Homemade Sconces


Homemade sconces can add just the right touch of personality to a room. They also make great conversation pieces and gifts. Using common household items, sconces will truly make your room unique.


  • Sconces date back to ancient times when people lighted their caves with burning branches that were mounted in-between rocks on the wall. In Medieval times, the same concept was employed in castles by chaining huge torches to the walls. The sconces of today serve the same purpose of providing light.

Wood and Votive Sconce

  • Make a sconce by using a piece of wood, three to four glass votive candles, a picture hanging kit, wood stain or paint and glue. Cut the wood into a rectangular shape that is wide enough to hold the glass votive candles spaced two inches apart horizontally and long enough to hold the candle holders spaced two inched apart vertically. Stain or paint the wood and let dry. Glue the glass votive candle holders to the wood using a glue specifically for glass and wood. Attach the picture hanging kit to the back of the wood and hang.

Jelly Jar Sconce

  • Jelly glass jars make unique sconces. To begin, choose a pint or quart-wide mouth jelly jar. Also collect picture hanging wire, a screw or nail, hammer, colored sand, glass beads or some sort of filler and a votive candle in a glass holder. First, cut a piece of wire about 12 inches long. Find the middle of the wire and place it around the mouth of the jar twisting tightly like a twist tie where the wire meets. Create a loop with the remaining wire, cutting any loose ends. Wrap the exposed wire with ribbon or colored tape. Put the screw or nail in the wall and hang the jar by the wire loop. Fill the jar with filler of your choice to a point where the votive candle can be easily lit.

Old Sconce, New Look

  • An old glass sconce can be covered to create a whole new look and mood. Sconce covers can be gluing seashells or glass beads to it. Both materials can withstand the heat generated by a light bulb and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. Remember when gluing to be sure to overlap the items. This offers full coverage and adds dimension to the sconce. The light shining through a single layer will be lighter than the light shining through multiple layers.

Wine Glass Sconce

  • To make a wine glass sconce, find a wineglass of your choosing, a small rubber clad "U" shaped garden tool wall hanging hook (found at any hardware store), colored electrical tape, sharp scissors, colored sand or glass beads and a glass votive candle. The rubber coating on the "U" shaped wall hanging hook can be removed with sharp scissors if desired, or it can be covered with colorful tape. Screw the "U" hook into the wall where desired. Set the wine glass in the hook, so that it is hanging upright. Fill the glass about 1/3 full with colored sand, glass beads, rocks or whatever filler suits you. Place the votive candle in the wine glass on top of the filler and light the candle.

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