Introduction: Cube Cardboard Lamp

Picture of Cube Cardboard Lamp

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! :)

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.

Step 2:

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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.

Step 3:

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Now take 4 squares and glue the thin sides with each other using hot glue to create a bigger square:
2 squares on the top and 2 squares on the bottom. Reverse them so that the ones that "touch" each other are positioned on the other way and create a different effect, as you can see in the picture.

Do the same with all the other squares until you have 5 big squares.
Make sure that you always make the same pattern for all of them, this way the result of the lamp will be better. In case you don't, you can use the other side of the square when you glue the lampshade together.

Step 4:

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Take 2 of your big squares.
Put some hot glue on one thin side of a square and position the side of the other square on it, creating a right angle.
You have to create a cube and your big squares are the sides of it, so glue another square to the second one just like you did with the first 2, always creating a right angle. 
Add the fourth square gluing one side to the first square and the opposite side to the third square.

I know this probably sounds like a mess but look at the pictures, it should be clearer that way! :)

Now you have 4 sides so glue another square to the top to "close" the cube.
The bottom is still free but we will need that space for the lightbulb.

Put all this aside for a while now.

Step 5:

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Take another piece of cardboard and draw then cut the scheme that you can see in picture A: there are 2 big squares 17x17 cm (6.69 x 6.69 inches) and 4 rectangles with 4 little squares around the first one. These are 2x2 cm (0.78 x 0.78 inches). The rectangles are 2x17 cm (0.78 x 6.69 inches). 
The whole length is 38cm (14.96 inches).

This will be the box that contains the lamp holder, so now you have to bend it and cut some parts of it (picture B): the red lines are the ones that you have to cut and the green lines are the ones that you have to bend.

Now glue the little squares with the rectangles as you can see in the pictures. The box is done!

Step 6:

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Cut a little piece of fabric about 8x2cm (3.14 x 0.78 inches) and glue one of the short sides of it to the inside of the box, as you can see in the picture.
Take a piece of velcro and glue it to the other side of the fabric.
Close the box and glue the other side of the velcro to the opening side of the box. This way you will be able to open and close the box.

Remember that this will be the bottom of the box/lamp.

Cut 4 little circles from cardboard with a diameter of about 2cm (0.78 inches) and glue them on the 4 angles.
These will be your lamp's "feet".

Step 7:

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Get a lamp holder and trace the outline of it in the middle of the top of the box, then cut it out. You will need this hole for the lamp holder.
You also need another smaller hole in one of the thin sides of the box, for the cable to pass through.

Step 8:

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Cut 2 little squares from cardboard 2x2cm (0.78 x 0.78 inches) then cut a diagonal to obtain 4 little triangles.
Glue these triangles on the top of the box, at about 5mm (0.19 inches) from the angles as you can see in the pictures.
Now you can finally put the cube structure you made previously on the box and these triangles will keep it still.

I recommend using LEDs or at least an energy saving bulb because regular light bulbs get too hot and might burn the lamp. Remember that it's made with cardboard so be careful! If you use LEDs there won't be any problem.

All you have to do now is connecting the cable and trying it! 
What do you think? :)


AHMTAH made it! (author)2017-02-10

Here is my version of the lamp.

lindarose92 (author)AHMTAH2017-05-10

Sorry I'm so late, your version is very interesting, great job!! :)

Cris DIY (author)2017-03-28

great job! :)

lindarose92 (author)Cris DIY2017-05-10

Thank you! :)

marikikisd (author)2016-01-05


freddyngl (author)2015-10-20

wow that's great :D

CJLullham (author)2015-05-28

Wow, you need so much patience for this project. It looks quite nice and simple, though. May try it soon.

gravityisweak (author)2015-05-22

This looks so awesome! I think a laser cutter would make short work of a project like this. If only I could get my hands on one.

Orngrimm (author)2015-05-22

nice! simple yet elegant! like it :)

shaman5188 (author)2015-05-22

That idea is so fresh It should be shrink wrapped.
Good job bro

Donaldlay (author)2015-05-22

I can't make strips

yavr (author)2015-05-22

very original idea, I will definitely try it. wish to see more from you.

AnnaliseR (author)2014-11-13

How do you make it not flammable???

lindarose92 (author)AnnaliseR2014-11-13

You simply have to use a LED light bulb, like I recommended on the instructions. LED bulbs don't get hot so they won't burn the cardboard.

schaudhari4 (author)2014-07-01

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

lindarose92 (author)schaudhari42014-07-02

Thanks a lot! :)

bilaylee (author)2014-03-08

i am going to try it definitely....

lindarose92 (author)bilaylee2014-03-10

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

cupcake_shimi (author)2014-01-29

OMG!! i love getting excited on making it!!

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

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

cupcake_shimi made it! (author)lindarose922014-02-05

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

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

thanx alot!! :) xx

Alex Loftie (author)2013-07-05

Very cool! I Love it :D Will be making this sometime soon, thanks for sharing it!

lindarose92 (author)Alex Loftie2013-07-05

Thank you so much! :) Let me know how it turns out, I am curious to see it! :D

Alex Loftie (author)lindarose922013-07-05

I will post it here when i finish it, keep up the cool instructables in the mean time :D

lindarose92 (author)Alex Loftie2013-07-05

I'll do my best, thank you! :D

Ges (author)2013-03-03

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.

marshaecleveland (author)Ges2013-07-05

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)Ges2013-03-03

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!

armorlord (author)2013-05-11

Here's my version of the lamp. I must say it only looks good from certain angles - where the lamp is not directly viewed.

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)armorlord2013-05-12

I believe it looks REALLY nice!! Thank you for showing it to me! :)
What's wrong with the other angles?

armorlord (author)lindarose922013-05-12

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.

nmh0105 (author)2013-06-01

suggested to paint them color before glue them up for better daylight looking.

lindarose92 (author)nmh01052013-06-01

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 :)

Beauhunt (author)2013-05-01

Very cool and creative.

lindarose92 (author)Beauhunt2013-05-01

Thank you very much!

lindarose92 (author)2013-05-01

Thank you! Post the picture here if you do it, I am curious to see it :)

thejunkmonger (author)2013-04-28

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

I tend to use what I already have only but that would be a great idea, thank you! :)

wow!!! great idea...:)

chuchomalaga (author)2013-04-22

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.

lindarose92 (author)chuchomalaga2013-04-22

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_bd (author)2013-03-30

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 :)

lindarose92 (author)seb_bd2013-03-30

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!

seb_bd (author)lindarose922013-03-30

You're all welcome, it was a pleasure doing it :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-03-19

Congratulations!! We are the winners :-).

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