How to Make Your Own DIY Industrial Sconces

DIY Industrial Sconces

Hey! I’m back for a #12MonthsofDIY challenge! Each month, 12 Canadian bloggers use the same item or theme are create something completely unique. Last month we used wood and paint together, and I created my Industrial Side Table (one of my FAV projects!). My life has been taken over these past few weeks by the One Room Challenge, where I’m transforming my guest bedroom into a new Industrial styled space. So, I’m sticking with the same theme, and making some sconces for our new bedroom as part of this month’s DIY challenge! 

DIY Industrial Sconces

*This post was sponsored by Value Village. As always, opinions are 100% my own. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.*

I had SO much fun finding items for this challenge. This month’s theme was to use a thrifted item in our revamped piece. April was the PERFECT month for this challenge, since it was Earth Day and reducing waste and going green is already on our minds. Second hand shopping is the perfect way to go green, and the shelves in my local store were FULL of potential! LOVE that Value Village’s #RethinkReuse campaign focuses on this! As soon as I saw the old lamps in the aisles, I knew what I was going to do!


I knew the guts from these lamps would be perfect for my new guest bedroom sconces!

Materials (for two sconces):

2 thrifted lamps
2 Ikea canister
2 – 4″ x 4″ x 3/4″ thick piece of oak (this is what we had – other types of wood can be used)
4 – black steel flanges (3/4″ diameter)
2 – 1.5″ black steel pipes (3/4″ diameter)
2 – 2.5″ black steel pipes (3/4″ diameter)
2 – black steel elbows (3/4″ diameter)
Matte black spray paint
Clear matte sealer
Lamp Light switch (optional)
8′ of 3/8″ diameter tubing (optional)
2 – plug ends for cords


Step bit for the drill
Drill bits
Speed Square (measuring)
Metal saw or grinder to cut tubing (optional)

DIY Industrial Sconces

Here are the Ikea Utensil Holders that we got for $7 each.

DIY Industrial Sconces

I started by making this quick holder for the canisters. I wanted to make sure that the canisters wouldn’t shift around while we were drilling in to the top of them. You could also cut a piece of wood to sit across the diameter. We made the ones shown, by tracing the inner and outer circles of the canister onto scrap wood.

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We had to use a step bit to cut the metal utensil holders.

DIY Industrial Sconces

We drilled directly into the centre of the container, about 7 levels down to the same diameter of the socket- so that they socket from the thrifted lamps fit perfectly inside. Do this step, and all the following steps twice (if you are making two sconces!).

DIY Industrial Sconces

Next, we used a dremel to clean up the edges a bit. It won’t look too pretty, but it’ll be completely covered up by the black steel flange in a minute, so it won’t matter :)

DIY Industrial Sconces

I don’t have a picture of the black steel assembly, so I’ll just show you this one. It should be attached: flange – 1.5″ pipe – elbow – 2.5″ pipe – flange.

DIY Industrial Sconces

Next, grab your wood. We used oak because we had some scrap pieces cut to 4″ x 4″ x 3/4″ thick, but you can use any wood. Find your centre and drill into it. Wide enough for cords to fit through. Then, you want mark 4 spots for your screws that will hold the flange in place. I measured the distance of the screw holes from the centre of the flange, and measured out using my speed square (or measuring tape).

DIY Industrial Sconces

Then, using your router, router out a space in the back, big enough for your electric connectors to sit in. Stain your piece any colour you desire.

DIY Industrial Sconces

You can let the cord from your lamp guts hang down the wall and it will look beautiful.

Because we are perfectionists, we used 3/8″ diameter industrial piping to hide the cord as it came down the wall, and to make a nice straight line. We just hammered into the top of the pipe to flare the edges, and then used the dremel to make sure that the holes on our switch would be wide enough (below). I would never have done these steps on my own! I would’ve just let the cord hang down, and used the same plug from the thrifted lamps in the wall. But this was my husbands’ doing, and I have to admit that it looks beautiful!

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Next glue the light socket from the thrifted lamp in place. Note the Ikea holder is bolted to the steel flange.

DIY Industrial Sconces

Don’t forget to spray paint your ikea holder if you want to before everything is glued in place! You can also wipe down the pipe with acetone (wearing gloves) and spray it with a clear sealer to protect it. Run your cords through and attach the ikea holder, black steel, and wood together by screwing everything in place.

DIY Industrial Sconces

This is a close-up of the switch we added (completely optional!) – e-mail me if you need more details on this!

Now you mount your sconces on the wall and you’re done! What do you think?!

They look amazing in our Industrial Guest Bedroom!

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I love the light it gives off at night! Such a fun pattern on the wall!

DIY Industrial Sconces

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY thrifted project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.


From the top left, they are:

Upcycling Wood Bowls from Fresh Crush
Paint Dipped Brass Candle Holders from Life is a Party
Upcycling a thrift store leather coat into a DIY handbag from Sustain My Craft Habit
Pottery Barn Inspired Burlap Lamp Shade & Owl Bookends from Woman in Real Life
Thrifted DIY Jewelry Holder from Brooklyn Berry Designs
Upcycled Thrifted Mirror from New House New Home
Gold Wooden Treasure Box from Mommyzoid
DIY Roll-N-Go Travel Bag from Vin’yet Etc.
Scarf Throw Pillows from PMQ for Two
DIY Industrial Pendant Light from Love Create Celebrate
A Thrifted Shabby Chic Gallery Wall and Lamp Makeover from The DIY Mommy
Thrift Store Patio Table Tray Makeover from Time With Thea

If you need more Industrial  inspiration, check out all of the great DIYs in my Industrial Guest Bedroom!

We are getting ready for a boatload of guests over the next couple months, and I'm so happy I have this gorgeous space for them! Friends, the gorgeous light in this space came from @1stoplighting! Be sure to check out their amazing Memorial Day #sale and get 20%off with the code FLAG! {link in profile}. You will LOVE their selection!


If you love DIY Industrial ideas, come read how you can make ANY table into an industrial table!

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33 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own DIY Industrial Sconces

  1. I love the way you incorporate industrial into your home. It’s refreshing, and allows for a lot of ingenuity. DH is mad crushing on your tools though ;)

    Great project! #RethinkReuse

  2. You know if you are not on Instagram, you should be. I know you can’t put text up, but just throw in a few pics and build an audience there. I think you’d find a ton of people who would be super interested in your blog here.
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