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May 16th, 2013

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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  1. Jennifer Rose Smith says:

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

  2. It looks great, Claire! Very impressive.


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

  4. 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

    • clairezinnecker says:

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

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

  6. Kate says:

    Very nice job, Claire! It looks great.

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

    • clairezinnecker says:

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

  8. tashaicb says:

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

  9. allinasoiree says:

    Love these lightings such a great diy!

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

  11. this is awesome and so do-able! thanks!

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

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  15. Margaret says:

    How much did it cost (roughly)?

    • clairezinnecker says:

      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.

  16. Cindy says:

    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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    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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  41. Stuart says:

    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?

  42. Marissa says:

    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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    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 🙁

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