Add Your Project

  • Home
  • How To's
  • Crafts & Decor
  • [#<Breadcrumb:0x00007f7e1eb16db0 @title="Home", @path="/nation">, #<Breadcrumb:0x00007f7e1eb16a18 @title="How To's", @path="/nation/how-tos">, #<Breadcrumb:0x00007f7e1b581f38 @title="Crafts & Decor", @path="/nation/how-tos/category/crafts-decor">]

Tile Lamp

  • February 25, 2015
  • Other


With the ever growing tile options available, this DIY lamp project opens the door to many stylish variations. I choose to work with a rustic, unsealed natural stone as the final home for this lamp will be a masculine office setting.

It's actually rather simple to build and feel free to modify the scale and proportions as you desire. I felt the rather squatty design created the modern aesthetic I was seeking.

The basic tile work used in this lamp make it a great starter project.

Show More

Print Options

  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Large e441069d 06e1 4336 9f09 6e6cc86f4ae0

      The dimensions of your lamp will be dictated to some degree by the size of your lampshade. I would suggest finding a shade before beginning to build. The width of your base should never be wider than the shade.

    2. Step: 2

      Large 07004fe8 7c05 4c2c aa82 fa46d9c8d8fe

      Cut pieces of board to the lamp base dimensions subtracting out the depth of the tile. The square box built for this project was 11" wide by 5.5" deep and 11" tall.

    3. Step: 3

      Large a55b932f a85b 43bf a07b fdad27d695a7

      Build your lamp base using the Ryobi AirStrike. Start with one side and work your way around until the box is formed.

    4. Step: 4

      Large 30e23ede ba5e 48e0 bbcd bd3535fe74c2

      Cut and nail the inside top of your base to become your "lid." For this lamp the lid is 9.75" by 4". Drill a hole in the top of your lid to accommodate the thread of the lamp kit.

    5. Step: 5

      Large 23aabdca ca74 47da ab8e e93caed72701

      Determine the depth of the tile selected for your tile lamp. The natural stone used varied in depth, but I used the thickest point of 1/2 inch as my depth. This measurement is the amount of overhang you will have on each side of the front and the back of the lamp. By doing this you hide the seams from the front view.

    6. Step: 6

      Large 742fd17f b786 4f16 9196 329e35b8513e

      Set up your Ryobi Tile saw with water in the base. Here's a safety tip: Since you are working with water and electricity, if you are using an extension cord, place the cord and your connection into a dry bucket. This will keep water from accidentally dampening the connection during the changing of water, etc.

    7. Step: 7

      Large cf12f918 6474 48c3 964a f8b212c041cb

      Cut the front and back pieces of your tile to desired size including the overhang. For the lamp shown this was 12". If your tile has overhang for seaming together, you'll want to make a straight cut to remove those pieces.

    8. Step: 8

      Large b0925ac9 1bd2 4687 9731 4d73544b20e8

      Cut the pieces of tile to fit the sides of the box. If you are using mortar instead of Simple Mat, you may choose to add about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch to allow for the additional depth added by the mortar.

    9. Step: 9

      Large f41d6ec1 c99d 411a 8478 585fa0f73b40

      Dry fit your pieces around the lamp.

    10. Step: 10

      Large 5c3d0244 25a5 4b30 958b bf0344af7180

      Cut a hole or cut a piece of the tile to make space in the back of your lamp base for the cord. Use pliers to hold small pieces of tile if necessary.

    11. Step: 11

      Large 1ebcdb8c 6ea2 45e0 86a2 e2d58d15ad3c

      Mark and drill a hole in the base to accommodate the cord.

    12. Step: 12

      Large a07320f2 e89a 4255 8442 43a79ed506fb

      For a clean finish, you will likely need to cut off the pieces of visible mesh. Use a sharp blade along the edge of the tile.

    13. Step: 13

      Large db9d687d 22ae 4475 84ca 8535916369bf

      Mix up your mortar. For this small project, I found 2 (8 oz) cups of mortar to about 1 cup water was plenty. The consistency of your mortar should be a little bit thicker than peanut butter.

    14. Step: 14

      Large 89a4d0c2 5790 4044 83e4 b605eb60d962

      Using a notched trowel, spread one side of the box with mortar and apply tiles.

    15. Step: 15

      Large 7dd092f9 ba39 4251 8689 7320895fac96

      As an extra precaution, and to insure the tile fits snugly against the wooden base, secure a bungie cord around the base during dry time; OR

    16. Step: 16

      Large cb84fc30 84fc 42c3 ad0c 2634eea89ab5

      You may also choose to use a product called Simple Mat that is like an extra large tile tape. Simply cut pieces to fit the box, working on one side at a time.

    17. Step: 17

      Large 8cc4ce6d 7a03 4fcd 9614 ccb3ebe148dc

      If your tile requires grout, do so the next day; OR right away if using Simple Mat. Even if no grout is necessary for your chosen tile, you may still find you need to fill some small gaps where the tiles meet on the sides or along the top. For this I used a small amount of tile grout caulk, matching the overall color of the tile.

    18. Step: 18

      Large b2c3f9c3 c005 42c0 9c7f 11871e9be21c

      Paint the top of your base to match the overall color of your tile. Then,wire your lamp according to lamp kit instructions. The extension from the lamp base to the lamp kit was rather small in this design, only 3/4", but I still chose to cover the threaded rod with a piece of aluminum pipe painted flat black.

    19. Step: 19

      Large 23a29eac 6a6f 499e b5eb 8f6121c4ab49

      Cut a piece of wood to fit the bottom of your lamp. This one was 13" wide by 7" deep. I painted the base flat black and followed with a super high gloss top coat. Attach with wood glue.

    20. Step: 20

      Large ce61f5cb 43b1 423a 94e7 2136d1de7bb6

      Add lamp shade and turn on your lamp!

Comments (6)


  • I love this lamp! It's so original!
    By karen_atlanta, on March 3, 2015

  • Such a unique and cool project! I love the stone tiles.
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on March 3, 2015

  • Love the lamp. Can't wait to give it a try. :)
    By agirlsgottabuild, on March 5, 2015

  • Great idea for a custom lamp!
    By maryhale4, on March 6, 2015

  • I like the look of the lamp.
    By Bulidingdog, on March 12, 2015

  • on my 2Do list now ... tysm
    By uWishuCould, on October 5, 2015

Members Also Viewed

Print Options

Print Project

back to top?

Asset 1

Join RYOBI Nation

We're so glad you're here! Let's get started.

Welcome to Ryobi Nation!

Please confirm your email address.

Welcome

Let's build your project feed!

Select some categories to pick the kinds of projects that show up on your home page:


Welcome to Nation

welcome_r2 graphic
Welcome to your RYOBI Nation quick start guide, a fast and easy way to see everything that's waiting for you!
project_feed_r1 graphic
Your feed shows the latest projects from the categories you’ve selected, right on your homepage!
upload_r2 graphic
Are you working on something awesome? Upload your DIY projects today, and share with other members.
contests_r2 graphic
We award monthly and annual prizes for the best projects, worth up to $2500 in RYOBI tools! That’s a lot of hardware, and it could all be yours.
connect_r2 graphic
RYOBI Nation is a positive connection between people who are creating great things.
You can follow fellow members, like their projects, and comment to let them know they’re doing a great job.
notifications_r1 graphic
Come back to RYOBI Nation often to see what is new and to stay in touch.
If you're on a mobile device, don't forget you can add RYOBI Nation to your home screen for quick access to your project feed.

Update Image

Nation logo

Tile Lamp

by Deeply Southern Home
Feb 25, 2015
Medium 4fd16b19 e1fd 4cad 9acd 648e632ceb9a

With the ever growing tile options available, this DIY lamp project opens the door to many stylish variations. I choose to work with a rustic, unsealed natural stone as the final home for this lamp will be a masculine office setting. It's actually rather simple to build and feel free to modify the scale and proportions as you desire. I felt the rather squatty design created the modern aesthetic I was seeking. The basic tile work used in this lamp make it a great starter project.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge e441069d 06e1 4336 9f09 6e6cc86f4ae0

    The dimensions of your lamp will be dictated to some degree by the size of your lampshade. I would suggest finding a shade before beginning to build. The width of your base should never be wider than the shade.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 07004fe8 7c05 4c2c aa82 fa46d9c8d8fe

    Cut pieces of board to the lamp base dimensions subtracting out the depth of the tile. The square box built for this project was 11" wide by 5.5" deep and 11" tall.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge a55b932f a85b 43bf a07b fdad27d695a7

    Build your lamp base using the Ryobi AirStrike. Start with one side and work your way around until the box is formed.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 30e23ede ba5e 48e0 bbcd bd3535fe74c2

    Cut and nail the inside top of your base to become your "lid." For this lamp the lid is 9.75" by 4". Drill a hole in the top of your lid to accommodate the thread of the lamp kit.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 23aabdca ca74 47da ab8e e93caed72701

    Determine the depth of the tile selected for your tile lamp. The natural stone used varied in depth, but I used the thickest point of 1/2 inch as my depth. This measurement is the amount of overhang you will have on each side of the front and the back of the lamp. By doing this you hide the seams from the front view.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 742fd17f b786 4f16 9196 329e35b8513e

    Set up your Ryobi Tile saw with water in the base. Here's a safety tip: Since you are working with water and electricity, if you are using an extension cord, place the cord and your connection into a dry bucket. This will keep water from accidentally dampening the connection during the changing of water, etc.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge cf12f918 6474 48c3 964a f8b212c041cb

    Cut the front and back pieces of your tile to desired size including the overhang. For the lamp shown this was 12". If your tile has overhang for seaming together, you'll want to make a straight cut to remove those pieces.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge b0925ac9 1bd2 4687 9731 4d73544b20e8

    Cut the pieces of tile to fit the sides of the box. If you are using mortar instead of Simple Mat, you may choose to add about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch to allow for the additional depth added by the mortar.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge f41d6ec1 c99d 411a 8478 585fa0f73b40

    Dry fit your pieces around the lamp.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 5c3d0244 25a5 4b30 958b bf0344af7180

    Cut a hole or cut a piece of the tile to make space in the back of your lamp base for the cord. Use pliers to hold small pieces of tile if necessary.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 1ebcdb8c 6ea2 45e0 86a2 e2d58d15ad3c

    Mark and drill a hole in the base to accommodate the cord.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge a07320f2 e89a 4255 8442 43a79ed506fb

    For a clean finish, you will likely need to cut off the pieces of visible mesh. Use a sharp blade along the edge of the tile.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge db9d687d 22ae 4475 84ca 8535916369bf

    Mix up your mortar. For this small project, I found 2 (8 oz) cups of mortar to about 1 cup water was plenty. The consistency of your mortar should be a little bit thicker than peanut butter.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge 89a4d0c2 5790 4044 83e4 b605eb60d962

    Using a notched trowel, spread one side of the box with mortar and apply tiles.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 7dd092f9 ba39 4251 8689 7320895fac96

    As an extra precaution, and to insure the tile fits snugly against the wooden base, secure a bungie cord around the base during dry time; OR

  16. Step: 16
    Huge cb84fc30 84fc 42c3 ad0c 2634eea89ab5

    You may also choose to use a product called Simple Mat that is like an extra large tile tape. Simply cut pieces to fit the box, working on one side at a time.

  17. Step: 17
    Huge 8cc4ce6d 7a03 4fcd 9614 ccb3ebe148dc

    If your tile requires grout, do so the next day; OR right away if using Simple Mat. Even if no grout is necessary for your chosen tile, you may still find you need to fill some small gaps where the tiles meet on the sides or along the top. For this I used a small amount of tile grout caulk, matching the overall color of the tile.

  18. Step: 18
    Huge b2c3f9c3 c005 42c0 9c7f 11871e9be21c

    Paint the top of your base to match the overall color of your tile. Then,wire your lamp according to lamp kit instructions. The extension from the lamp base to the lamp kit was rather small in this design, only 3/4", but I still chose to cover the threaded rod with a piece of aluminum pipe painted flat black.

  19. Step: 19
    Huge 23a29eac 6a6f 499e b5eb 8f6121c4ab49

    Cut a piece of wood to fit the bottom of your lamp. This one was 13" wide by 7" deep. I painted the base flat black and followed with a super high gloss top coat. Attach with wood glue.

  20. Step: 20
    Huge ce61f5cb 43b1 423a 94e7 2136d1de7bb6

    Add lamp shade and turn on your lamp!