Upcycled Fish Bowl Copper Wall Lights

Howdy Friends!

It’s the third week of Creating With The Stars and the challenge is Upcycle. If you’re new here, WELCOME! Please make yourself comfortable and hang out with me sometime. If you don’t know what Creating With The Stars is, you can read the details here. I wasn’t picked to be one of the 12 contestant (boo-hoo), but I’m still completing the challenges! So this is like *cue ‘all by myself’ tune* Creating With Myself!

My idea for the Upcycle week’s project were wall light fixtures made out of copper (“copper”) piping and fish bowls. Say what?! Let me explain- Bubby got a betta fish for his 1st birthday. “Fishy friend” has moved into new homes a few different times which has left us with several empty fish bowls. It could have been copious amounts of caffeine mixed with several nights lacking in sleep, but the idea struck and I just did it!

Pin It! DIY Upcycled Fish Bowls and Copper Pipe Wall Lamps Tutorial by ForMyLoveOf

How Long Did It Take?

I ran into so many speed bumps during the process that I don’t have an accurate time frame. Minus spray paint dry time, I imagine it wouldn’t take longer than 1 hour!

What Did I Use?

1 inch Electrical Conduit pipe (1 10 inch long pole), PVC Elbow joints (4), Copper Spray Paint (1) , 2 Hole Pipe Straps (4), Make A Lamp Kit/Necessary Lamp Making pieces (2 kits), Plastic Fish Bowls (2), E-6000  (Although I recommend either using PVC pipe with the PVC elbows or Copper pipe with Copper elbows)

The Process >>>

Of course I first had to gather my supplies. After supplies were purchased, I cut the electrical conduit with a pipe cutter. 2 pieces were cut to be 42 inches long, the other 2 pieces were cut to be 18 inches long. This used up the entire 10 feet of pipe perfectly. I then hung the pipes and laid out the visible lamp pieces, PVC elbow joints, and 2 hole straps and spray painted everything generously.


While that dried I had hubby drill holes into the bottoms of the fish bowls.

Everything had to be assembled at once. At least that’s the best way I figured to do this. I applied E-6000 as I connected the pieces to ensure any knocking around bubby did wouldn’t cause it to completely collapse. This became an issue for me when I realized that the 1 inch Electrical Conduit pipe did not fit into the 1 inch PVC elbow joint pieces.




To remedy the problem, I wrapped macrame cord leftover from my DIY Macrame Wall Hanging around the ends of the pipes to make them fit snug into the PVC pipe. If I had more time to complete the project, I would have just gone back and picked up PVC pipe. I TOTALLY recommend using PVC pipe with PVC elbows or Copper pipes with Copper elbow fittings. Not mixing materials.


Another hiccup I ran into, and I ran into it too with my DIY Vase Lamp (Although I thought I followed the directions correctly for the Make A Lamp kit) My lamps did not turn on. Turns out I had my wires backwards (Yes, on both these and my vase lamp wtf).

Attach With 2 Hole Straps ForMyLoveOf

Hubby them helped drill the straps in place while I held the lamp in place and BAM- totally cool wall lamps.

Copper Pipe and Fish Bowl Upcycle Project DIY Wall Lamps ForMyLoveOf

DIY Upcycled Fish Bowls and Copper Pipe Wall Lamps Tutorial by ForMyLoveOf

Pin It, DIY Upcycled Fish Bowls and Copper Pipe Wall Lamps Tutorial by ForMyLoveOf

I really like them. Bubby went on a pretty epic lamp breaking spree when he was first learning to walk. 18 months later and we now have a wonderful 22 month old is more interested in feeding his fish and drowning my plants. So this pair of lamps should be safe. Loads more DIY light fixtures are coming up soon so make sure you’re following for all the epicness coming soon!

Oh, and you know one of your Pinterest friends is going to love this project, don’t forget to pin it for their sake!

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  1. Wow! What a unique project!! I absolutely love re-purposing things and what better way than with whacha got lying around! They’re such a statement piece, and looks like they match perfectly in your living room!

    Found ya over on ‘the makers’ link party!

    Much Love,
    Trisha D
    black and white obsession

    • They are quite happy living amongst the other things coming together in our living room. It’s a blast! Thanks so much for stopping by, see ya at #thriftscorethursday!

  2. ummm these are amazing! I’m in love with everything copper right now too 🙂 Awesome Upcycle!!

  3. My first thought was “oh gosh I hope little ones don’t get too into those” but as long as you have some plants to drown, they turned out really slick! I like the copper contrast with the wall color.

  4. These are great girl! I love that you’re creating something for each week of CWTS & love everything you’ve come up with so far! These are going on the Awesome DIY Projects pinboard for sure! (p.s. I would love to have you join that board… I’ll try to figure out how to send you an invitation!)

  5. This is one of the coolest DIY’s I’ve ever seen!!! So unique!

  6. That is such a cute idea! I love the look it gives the room. They turned out awesome!

  7. Love this idea! Never would have thought of the fish bowls. 🙂

  8. How awesomely creative! And they look great in your decor. So unique and fun. Great job!

  9. These are remarkable and sooo cool. What a great idea and beautiful outcome.

  10. Hi Corinna, I wanted to let you know I featured your lamps today on my blog post about DIY industrial pipe furniture, I just love this! Have a great day! Sharon @ lilikoijoy.com


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