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!

 *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.

  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!

 

71 comments
  1. 1
    Jennifer Rose Smith | May 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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

      Reply
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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing | May 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    It looks great, Claire! Very impressive.

    xo,
    Ashley

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    • clairezinnecker | May 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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

      Reply
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    celine {starbiesandsangrias} | May 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I’ll say it again- please open an etsy store. You’d have plenty of business from me. This is amazing.

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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

      Reply
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    Lesley Watson | May 16, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    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

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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

      Reply
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    FripperyVintage | May 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm

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

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Thank you!

      Reply
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    Kate | May 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Very nice job, Claire! It looks great.

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    • clairezinnecker | May 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you! They were really fun to design.

      Reply
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    kate stafford | May 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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

      Reply
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    tashaicb | May 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 17, 2013 at 10:26 am

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

      Reply
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    kelsey | May 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    beautiful!
    kw ladies in navy
    enter our giveaway!

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Thank you Kelsey!

      Reply
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    allinasoiree | May 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Love these lightings such a great diy!

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

      So glad you like it! Fun and easy!

      Reply
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    Kat Rodriguez | May 17, 2013 at 5:40 am

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

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

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

      Reply
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    Kelly (@Birdieshoots) | May 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love this- definitely pinning!

    //Birdie Shoots//

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    • clairezinnecker | May 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Hooray! Thanks! So glad you like it.

      Reply
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    thetangelofiles | May 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    this is awesome and so do-able! thanks!

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Of course! It was so simple and very customizable!

      Reply
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    Marlene @ Jade and Fern | May 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Wow, this is really beautiful! Can the sconce pivot from side to side?

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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

      Reply
  15. 15
    Marlene @ Jade and Fern | May 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Second comment so I can receive replies by email. 🙂

    Reply
  16. 16
    Margaret | May 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    How much did it cost (roughly)?

    Reply
    • clairezinnecker | May 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      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.

      Reply
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    Cindy | June 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    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 | June 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

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

      Reply
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    Hannah | August 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

    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 | August 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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

      Reply
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    Lan | morestomach | July 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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

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    Stuart | September 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Very cool. Thinking of putting a metal plate with a hole in it on the back of the sconce, and having the wire go through the wood so I can rig it to an electrical box for a wall switch. Can anyone see any potential “gotchas” here?

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    Marissa | January 2, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Hey Claire! Stunning DIY. I was planning to do something like this myself and was wondering, did you do anything to secure the elbows? I bent the copper for a coat rack project but for the light fixtures I do think elbows look better :).

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    mayaathome | July 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hey Claire – I just wanted to let you know that you’re the inspiration that got me into light making! Here’s a light that I made that you might like to check out! http://www.mayaathome.com/2016/06/29/diy-light-kitchen-sconce/

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    Lisa | September 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    So I tried to do this tonight and it was an epic fail…. I tried to follow the instructions as best I could, but I couldn’t find braided cloth wire anywhere except online and there were no instructions on how to accurately secure the wire to the bulb fixture screws 🙁

    Reply
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