Psychedelic Spaghetti Swags

There are various tutorials on how to make this Mid-Century Modern replica, but I thought it would be fun to go back in time and bring some of the vintage inspirations to you.

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The Spaghetti Lamp was common in the late 1960s and 70s, and was made of spun acrylic lucite. From what I could piece together, it’s a Danish design, but seriously, I couldn’t find much on its history. I had so hoped to bring you a little bit more, but in spite of that I think you’ll enjoy this retro revival even without the details of its incarnation.

You’ll notice the DIY light is a pendant, but the Spaghetti Lamp was most commonly a swag lamp with a pull chain for on/off. It came in a psychedelic rainbow of colours very much in keeping with its time, the ‘Psychedelic 60’s’, which of course seeped into the early 70s, too.

Let’s start with the gold globe.

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As with all the lamp colours, this one is brilliantly bright when it’s on.

And very toned down when it’s off.

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Isn’t it amazing how much the colour changes between on and off?

This next gold spaghetti globe is apparently a rare find.

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You can definitely see from this lamp where its name came from! And notice the pull chain…

Take a look at this two-tone variation.

On…

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And off.

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Here’s a classic white, also referred to as a clear swag. We had one growing up, and I bet many of you remember this one…

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But do you remember this one?

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It’s a 1970s tulip spaghetti swag.

But I really want to show you a sampling of the psychedelic colours.

Love this turquoise, which isn’t really too ‘far out’.

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Whoa, how about this green?

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Or this blue and black…

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Or this red?

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In maybe another shape perhaps?

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I love this shape. It’s referred to as a saucer shape.

What do you think of this shapely option?

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I’m not sure what the shape of this one is called, but it kind of reminds me of a ball of yarn. How about you?

Now here’s a very funky shape… at least its name is funky.

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This is referred to as an Atomic Saucer shaped swag! I think this one is very cool, and again, I”m loving the green.

And there’s a seafoam cylinder too.

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There’s pretty in purple…

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Amber Gold…

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Orangy Gold…

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And everything in between!

Like this very psychedelic red and black.

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Do you remember any of these swags? If you were to go down this retro path, which one would you choose? I think they’re all kind of fun in their own way!

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13 Replies to “Psychedelic Spaghetti Swags”

  1. I love the shape of those swag pendants and actually have a few that have that thick, colored glass – but I don’t think I’ve ever seen these kind of “spaghetti” versions. I thought I knew my retro, but this is a new one for me!

    1. That’s so awesome! What colour was yours? We had one too… it was the clear/white globe. I remember my Mom washing it down to manage the dust. Funny how these things are all coming back to me now 😉

  2. I have the turquoise lamp, that will be inherited from my grandmothers things. It is in perfect shape. The appraiser that came to the house gave it a low ball price and from what I see from your site I am right. Should I post it on ebay or Etsy? Or is there a better venue to get a better price Idea or sell from?
    Thanks

  3. The products which can be included in the list of swags vary from a small gift to large items. These products or items are presented in a way to attract customers. This method of marketing also helps in testing the new product in the market. The swags for sale are usually marked with the brand name of the company, so people can identify with the brand offering.

    1. Hi Connie,
      I can’t say for sure, but from what I’ve seen along the way, yes your square lights are harder to find. Lucky you to have 2 in your possession! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. I believe I have one of these, but nothing that looks like the ones in the pictures. It has round balls as a shade but the colors are earthy colors, red and tan, making them appear orange. It was my mothers and I was looking to find out more information about it. I haven’t been able to find anything even close until I found your page.

    1. Hi Kim,
      The colours you describe are also very common for spaghetti swags/lamps – lucky you! I hope you get a lot of use and pleasure from your spaghetti light, and if you opt to sell it, that you get a fair price for it!
      Thank you for connecting 🙂
      Sheila

  5. I have two spaghetti lamps possibly from the late 50s early 60s there is a tall floor lamp with the base frame teak wood, the lamp frame is a huge S shape in brass and the on each end of the brass s are two clear cone cylinder spaghetti shades and theres also some teak wood attached to the s frame. The other lamp i have or piece is a green and white moon shape spaghetti piece that lights up emerald green thats attached to a twisted wire brass frame that holds an ashtray and a magazine rack

    Just would like some info on these pieces.. And how rare they could be

    1. Hi Sim,
      Thank you for sharing these details. I am honestly not an expert or even a specialist in spaghetti lamps, and without photographs definitely not. The best I can suggest is to connect with an outlet that specializes in selling vintage lamps, swags, etc. and especially retro in style. I think you will get more information and background that way.
      Good luck!

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