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Simple Wooden Wall Sconces

Make a set of attractive wooden wall sconces from a single board. Then add LED candles, plants, or other decorations.

Simple Wooden Wall Sconces

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw or jigsaw
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Cordless drill and driver bit


  • 1 x 6 x 8 cedar or pine board
  • 1-1/4-in drywall screws or deck screws
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Hillman self-leveling picture hangers, #52716
  • 1/2-in universal bumpers, pack of 12, #55660
  • Rust-Oleum oil stain, half-pint, Sunbleached
  • Rust-Oleum, semi-gloss polyurethane
  • Sherwin-Williams latex interior primer
  • Sherwin-Williams latex paint, Honeycomb, #SW 6375

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Build the sconces

Step 1

From a 1 x 6 board 8-feet long, cut the backs (A), shelves (B), and braces (C) (Project Diagram, Cutting List and Cutting Diagram). Cut the 45-degree angle on each part as shown and sand all of the parts with 120-grit sandpaper to remove any sharp edges.

Good to Know

Follow the Cutting Diagram found in the Project Diagram for the best yield from your lumber. Not following the diagram will waste material, and possibly prevent you from getting the entire project out of one board.

Step 2

Glue and tape an angled brace to one side of the shelf (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). After the glue dries, drill a countersunk pilot hole and reinforce the connection with a 1-1/4-inch screw. Repeat for the remaining sconce shelves, taking care to alternate between sides of the shelves for the braces.

Step 3

Prime and paint each shelf assembly following the manufacturer’s instructions (Honeycomb shown). Apply wood stain (Sunbleached shown) to the three backs. After the stain dries, apply two coats of polyurethane following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Good to Know

Between coats of paint or polyurethane, lightly sand away any bumps in the finish with a fine-grit sanding sponge. Wipe with a tack cloth and apply a second coat for the smoothest finish.

Step 4

When the finish has dried, mark the position of the shelf assembly on a shelf back (Project Diagram, Drawing 1) and use a countersink bit to drill the pilot holes for the three fasteners. Secure the shelves to the backs with 1-1/4-inch screws.

Good to Know

For outdoor sconces, use a cedar board, exterior glue, and a deck screw. Then finish the exterior sconce with exterior solid-color stains to protect your project. For an interior version, use pine, poplar, or cedar boards with drywall screws, and interior wood glue.

Step 5

Attach a sawtooth hanger (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) to the back of each sconce centered on the width of the backs (A), and 5-1/2 inches down from the top. Add rubber cabinet bumpers to the backs of the sconces even with the shelves on the front.

Step 6

Simple Wooden Wall Sconces--Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Install picture hangers in the wall in a pattern of your choosing, or use the Project Diagram as a guide.

Good to Know

The sconces are meant to hold an LED candle or decorative element; they are not intended to hold burning candles.