Introduction: Ikea Hack: City Light

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This cute lamp brightens up your day!

Step 1: Materials

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I used the FADO Table Lamp from IKEA. Of course, any lamp or light bulb from plain glass would work just fine.

First I bought the Sharpie China Marker, as it stated it would write on glass. That might be, but not on this one.
(btw, it does write and erase very well on plates and mugs)

Then I found the opaque paint marker from DecoColor, it works perfect! You probably want to buy the extra fine one, as the fine one is already pretty thick. And they come in many colors!

I tried to find a marker from the brand Poska, they would be ideal as well. Not sure if they sell this in the USA though.

So, you need:

  • 1 Fado table lamp
  • 1 opaque paint DecoColor marker

Step 2: Use Your Imagination!

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Go ahead and pimp your lamp! Honestly, I used Pinterest to boost my creativity. If you want to write on your lamp, on you find all the fonts you can think of.

It is hard to erase the ink. But a damp cloth can help to get rid of tiny mistakes. Oh, and just so you know, the ink takes little time to dry. Be sure not to wipe out wet ink.

Have fun!

Step 3: Side Note If You Like to Copy the Pattern

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For Psisolak, Bubble739 and maybe you who want to copy the pattern:

I just drew directly on the lamp, I don't have a template... But here might be a solution:

  1. Print the panoramic photo, or any drawing you like. Make sure you have a 360 degrees image.
    Or just choose 1 picture and repeat the pattern (looks aways nice). Or draw just 1 image. All fine!
  2. Use tape to fix the photo on the inside of the light bulb
  3. Gently press the paper to the side, so that the drawing becomes more clear
  4. Draw!

Or I would be happy to draw one for you and mail it.

Good luck & have fun!


ReneeK28 (author)2016-08-02


I'm making this my first Instructable. :)

MathijsWester made it! (author)2016-01-12

Made one for my girlfriend. Used up a lot of markers. Tip: Don't use the cheap markers, they don't work. Already bought a led/mood colour version for a retry with better inks.

Olav AlexanderM (author)2015-08-12

I'm thinking what about converting this to a led light + speaker?
Maybe a bluetooth speaker w/ moodlight? Would be great for students living in a small area like a dorm :-)

BartholomewH (author)2015-06-12

This ikea furnishing hack is the perfect gift!

curly gurly (author)2015-04-06

Btw the sharpie says "peel off," so maybe that's why it didn't work? Otherwise great instructable

psisolak (author)2014-12-08

Thank you for the excellent ideas!!!!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-12-04

Such a creative idea! It's really weird because a friend told me just yesterday that 'marker' can solve a lot of craft mistakes, problems! This is a great one :)

Markers are cool indeed! I like the fact that everything you draw is 'for ever'. Otherwise I keep erasing every tiny mistake until nothing is left :-)

Akin Yildiz (author)2014-12-06

very nice, i really want to make one for myself :)

Go for it! It's fun!

psisolak (author)2014-12-05

I really like this but have no drawing talent. any way you could trace one and post it? I have a friend in sf who would love this.

B Takes a Bite (author)psisolak2014-12-05

Oh, so glad to read you like the lamp! I'll send you a message!

Bubbie739 (author)B Takes a Bite2014-12-07

Pleeeeease send me the template as well, have granddaughter who works in SF and she would LOVE this for Christmas!

B Takes a Bite (author)Bubbie7392014-12-07

Not sure what you mean by that... I just draw directly on the lamp, I don't have the drawings on paper. Shall I send you more detailed pictures?

Bubbie739 (author)B Takes a Bite2014-12-08

My drawing ability is not the, do you suppose I could print the puctures and trace them on and then use tge black pen? I thought you had a pattern to follow. Any suggestions?

B Takes a Bite (author)Bubbie7392014-12-08

Hi Bubbie739 and Psisolak, I just wrote an addendum to the Instructable for you. Hope this works out! If I can help you further, just let me know.

All the best!

Bubbie739 (author)Bubbie7392014-12-08

Apologies for the ooops, old lady with fat fingers on phone. Anyway, I love your SF skyline lamp.

psisolak (author)B Takes a Bite2014-12-07

Hi. Yes all I was looking for was the template because I cannot draw! Tacky you so much for the reply and keep up the creative work.

psisolak (author)2014-12-07

Geez. You know I meant 'thank' you...

amangone (author)2014-12-05

Complimenti. Mi piace così tanto che copierò il tuo progetto. Grazie ciao

tomatoskins (author)2014-12-05

Beautiful! You should concider entering this into the "Make it glow" contest.

Hmmm, I hadn't though about that... Thanks!

Happy to help!

Tomsm (author)2014-12-05

Or conversely, one could draw the whole lamp and leave only the silhouettes and windows of buildings, as it would have looked like a night city.

B Takes a Bite (author)Tomsm2014-12-05

Nice idea! You probably want to use paint then, or you'll be broke on buying markers :-)

Sure it would look superb, tnx for the tip!

gwfong (author)2014-12-05

wonderfully simple and cool

Gilly (author)2014-12-04

Yep - definitely KISS working really well! Love this idea - could be a real talking point in your home.

seamster (author)2014-12-04

This is such a simple and clever idea, but yours turned out awesome. Love the SF cityscape you did. Excellent work!

B Takes a Bite (author)seamster2014-12-04

Thanks! Sometimes a KISS works best :-)

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