Introduction: DIY UFO Lamp

About: I'm a 14 year old boy from India. I love making things and am an avid reader. I make instructables for you all to learn something new and useful!

This is a UFO lamp which uses simple household items!

It takes only 10-15 minutes to make and serves as a showpiece, a nightlight as well as a normal lamp!

So, what are you waiting for! Let's get started!

Step 1: Materials

All you need is :

A small torch or a superbright led (with a battery)

A tall plastic glass (I stuck 2 of them back to back)

2 paper/plastic plates

A marker




Optional :

Clay (for decorations)

That's it!

Step 2: Fitting the Torch

Trace around the torch with a marker. Then cut out the hole. The torch should fit snug in there.

The torch I used had 6 leds in it making it really bright.

You can also use a suprbright led connected to battery.

Step 3: Painting and Decorating

Now it's time to paint!

I mixed white and black acrylic paint to make a gray tone.

You can also spray paint it in silver, reducing the effort. After it dried, I used the marker and made some simple decorations on it. You can decorate it in any way you want.

Step 4: Assembling the Lamp

I used Hefty's interlocking plates, which snapped shut together when pressed against each other. You can also glue the plates together. The reason I used these plates was because I could easily replace the battery of the torch if it died out.

Next, I took the glass and lined the edge with glue.

Then, I put the UFO on top and left it to dry.

I also I added some simple decorations.

I cut out a circle of cardboard and took a Lego minifigure (sorry Robin :P) and stuck him on the cardboard.

You can also make a clay animal, add some grass and make other crazy sorts of decorations.

Step 5: Finished!

All you have to do is turn on the light, and you're done!

Clearly, Robin was shocked because he was going to be abducted by a UFO :P

If you liked this instructable, favourite and any suggestions in the comments will be welcome :)



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    14 Discussions

    Excellent! I love this! I think I'll try my hand at making a 3D printed version.

    Nice! I love the effect that this lamp gives and I also love how simple it is to build. This is one of those things that makes me wonder: why didn't I think of this?!

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    Hahaha! It's actually not my original idea either. I saw a website selling these stuff online. So I figured, why pay so much when you can make using household items! Thanks for the comment!

    This is great! You created a superb effect by using just regular household items.

    I think what it makes so wonderful is the fact that you still can recognize the original materials but at the same time they form a perfect illusion.

    I love the nifty simplicity!

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    Awesome! Going to do this with my nephews when they come spend the night. Great idea. Thanks.

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    Love this build - simple,clever but effective - really shows that all instructables do no need to be high tech projects to still be great.

    Good job.

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    Thank you very much! The reason I made it this way, is because I have very limited resources (like most of you all). You could also buy one, but whats the fun in that?

    Very clever! It also looks easy enough for a youngster to make. You might add a clear thread or fishing line from the center of the light to your figure and raise it up in the air a bit. That way, from a short distance away, it will look like the abduction has begun.

    Thanks! I also feel bad for him :'(