DIY – Owl lamp

Monday, April 23, 2012

diy owl lamp

I saw all these great owl lamps online and I loved them. I am a big fan of owl and of vintage products. So these owl lamps would look great in my interior! But unfortunately I couldn’t find one around here. Besides that I thought I could make one my self for a just a few bucks. I found a polystone owl in the store. Polystone is an ideal material for this project because it’s easy to make holes in it without destroying the whole owl. So here is my DIY version of the vintage owl lamp!

Read how to make these polystone  DIY owl lamp after the jump. . .

What you need for this DIY owl lamp

– polystone owl. This plastic one from Amazon would work too.
Ikea Hemma table lamp base (the smallest version)
– black cord light switch
– white spray paint
– drilla
– lampshade

How to make this fabulous DIY owl lamp 

Drill a hole in the top of your polystone owl, big enough to fit the tube from the table lamp base. You also need to drill a hole in the bottom to make the cord come out. Cut the cord from the lamp base on both sides of the lamp switch. Remove the square base of your lamp base. Now you can fit the tube of your lamp base inside the polystone owl. Decide if you want the to spray paint the whole thing, or just the owl. I decided to go for some contrast and just paint the owl. After spray painting many layers of paint on the owl I installed the tube in the owl again and pulled the cord through the hole in the bottom. Install the light switch to make the lamp work again. Place the lamp shade on top of it and you’re DIY owl lamp is ready for your home!

7 Responses
  • Sarah Lorrimer-Riley
    May 10, 2012

    Fab…how gorgeous is this!

  • becomingelizabeth
    June 12, 2012

    Love this idea so much! Where would you recommend finding the owl?

    • Wilma
      June 13, 2012

      Thank you! I found it at a dollar store.

  • Maddy
    July 9, 2012

    Wilma I love this! I found $2 lamp bases at my local Kmart so I am going to give this a go if I can find the right animal. I do have a ceramic elephant but I don’t know how he will hold up to some drilling.

    Thanks for the great idea


  • Brianna
    September 7, 2012


    I’m looking to make this lamp for a Christmas present. Where did you find your owl that you used? I saw the ones on Amazon but I don’t like the stump they are perched on. Thanks!

  • Cami
    September 9, 2012

    Is there a picture of the lamp you made? The one picture displayed doesn’t plow the directions you’ve given so I was curious to see how yours turned out. It sounds cute

  • Lisa
    November 13, 2014

    Splendid! I have a shade and an animal that I have wanted to turn into a lamp but I have been struggeling a bit with how to get a pipe to hold the lamp and shade up. Now you opend my eyes to the smart and easy way by just bying the lamp base! Love it! Big thank’s!!! / Lisa

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