The letter lamp is a lamp that is pleasing the eye. Especially when you know that you made it yourself. it consists of materials that are cheap to buy or easy to make. The total costs on this lamp were a bit over €10,-. This is because only a few parts are used. The advantage of only having a few parts is that the assembly of the lamp is really easy. These low costs and assembly simplicity makes it the perfect gift! the letters can be the initials of you or of the one to whom you want to give it. Lets start:
The materials that you will need are:
- The cardboard letters that you desire to use. I used the three initials of my father (AJW). The cardboard letters that I used are about 17cm high.
- A lamp shade of the desired colour. My lamp shade had the dimensions of 25cm wide at the bottom, 20cm wide in the top and 16cm high.
- A light source. I used 2 bicycle head lights, so that there wouldn't be a wire that made a mess.
- 3 elastic bands
- 1 key ring
Step 1: Set Up the Letters
Now is the time to think how you want to set up the frame of the lamp. Take or make your cardboard letters and then arrange them as you like it. Try the set up first before you glue the letters together. Try every kind of set up that is possible with the letters. When they are glued together you can't take them apart anymore. When you think about a set up for the letters you have to keep in mind that you should have enough space to glue them together. The set up of the letters also needs to be strong since it should be able to carry quite some weight.
Step 2: Glue the Letters Together Using Hot Glue
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Step 3: Attach the Elastic Bands to the Lamp Shade
Attach the elastic bands to the steel frame of the lamp shade. In my case there were three rods to which I easily could attach the elastic bands. Make sure that the elastic bands are attached firmly so that they won't fall off. The picture above shows the easiest and quickest way to attach the elastic bands to the lamp shade.