Transformed :: Copper Pipe Wall Sconce

DIY Copper Pipe Wall Sconce | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

Hi, my name is Claire, and I’m a lighting addict.  If there’s one home accessory I can’t get enough of, it’s a good light fixture… but of course, this addiction often comes at the expense of my poor wallet. Today’s fun and seriously easy project will add interest to any room that’s needing some extra light. The swiveling sconce design is simple and fully customizable, and all the materials you’ll need to recreate it can be found in one quick trip to the hardware store. Keep reading below to see how I did it!

DIY Copper Pipe Wall Sconce | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

DIY Copper Pipe Wall Sconce | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

DIY Copper Pipe Wall Sconce | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

 *note: pictured above are the supplies to make two sconces because I made a one to go on either side of my bed, but below I’ve listed out the supplies required to make just one.

DIY Copper Pipe Wall Sconce | Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles

  1. Using the jigsaw with a metal blade, cut your copper pipe to one 1 ft. piece and one 5 in. piece.
  2. Cut wood to be 4.5 in. long. This will become your sconce back plate.
  3. Attach the d-ring hanger to the back of the wood piece.
  4. Center your 5 in. pipe onto the wood back plate, put the copper straps (2) on the pipe as pictured. Drill holes, screw in screws, securing the 5 in. pipe to the wood back plate.
  5. Take apart cloth cord set.
  6. Remove wire from socket.
  7. Weave the cord through the 5 in. pipe.
  8. Add the then the 1/2 in. copper elbow and the 1 ft. pipe as pictured, and continue to feed the cord through.
  9. Lastly, attach the 1/2″ x 3/4″ elbow and pull cord through.
  10. Rewire the socket and screw in light bulb. I chose to leave off most of the plastic casing that we removed from the bulb in step 5 for aesthetic reasons. (note: it has been brought to my attention that if the plastic casing is left off, electrician’s tape should be wrapped around the threaded silver part for shock prevention. Safety first!)
  11. Nail the Perfect Picture Hanger hook into the wall, hang sconce and enjoy!

 

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63 Responses to “Transformed :: Copper Pipe Wall Sconce”

  1. Jennifer Rose Smith

    Whoah! Claire, this is awesome. You’ve really outdone yourself this time! I want two of those for either side of my bed!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks lady! I’d love to make you some!!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you, Ashley! It was a really fun project.

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    • clairezinnecker

      So exciting to hear!!! It’s definitely been a frequent thought of mine…!

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  2. Lesley Watson

    AMAZING DIY! Thanks for sharing, as soon as I own a home, I am going to create and install a couple of these. I love copper

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    • clairezinnecker

      I am a huge copper lover myself, and this is one of my first DIY’s with it….definitely won’t be my last!

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  3. FripperyVintage

    Wow these are amazing. They are little works of art. Very clever.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you!

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  4. Kate

    Very nice job, Claire! It looks great.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you! They were really fun to design.

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  5. kate stafford

    love how clean and simple these are! great job on the shots too :)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Kate! Chanel helped with the styling and shooting and well she’s pretty fabulous! :)

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  6. tashaicb

    This is really amazing! Beautiful and gives it an extra flare in your house

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you so much! Definitely a fun addition to my home :)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thank you Kelsey!

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    • clairezinnecker

      So glad you like it! Fun and easy!

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  7. Kat Rodriguez

    This is a great idea! The copper warms up the industrial look yet is still minimal and modern!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Kat! Copper definitely is a warmer take on industrial I think.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hooray! Thanks! So glad you like it.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Of course! It was so simple and very customizable!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yes it can!! (that’s my favorite part about it :) )

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  8. Margaret

    How much did it cost (roughly)?

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    • clairezinnecker

      hmmm I haven’t added up the receipts yet but a rough estimate would be around $40.00. This depends on the cord kit, wood, and bulb that you choose. I’d say those were the biggest variables.

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  9. Cindy

    Great tutorial, I wanted to do something similar inspired by Prouve’s Potence Lamp and was wondering if the copper straps scratch the pipe when you turn it? Thank you!

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    • clairezinnecker

      No it turns smoothly with no scratching. Hope this helps and good luck!

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  10. Hannah

    These look amazing. I’m planning on making some myself for my new apartment. I was wondering, do the urban outfitters cords have on/off switches?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks Hannah! Yes my cords had switches on them in addition to the plug!

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  11. Lan | morestomach

    i loved this so much and enjoyed the project. thanks so much for the inspiration.

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