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Cube Cardboard Lamp

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There is not much to say except that this lamp is COMPLETELY made with cardboard! 

I hope I can make this instructable easy enough for all of you to try it.
I needed a lot of patience to make this lamp but the results are worth it. I can't tell you enough how rewarding it is! :)
 
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Step 1:

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Draw many little strips 5mm x 8cm (0.19 x 3.14 inches) on a thick piece of cardboard and cut them.
I can't tell exactly how many you need because it depends very much on how thick your strips are but you can make some now and some later.

To obtain the effect of this lamp, you need corrugated fiberboard.

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Take one of the strips you have just cut and spread some glue on one of the smooth parts, then put another strip on it.
Spread glue on it too and add another strip and continue this way, always leaving the wavy part on the side, until you obtain a 8x8cm (3.14 x 3.14 inches) square.
Try to be as accurate as possible for a better effect: keep the best edge down on a flat surface while you glue the pieces together. This down edge will be the outside face of the lamp, this way it will be smoother and most of the possible rough parts will be hidden inside.

I used super glue to glue the strips together.

You will need 20 squares like that one so continue to make strips until you finish to make the last square.
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schaudhari41 month ago

Beautiful piece of Art.............

lindarose92 (author)  schaudhari41 month ago

Thanks a lot! :)

bilaylee4 months ago
i am going to try it definitely....
lindarose92 (author)  bilaylee4 months ago

So happy to know that! Can you share a picture of your lamp when you are done? I would LOVE to see it!! :)

cupcake_shimi6 months ago

OMG!! i love this...im getting excited on making it!!

lindarose92 (author)  cupcake_shimi6 months ago

Aw thank you so much! Please post a picture here if you can, I'm so curious to see it :)

Sure i will! i have just started working on it!! once it finish....i'll upload pics! :) xx
lindarose92 (author)  cupcake_shimi6 months ago

I can't wait!! :) Have fun!

cupcake_shimi made it! lindarose925 months ago

im finally done with it!! its not as neat as yours....i tried my best!! :) xx

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lindarose92 (author)  cupcake_shimi5 months ago

Yaaayyyy! It looks beautiful!!! Who cares if it's not perfect, you did a really great job!! :)

thanx alot!! :) xx

Very cool! I Love it :D Will be making this sometime soon, thanks for sharing it!
lindarose92 (author)  Alex Loftie1 year ago
Thank you so much! :) Let me know how it turns out, I am curious to see it! :D
I will post it here when i finish it, keep up the cool instructables in the mean time :D
lindarose92 (author)  Alex Loftie1 year ago
I'll do my best, thank you! :D
Ges1 year ago
I like the over all effect, but I dislike the cardboard appearance, it wouldn't fit my house. I think though covering it with a thin coloured gel, or tissue paper would look awesome though, you'd have the same corrugated lighting effect on a solid colour, rather than cardboard brown. Will probably experiment.
What if you gave it an industrial look using a can of shiny silver spray paint... that might make it fit in more with your décor...
lindarose92 (author)  Ges1 year ago
My aim was actually to show that it's cardboard, but you can adjust the project as you prefer of course. I posted my idea, then anybody can create something new starting from it:) I would really like to see how your lamp turns out when you are done!
armorlord1 year ago
Here's my version of the lamp. I must say it only looks good from certain angles - where the lamp is not directly viewed.
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What if you line the inside with white (or any color) tissue or rice paper. An inexpensive fix and would take care of your problems of viewing it head on... Nice job by the way...
lindarose92 (author)  armorlord1 year ago
I believe it looks REALLY nice!! Thank you for showing it to me! :)
What's wrong with the other angles?
Notice that the picture is taken from a 45 degree angle to the cube. If I were to look directly at one of the sides, I would be able to see the light bulb inside and not be able to see the dimming affect of the cardboard.

So whenever we have guests over and I break out the lamp, I made sure to put it in such a way that only the corners can be viewed.
nmh01051 year ago
suggested to paint them color before glue them up for better daylight looking.
lindarose92 (author)  nmh01051 year ago
That's a very good idea! I wanted to keep the natural color of the cardboard but it would be nice to try to color it too :)
Beauhunt1 year ago
Very cool and creative.
lindarose92 (author)  Beauhunt1 year ago
Thank you very much!
great idea! I'll try to do it
lindarose92 (author)  Charlestark1 year ago
Thank you! Post the picture here if you do it, I am curious to see it :)
would really be cool to encase the cardboard squares in clear resin that way they wouldn't be a dust magnet and would also last a long time. for example http://www.dickblick.com/products/castincraft-clear-polyester-casting-resin/
lindarose92 (author)  thejunkmonger1 year ago
I tend to use what I already have only but that would be a great idea, thank you! :)
wow!!! great idea...:)
Congratulations!! I'm teacher in Malaga (Spain) and since I proposed my pupils (12-13 years old) your lamp, they are excited. This is Denis Contreras Hernandez lamp. He had done all by himself. Thanks for your inspiration.
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lindarose92 (author)  chuchomalaga1 year ago
Oh this is so nice!! I can't believe that it was done by a 12 year old, he did a great job! It makes me really happy, thank you for showing it to me! :)
seb_bd1 year ago
Awesome project! I did mine following your instructions.
You should precise that people should make always the same pattern for a "big square". If they don't, some strips of different squares will be lined up when you make the cube (like on my picture) and it won't be pretty! Keep up the good work :)
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lindarose92 (author)  seb_bd1 year ago
Wow, this is great! It's the first time that someone makes a project following my ideas and it's so rewarding :) Actually yours looks better than mine in some ways :D Thank you so much for showing it to me!
And you are right about the pattern, I am sorry I didn't mention that in my instructable, I am going to edit it now!
You're all welcome, it was a pleasure doing it :)
Congratulations!! We are the winners :-).
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Yaaay thank you! I am so excited about it! Congratulations to you too!! :)
me toooo :), can't wait to get my hands on those tools :)
lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Exactly! I hope they arrive soon :D I love your 'ibles by the way!
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