Make your own rustic woodland-inspired table lamp with twigs. Find out how to make it in our DIY guide.
The DIY table lamp we have designed uses straight twigs and branches of different thicknesses. Your own homemade table lamp could use more consistent pieces of wood if you prefer. You can find the right kind of twigs in your garden or local woodland but before you cut pieces from trees outside your own property, make sure you are allowed to. Alternatively, look for twigs that are already on the ground. River banks and beaches are often good places to find interesting pieces of driftwood that are great for craft projects.
Remove any insects and creatures from the twigs and branches as you gather them. Leave the wood to dry out in open air or in the sun before you make your homemade table lamp.
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Making your own table lamp means you can decide how big to make it and what colour undercoat will best suit your home. Once you’ve settled on the design details, gather together the things you’ll need for your DIY table lamp.
Simple glass table lamp with light source (including cables and electronic accessories)
With your design in mind and your tools and materials ready, it's time to get started.
Secure a branch onto your workbench before you saw it. Use your garden pruner or saw to cut the branches to your desired length, taking the height of the glass lamp into account as a guide. Think about whether you want the twigs to completely hide the glass, or if you prefer the upper part to be on show.
As an optional step that really adds a rustic note to your table lamp, you can use your garden pruner to scrape off the outside of the wood in places. Just pass the tool lightly over the bark. You can use the same technique to create dramatic patterns and effects.
Now, paint the branches in your preferred colour, and lean them against a longer branch to dry.
As soon as the paint is dry, apply a coat of white on top. When that’s dry, use the sandpaper gently in places so that the first paint colour peeps through.
Measure the circumference of your glass lamp and cut a piece of strap to fit. Stick your prepared and painted pieces of wood to the strap using a glue gun. Make sure they all line up at one end (this will be the bottom of the lamp), and glue them close together.
Finally, use your hot glue gun to stick the strap to the lamp so the branches stand up vertically. Glue in thinner twigs to fill any gaps.
Add a light bulb and your Scandi stylish table lamp is ready to light up your home!