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DIY wooden cube lamp

diy cube lamp

 Lighting is an important part of home improvement and it can really make a huge difference in a room. It’s always nice to use different lighting points, to be able to modulate the light and create a different atmosphere. If you want some tips about lighting and how to set it up properly in the different spaces of your house, you will enjoy reading my article about lighting tips.

Back to the tutorial, Today I propose you to create modern cube light. You can build it with some scrap wood, so it’s fairly cheap to make.

How to build a cube lamp

Materials you will need to make your minimal lamp:

  • 2 pieces of wood 5’x 9′ cut straight
  • 2 pieces of wood 5’x 9′ cut with two 45 angles (9′ being the smallest side)
  • Smalls nails
  • hammer
  • wooden glue
  • wood stain
  • white paint
  • varnish
  • brushes
  • bulb, wire, plug socket, switch and plug
  • drill
  • screwdriver

cutting wood to make the lamp

Makes it easier and ask at your hardware store to make the cuts.

start to build the minimal lamp

Take one of the wood pieces with straight edges. Mark the center and drill a hole to pass the cable. The plug socket base must fit in it too. So you will probably have to sand the edges to enlarge it.

nailing the cube lamp

Glue and nail the four sides of the cube together.

building the cube lamp

When the glue is dry, sand it and stain it (if you like to). Protect the edges and paint the inside in white, this will gives a nice light reflection.

painting the cube lamp

Assemble the plug and the switch on the wire. I decided to spray paint everything in copper for a nice finish. If you don’t feel comfortable about messing with electrical supplies you can find already assembled wire in stores. And if you are lucky they may have nice colors!

electric supplies for the diy lamp

Pass the wire into the hole and fix the bulb socket with the wire. You just have to slide a wire in each contact point and turn the screw to lock.

assembling the light


diy wooden cube lamp

And done! A nice modern lamp! you can place it on one side or on an angle. If you are looking for more lighting inspiration take a look at those paper lanterns and these DIY lighting ideas.

diy minimal light

PS: I made the fake coral with my glue gun, read my post to know how!

diy cube lamp


wooden cube lamp



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Sunday 5th of May 2019

It was very helpful,thanks


Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

Très chouette la lampe à 2 positions, mais c'est vrai qu'un p'tit coup de ponceuse ne fera pas de tort pour les prochaines réalisations dixit le ponceur fou ;-)

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 4th of June 2015

C'est sure que ce sera plus facile que de poncer a la main!