This project can be made for $5 and takes less than half an hour to put together. Read on for the details.
Note: the bulb looks like an incandescent, but it is in fact a CFL. The spiral fluorescent is inside a plastic bulb.
Step 1: Stuff
Some people freak out when books get destroyed for projects like this. Well, tons of unsold books get destroyed every year. If this was one of the last few copies on Earth that would be one thing, but according to the dust cover of the book I used there were over 100,000 sold so there are plenty more. Having read some of it a while ago, the world isn't missing much anyway.
- IKEA Lampan lamp
- hardcover book at least 2" wide inside
- rubber band
- X-acto knife
- safety glasses
Step 2: Free up the lamp cable
So put on a pair of safety glasses, grab a pair of of pliers and go to town. Keep snapping off pieces of plastic until all that is left is the cord itself. This only takes a couple minutes.
Step 3: Cut out main space in book
If you look at the picture below you'll see what I mean. Now, I was a little delusional when I made these curving lines. As I cut into the book I quickly realized that straight lines are easier and faster to do, especially when you're cutting through 700+ pages. So instead of this drawing, draw out an L-shape that would hold the light.
With the X-acto knife, go nuts on the book, slicing it up all the way through.
Step 4: Cut out gap
Step 5: Band it together
Step 6: Turn it on!
other activities to do right after this:
- drink some tea
- doodle on a piece of paper
- listen to your favorite album on a pair of headphones with your eyes closed
- walk outside for a bit