Picture of Barbie Leg Lamp

It's a major award!

For years I thought it would be hilarious to make and have my own leg lamp, similar to the one the Dad wins in the movie "A Christmas Story" (for those of you living under a rock). Only I wanted mine to be a miniature version, preferably made from a Barbie doll leg. I finally got around to it!

This was a fun little project, and is quite do-able for the average maker if you have a little persistence and some basic tools and supplies. I've tried to include enough information here to help you make your own without too much trouble, if you so desire.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Step 1: Lampshade template

Let's begin with the lampshade.

After some trial and error, I came up with a template that worked well enough to use. I made this into a pdf for easy storage if I ever want to use it again, as well as to share right here.

I printed this on card stock, and used spray adhesive to attach a piece of yellow polyester cloth to the back, non-printed side. In hindsight this is overkill, and I would recommend just printing the template on yellow paper if possible or just simply painting it yellow or gold after it's assembled.

The fabric does provide a nice textured look although it's only visible up really close.

The template for the lampshade is attached. If you use it, just print directly without resizing or "scaling" or whatever equivalent option your printer program may have.

OMG I LUV LUV LUV THE "A Christmas Story" MOVIE!!!
patatarium1 month ago
doodlecraft1 month ago

Oh my--it's a major award! I totally love this! Such a great idea...Christmas gifts maybe! :)

seamster (author)  doodlecraft1 month ago

Yes! Everybody needs their own leg lamp.

Attmos1 month ago

Awesome.. I always thought it would be funny to make one of these. Now you need a miniature Ralfie to stand there with his hands all over it.

seamster (author)  Attmos1 month ago

That would be great. Or even better, a Ken Doll in 50s glasses and a bunny suit!

Battlespeed1 month ago

Ha-ha! If I made this lamp my wife would bust it up like Ralphie's mother did in "A Christmas Story" (one of my favorite movies). I can see the grave in the back yard for the broken pieces...

amekdala1 month ago


kgirl55231 month ago
"Fragilla I must be Italian":)
Mrballeng1 month ago

I declare you Grand Marshal of the Awesome Parade.

seamster (author)  Mrballeng1 month ago

I am highly honored! I need to brush up on my parade wave, though.

Now, as Grand Marshal, will I be wearing the official Large Hat of Awesomeness, with accompanying decorative plumage? There WILL be decorative plumage, I presume.

grrr211 month ago

Fragile ... That's Italian, right?

Awesome job.

Clever Idea and a great lamp :), Thanks for sharing :)

OMG This is hysterical. SO COOL!!!!

sunshiine1 month ago

You are so clever! I love the design. thanks so much for such clear instructions and do have a great week!