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.
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.
As with all the lamp colours, this one is brilliantly bright when it’s on.
And very toned down when it’s off.
Isn’t it amazing how much the colour changes between on and off?
This next gold spaghetti globe is apparently a rare find.
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.
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…
But do you remember this one?
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’.
Whoa, how about this green?
Or this blue and black…
Or this red?
In maybe another shape perhaps?
I love this shape. It’s referred to as a saucer shape.
What do you think of this shapely option?
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.
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.
There’s pretty in purple…
And everything in between!
Like this very psychedelic red and black.
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!
Images sources linked below each image.