed to do another step lol