This week I built this little DIY wall sconce and I am dying to show how easy this is to make! Not to mention cheap! I made two wall mounts for about $5 in lumber. So, if you have the tools (or know someone who does!) then you are set.

And don’t you love that cage light and bulb??? Keep scrolling for links to buy those beauties!!

Here’s a pic of the light. I still have to put the other one up, but I couldn’t wait to photograph this and share it with you! This is such a fun way to add an industrial farmhouse touch to any room. And I love that I can use them instead of lamps on my nightstands.

Custom Cage Light Sconce

DIY Custom Wall Sconce for Hanging Cage Light

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Materials Needed for Sconce

Shopping List For Cage Light

Cut List (for 2 sconces)


  • Cut 2 pieces at 18″ straight OR beveled at 45 on both ends.
  • Cut 2 pieces at 9″, straight or beveled at 45 degrees on one end.DIY Wall Sconce

Here is a video that shows you how I beveled the edges

(why does the camera have to freeze my face in the most awkward expressions?)

Steps to build DIY Custom Wall Sconce

Step 1: Drill Pocket holes

Using a Pocket Hole Jig drill two pocket holes on the 9″ piece (on the non-beveled side). Notice how I placed the piece on the jig. Make sure you place the pocket holes on the end opposite of the short beveled side. Drill holes close to the outer edges and leave the middle clear.

Wall Sconce Pocket Holes

Step 2: Drill Big Holes on the Short Piece

Using your Drill and your 1-1/2-Inch Forstner Bit  drill two big holes to thread the cord through. I did not really measure here. I just eyeballed it :)

DIY Wall Sconce Cage Light

Here is what your 9″ piece should look like once the pocket holes and the big holes are drilled.

DIY Wall Sconce

Step 3: Attach Short Piece to Long Piece

Attach the two pieces using 1-1/4-Inch Pocket Screws and glue at the seam. Make sure the piece is straight as you attach.

DIY Wall Sconce

There she is all put together! Now we just need to dress her up!

DIY Wall Sconce

Step 4: Sand and Spray Paint

I grabbed some sandpaper and lightly sanded the rough edges. Then I gave it two coats of Flat Black Spray PaintI like this spray paint because it has primer already in it. Win-Win!. When I finished spray painting I went back over the edges with the sandpaper to distress it a bit.

DIY Wall sconce

DIY Wall sconce spray painted

Step 5: Attach to the wall and admire your work!

I attached the sconce to the wall with 2 1/2″ Wood Screws. I only used one screw. You guys! These are my favorite wood screws. I love them because you can drive them in without pre-drilling! It’s like they glide in. You will need a different drill bit but it usually comes with the screws. I’m serious, once you use these you won’t want to go back to the regular ones! They also have them at Lowes .

DIY Cage Light Wall Sconce

That is it, you guys! I hope you like it! And don’t you love those Edison Vintage Light Bulbs ??

DIY Cage Light Sconce

DIY Sconce

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Who needs bedside lamps??? These sconces are SOOO much cuter and super easy to make!

If you prefer to purchase a similar sconce, check this one out from Amazon! Pretty cute, right?

And don’t forget to check out our other lighting projects!

Bathroom Light Fixture Makeover



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Janice| Sawdust Sisters

Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. Laurie

    This is fabulous! I want one!! Thanks for sharing the how to with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share :)

    1. Janice

      Thanks Laurie!

  2. Vanessa

    This is gorgeous! I am pinning this awesome project and so happy you shared this at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

    1. Janice

      Thanks so much Vanessa!

  3. sherry

    This is so awesome! I Thanks for giving us suck great instructions. I am wanting to make this.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Sherry!! In glad you liked it!

  4. LydiaF

    You make it look so easy! And the project turned out great :) Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

    1. Janice

      Thanks Lydia!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks for stopping by, Cristina!

  5. Sandra Garth

    I’m a huge fan of the industrial look and this is very pretty. The Mr.s honey-do list just got a little longer! Thanks for joining us at Celebrate Your Story!

    1. Janice

      I’m so glad you liked them Sandra! I hope the Mr. is OK with that :)

  6. Sarah

    I LOVE how these turned out!! And you made it so easy and do-able with your detailed instructions. Great job!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks so much Sarah! I appreciate you stopping!

  7. Susanne

    I saw your FB live for this project, very well done btw!! Love these sconces!!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Sussane!!!

  8. Sam@Raggedy Bits

    Love these!!! So clever!! Great tutorial also!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesomeness over at Waste Not Wednesday!

    1. Janice

      Thank you Sam!

  9. Melony

    I love these! My husband did something similar in our kitchen and they are great!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Melony! Id love to see your kitchen ones!

  10. Denise/DIY Crush

    Just beautiful! I loved your last DIY with the matching bathroom lights as well! So clever! Thanks for sharing at our craft party! Hope to see your new projects tonight at 7pm EST.!

  11. Charlene

    I am sorry. I do not see what or how you built the cage. What did you use? Thank you.

    1. Janice| Sawdust Sisters

      Hi Charlene, I didn’t build the cage. I bought it on Amazon. It’s linked in the post. I only build the wooden sconce :)

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