Make A Stylish Lamp Out Of Coffee Cans

Make a caffeine jolt for all of your lighting needs.


  1. 3 large metal coffee cans (the 34- or 39-ounce size)
  2. 6 – 8/32 1/2-inch long bolts
  3. 6 – 8/32 nuts 12 washers that fit the 8/32 bolts
  4. 3 – 1/8 1/2-inch long threaded nipples
  5. 3 keyless medium-based lightbulb sockets
  6. 3 – 1/8 lock (toothed) washers
  7. 3 – 1/8 X 9⁄16 hex nuts
  8. 3 silver 18/2 gauge cord sets


  1. Marker
  2. Ruler
  3. Drill
  4. 3/8-inch drill bit
  5. 3/16-inch drill bit
  6. Pliers
  7. Screwdriver

Make A Stylish Lamp Out Of Coffee Cans Make A Stylish Lamp Out Of Coffee CansTurn the tins bottom side up, numbering each can with a marker and also marking the center.

Huddle the cans together in a triangular configuration, keeping in the numbered sequence with the seams facing the center. From center to center, make a mark on the outside edge of the cans where they touch each other.

Separate the cans. Using the marks on the edges, draw vertical lines down the length of each can. Drill two 3/16-inch holes on each line (four holes total). Make sure the holes are on the flat ribs of the can and the measurements are the same so the holes will line up.

With the cans bottom side up, use the 3/8-inch drill bit to drill through the center of each can (that you marked in step 1).

Use the six 8/32 bolts, the six 8/32 nuts, and the twelve washers to attach the cans to each other, using the screwdriver and the pliers.

Thread the 1/8-inch nipples into the bottom of the socket shells. Put the shell into the can, sticking the leftover nipple out of the center hole. Use the lock washer and 9/16 nut on the outside bottom of the can. Tighten all parts together.

Feed the silver cord set through the center of the nipple from the outside bottom of the can to the inside. Pull plenty of wire through so you can easily knot the end of the wire and attach the socket.

Pull the excess wire back out and snap the socket together using the other part of the shell. With the sockets completed, test the electrical components and make sure that each lights up. There will be three separate cords, which can all be wired together or fed into a junction box if the fixture is to be installed in the ceiling.

Next, paint lamp cans however you want and, when dry, assemble as instructed above.

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