Nature-inspired interiors are in vogue this year, and this trend is very unlikely to disappear anytime soon. After seeing a sea of nature-inspired home décor and accessories, I found the perfect idea for a weekend DIY — a tree branch lamp.
There are several options for making your own DIY tree lamp. Chandeliers and pendant lights are extremely popular, and so are small table lamps. However, I decided to show you my DIY floor tree branch lamp today.
It’s a combination of statement-carrying chandelier and easy-to-make table lamp. The biggest challenge is finding the right type of branch or other piece of wood that will work well with your design.
What you need to build a Tree Branch Floor Lamp:
a sturdy piece of wood
lamp kit — socket, nipple, and neck (I got mine from IKEA)
lamps shade (also IKEA)
sand paper (I used medium first and then fine)
wood paint, wax, or other polish (I’m using opaque white for the lamp base and clear matte wax for the leg)
brush or sponge for application
handful of screws and a screwdriver
handful of point staples and a hammer
DIY Tree Lamp Directions:
If you’re using a fallen branch, as I did, examine it first. It’s important to make sure that there’s no mildew or decay. Clean your piece with warm running water and a sponge, and let it dry by an open oven for a couple hours. Remember that the wood needs to be dry before you move to the next step.
When your branch is dry and ready, you can adjust its width with a saw and use medium-grain sand paper to remove any remaining knots or twigs. As you’re sanding, look for any internal decay or deeper mildew. If you find any, use a mildew remover to get rid of it. When you’re done, you’re ready to apply fine-grain sandpaper for smooth and even texture. Wipe your branch with a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust and wood particles, and then apply a first layer of paint, wax, or polish. Follow the instructions on the package and apply as many layers as needed, then let it dry completely.
Now it’s time to think about the lamp base. I used a square piece of wood that I bought at Home Depot. Screw the lamp leg to the lamp base and you’re ready to continue to the electrical part.
I’m not an electrician, so I played it safe by purchasing a ready-to-plug lamp kit. Then, I used a two-hole strap with screw holes to mount the socket to the top of the branch. Once I had the socket mounted, I used staples and a hammer to secure the cord along the branch and installed the lamp shade onto the shell. I didn’t worry about the cable being visible because I already knew where I would place it, and the cable couldn’t be seen from any angle. All I had to do was insert a light bulb, plug the cable in, and admire the finished result.
What do you think? Have you done any DIY lamps before?
Guest post by Vancouver realtor Jay Banks, one of the most seasoned professionals in the Vancouver and Richmond, BC, real estate markets.