Bat-signal Night Lamp

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Want to contact Batman for help? Do the Joker and Bane scare you at night? then this Bat-signal is a perfect night-lamp for you! This is a low-powered replica of the bat signal which can be used as a small night lamp at home. A fun and exciting project to do for all batman fans!

PS: the Bat-signal is a distress call by commissioner Gordon of the Gotham city police department. It is used as a method of contacting Batman.

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Step 1: Materials

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  • Empty cardboard roll
  • Glue
  • Foil - aluminium or tin
    Silver paint
  • Butter paper/ Tracing sheets
  • Black paper sheets
  • Scissor and blade
  • black acrylic paint
  • permanent marker
  • a light-bulb holder with a low wattage light-bulb
  • a long wire with a plug
  • empty small plastic bottle (as stand)
  • electrical insulating tape
  • empty matchbox - small
  • another box (as base)
  • Enthusiasm!

Step 2: Cutting the cardboard roll

To make the body of this lamp, i've used an empty cardboard roll of a scotch bottle. but honestly, anything will do! you can use a pringles box, an empty shuttlecock box, or anything that comes to your mind. Plastic bottles should not be used as they may melt due to the heat, hence stick to cardboard rolls.

on the cardboard roll, demarcate one side as the top and one side as the base. then cut out small strips of cardboard as shown in the above images. you can use a blade/craft knife to cut cardboard.

After cutting out the strips i peeled off the shiny glossy outer coat to reveal the brown cardboard below.

Step 3: Gluing the silver foil

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This is a time-consuming step. cut out strips of foil and slowly start gluing them to the cut-out cardboard roll. This helps in adding a metallic feel to it.


If you have metallic silver paint, you can even paint the roll silver. however, I made do with what I had.

scoughlin13 days ago
nintenbro6418 days ago
This is awesome, great job
Aleator77720 days ago

Fantastic and simple. I can easily see a tiny little commissioner Gordon standing next to it.

This is awesome!

Nice work :). Cool design :)

Looks Awesome!

carsam19 days ago
how long is the cardboard?
advaym (author)  carsam9 days ago

it is six inches long.

Eat_zombies17 days ago
great job! May I suggest using metallic tape instead of gluing aluminum foil? it would make it go a lot quick. ?
advaym (author)  Eat_zombies17 days ago

it definitely would, but it would also make it a lot more expensive.
I've made this with materials one can find in the house itself, without having to specifically buy them.

Love all of the recycled materials you incorporated in this...simply spectacular! :)

advaym (author)  Tinkercaptain20 days ago

Thank you.
the best part about using recycled materials was that i barely spent any money making this. all materials i picked up from different parts of my house:p

qzaqaz112222 days ago

Look great!haaha!:-P


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