Easy DIY Rustic Lamp

I was searching for a small lamp for the narrow side table I had recently built.  I searched high and low and either couldn’t find the right size and/or the price was more than I wanted to pay.  So, what did I do?  Built a small lamp myself that fit the exact dimensions I needed!


Even better…this project is SUPER quick and SUPER easy!  Just a few simple steps and you have yourself a stylish new lamp!



  • 2 – 12 inch cut 1×4’s

  • 2 – 5 inch cut 1×4’s

  • Plug in Light Bulb Socket

  • 4 Nails

  • Wood Glue

  • Burlap

  • Drill with 1.5 inch hole saw

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • Hot Glue




Step 1: Cut a hole in the center of one of the 5” boards (hint: to identify the middle, draw an “X” on the board and cut in the center of the “X”)




Step 2: Glue it all together! Using a bead of glue on each attached side, glue all the pieces together until you have a complete rectangle shape




Step 3: Let the glue dry for enough so that you can drive 2 nails into each corner without the pieces shifting (about an hour)



Step 4: Insert the socket into your pre drilled hole – for extra stability, place a bead of glue (hot glue or wood glue) where the socket and wood meet



Step 5: Cut the burlap long enough and wide enough to wrap around the top of your lamp. Using a hot glue gun, glue down the edges of the burlap for a more seamless finish.  Then glue the sides of the lamp where the burlap will lay and wrap the burlap around the lamp



Step 6: Enjoy your new lamp!



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