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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

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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.

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

advaym (author)  Tinkercaptain10 months ago

thank you :)

advaym (author)  Tinkercaptain1 year 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

tinkersbg10 months ago

Great instructions and easy to follow.

scoughlin1 year ago
This is awesome, great job
Aleator7771 year 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!

phoebo 4 months ago

I have a shuttlecock cardboard roll, but I am worried it'll be too thin.. is there some minimum circumference?

advaym (author)  phoebo 4 months ago
a shuttlecock roll may be a little small, but it may work well too!
dath4 months ago

wickeeeddd,.. love it,..:)

DAVIDK364 months ago

wondering what the range is, looking to have a batman themed party and would like to have 4 in each corner of the dance floor beaming on to the roof, ceiling is 18 ft high but wondering how well it works before i make and buy supplies for it

advaym (author)  DAVIDK364 months ago
the lamp is a nightlamp and the bat silhouette is mild and soft.
it does not project onto the wall because of the butter paper used.
however, if you replace the butter paper with clear glass or a transparent sheet of plastic, it may project onto the wall (but then it won't be usable as a nightlamp anymore!)
Iheartmusic7 months ago
I love this nerdy project!!! Awesome for the superhero lovers.
morfioos10 months ago
slwthr10 months ago

looks great! just 6 inch for a bat man symbol! :3

chinocrix12 months ago

You can put the difusion paper on the botton, and put the bat symbol on a glass, it will look much better

carsam1 year ago
how long is the cardboard?
advaym (author)  carsam1 year ago

it is six inches long.

great job! May I suggest using metallic tape instead of gluing aluminum foil? it would make it go a lot quick. ?
advaym (author)  Eat_zombies1 year 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.

qzaqaz11221 year ago

Look great!haaha!:-P