How to Make a Tripod Floor Lamp

11:20:00 AM

Found on the side of the road this week...

Check out that tall thing in the back...
it's an old wooden tripod!

I'm psyched! Because I want to make one of these lamps...


And here's how I'm going to do it for $13.00...

First you need a light kit...
(had one... free)

Take it apart and thread it through the hole at the top of the tripod... add a light bulb ($1.00)...

Put the wires back together and make sure it works...

Good it did!

Next, I need a shade...
Got this one at Target ($12.00)...

Did you notice that shelf in the middle?

Couldn't let that just sit there with nothing on it!

I think it turned out really great! 
Well worth the $336.00 savings!

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  1. Awesome roadside find! Great job turning it into a lamp!

  2. What a super find. It looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

  3. This was definitely the fine I admired most! I want to do the same thing. Yours turned out great...and what a savings!

  4. Fabulous!! I've been on the hunt for one because my son is an avid photographer and I thought it would be fun for him to have a tripod lamp. I'm a little intimidated working with electrical stuff but you made it look easy!! Thx. for the how to.

  5. what a great idea! I always see those camera stands at the thrift store and now I know what to do with them! :)

  6. Get out! That looks great, Susan! Well done! I knew you would come up with something cool for that.

  7. Ah! I saw the thumbnail pic with the tripod and remembered your post a few days ago. Boy, did you make quick work of that conversion!! Looks awesome!

  8. Now that is one Awesome replica!! Great job Susan!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  9. that is awesome! what a lucky find... gotta love free! t. xoxoxoox

  10. Good job...don't you just love curb side 'junk'?

  11. I love it, I want to do this, the tripod I have is to thin and antique so I need to find a more sturdy wood one first. You did a fab job.

  12. What a great find! Great job on turning her into a lamp. Hope you're having a grand evening! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. I juwt saw a tripod lamp on Nate's show yesterday! What a wonderful lamp you whiped up! And the price is so much better! :-)

  14. It's flipp'n awesome! You rocked this one big time! Love it!

  15. You've just been awarded the Liebster Award for your amazing blog and blog-friendship/sharing! Check my blog post today (10/26)
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    Blessings, Sharon

  16. I think it's actually a telescope stand. We have one just like it, but with the telescope still on it! Your transformation is fabulous! Thansk for linking up over at the Club G.W.{Goodwill} with Charm Bracelet Diva party! Roadside finds are always welcome! :)


  17. Wow! I'm still in awe of the fact that you found all that while driving along the road! Fabulous lamp you made out of it - I love those too, but have had to admire them from afar as well. :)

  18. I am SO SO SO excited to see this!! I am beginning to decorate a spare room with a 'vintage travel' theme . . . lots of old cameras, travel pics, etc. . . . this would be the perfect lamp! Off to ebay to find a tripod since I don't think I'll be so lucky as to find one in someone's trash!

  19. great job!!! You’ve been featured. Check it out.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  20. Thanks so much for sharing this on Crafty Scrappy Happy's Link up Party that I co-hosted -- I just gave you a feature on my favorite link ups!
    loveeeeeeeee this lamp!

    Pamela @

  21. crazy cool and clever! I am in love with this lamp! Thank you SO much for linking up and sharing this week at crafty scrappy happy!!!

  22. You didn't! You didn't! Wow--what a great find, this is such an amazing transformation. Lucky you!

  23. Oh. Em. Gee. I SOO want to find a tripod now!!!

  24. I've been wanting to do this for ages with one I found at the curb too. Now I've even got directions so no excuse not to get it done. Thanks for sharing, saw it on Roadkill Rescue this morning and had to stop by for the rest of the story! Awesome job!

  25. This is really awesome!! Very classy looking!

  26. I just saw your post at knock off decor and was so excited because I just bought a similar tripod stand (along with its original 1960's telescope) for $20 and was going to make it into a lamp. Great timing to find your post! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  27. I've got a tripod! Oh boy! All I need is the rest of the stuff. Thanks for the great idea! My tripod isn't quite as "vintage" looking but I think I can make a pretty neat lamp at that :-) Did you use a shade that just fits over the bulb? Or did you affix a harp somehow?
    Could you email me about that? ;-)

    1. Hi Nelda,
      I hope you get this, you are on "no-reply". I used a clip-on lamp shade, it fits right over the bulb.
      Easy peasy!

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  29. I love it, I love it, I love it. And wish I could I make one too. :) Thanks a million.


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