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How to Make an Ambient Lamp From a Cardboard Box

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The following tutorial, originally written for my language hacking blog, ChineseHacks.com, shows you how to create an ambient lamp out of a box of Taiwan beer by cutting out the Chinese characters. You could use any type of box, though, and cut out a logo or a stencilled design, creating a lamp that suits your own taste.

What you'll need for this project:

A cardboard box (free) - My choice was a Taiwan Beer box, though you could use any brand, and if you can’t source a box with Chinese characters, then there’s nothing stopping you stencilling some on
   
A craft/utility knife
(about $2US) - You’ll need a decent knife to make a clean cut around the characters
   
A lamp (about $8US) - All I could find was a work lamp and just removed the weather shield
   
Corrugated plastic sheets ($2US each) - I bought an orange and yellow sheet, both are about 4mm thick, though 2mm would also be fine
   
Adhesive - I used a glue gun, but super glue or any plastic adhesive would be fine, too
   
Time - About 3 to 5 hours, it really depends on how long you spent cutting out the characters
   
Taiwan Beer -  or the beer of your choice, for drinking when you complete the lamp
 
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lmparchman5 months ago
See, I knew someone would have done this so I could have an awesome example for my Jack Daniel box. Thank you for sharing.
vov352 years ago
It should be mentioned that this should only be done with flourescent and LED bulb types. An incandescent ("traditional") light bulb will simply get too hot and burn the cardboard box.
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