I actually wanted to cast a concrete lampshade a long time ago. The problem with the implementation, however, is that it also has to be very stable and at the same time the weight must not be too heavy for assembly. But I’ve now also found the best solution for this. A concrete lamp without having to pour the concrete!
DIY concrete lamp without pouring
The solution to these problems can easily be found in the craft store. There is a concrete effect paste and matching concrete effect colors that are very light and with which you can achieve a great concrete effect.
Material for the concrete lamp
- Lampshade (plastic)
- Concrete effect paste
- Light concrete glaze & dark concrete glaze (in a set with the paste)
- Copper metal gloss paint
- Emery paper
And so you create the concrete lamp
1. Clean the lampshade well beforehand and then apply the concrete paste in several layers one after the other. I applied the first layer with a wide brush. Later layers with a spatula.
2. Let the concrete dry out after one layer and then sand it a little smooth before you apply the second layer. Sand the last layer a little smoother. But you can also leave the lamp a little more rustic and coarse if you find this nicer.
3. So that the concrete effect gets more depth and looks more realistic, you then dab the dark and light concrete color here and there in different places on the lamp with the sponge. You can blur the whole thing as you find it most beautiful. Then let everything dry well again.
4. For an extra nice effect, I painted the inside of the lamp with copper paint. Depending on the color, you may need several layers of paint for this.
After drying, the lamp is ready to be hung.