Introduction: IKEA PS 2014 Death Star Lamp

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This project was floating around the internet for a while and I was always faszinated by the Death Star idea.

With my boyfriend moving in and the new space caused by a larger flat, the possibility was there and I took it ;)

Since I haven't found an Instructable of this project here, I thought I will give it a try for my first time.

So enjoy and I'm open for any kind of input to make things better or improve my writing.

I'm participating in the "SCI-FI" contest here on Instructables. If you like this Instructable and feel like it's a worthy winner, it would be great if you'd give me a vote. Thank you very much.

Step 1: Step 1 - Spraypaint the White Tiles

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First step ist of course - buy an IKEA PS 2014 lamp.

We decided to get the biggest one in copper/white.It is supposed to hang over the bed in our slightly Star Wars themed bedroom, so why get small ;)

I used a can of light grey spray paint from the local hardware store.Do this outside because of the fumes and the necessary ventilation.If you want to have it perfect - cover the copper insides BEFORE you spraypaint the outsides. The mist of the spray dulled the sheen a tiny bit - it doesn't bother us, but if you want it super shiny - cover it up. Or don't use spray paint and brush the light grey instead. In my case it was a matter of time and not wanting to paint them all by hand.You'll end up with an light grey ball after assembling it like the instruction tells you.

Step 2: Step 2 - Cover All Areas That Should Remain Light Grey

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We used masking tape for painting walls to cover the areas that should stay lighter. Using an x-acto knive and a cuting matt with a ruler prooved to be helpfull to have a variation in the strips. Cut some wide, some small, some long, some short. Alternate to create the pattern, the death star wasn't all the same, neither should be yours.

We created a stencil of the round weapon on a piece of paper first and traced that onto the Lamp with a pencil.

I'm adding the scanned template of the laser in 3 versions. We did it by hand so it was a bit hard to scan that, but maybe somebody can use this as a template. It fits on a sheet of A4 paper and is meant for the 52 cm diameter version - for the smaller ones you'll need to size it down a bit.

This step took a good bit of patience but it's worth to take your time and go wild on details.

Step 3: Step 3 - Paint With Darker Grey

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Once you're satisfied with the look of your pattern, you can paint a darker shade of paint over the whole ball.

We decided that black was to dark and sharp as a contrast, so we mixed a darker grey colour. The paint is a mix of acrylic paint and a chalk paint, to give it a not so glossy finish. We found this paint in the hardware store.

Paint the ball completely or work in segments - it all depends on your taste. We peeled the masking tape not long after painting. Make sure to press the tape very well down before you paint, avoiding blotches and noses doing so. But even if you have some slight uneven lines - the end result will be great, because the Death star has so many little bits and dots, it will look like you wanted it this way ;)

The round weapon was painted by hand with a fine brush.

Step 4: Step 4 - Assemble and Be Happy

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hang it on your ceiling as instructed - you will need a hook for that - and enjoy your Death Star lamp - it's awsome!


ggff740 (author)2017-03-28

How did you prevent the death star weapon from being colored dark grey?

MariaK64 (author)ggff7402017-06-07

we created a paper template - the one that is downloadable in the Instructable - and used that for the painting

JonasY1 (author)2017-06-02

Hallo :)

Ich habe ihre coole Star Wars Lampe gesehen und war von ihrem Look echt beeindruckt!

Ich arbeite für die Filmmarken moviepilot und FILMSTARTS und wir haben uns gefragt, ob es denn möglich wäre, so einen Todesstern als Video bei uns zu produzieren bzw. einen Live-Stream zu machen.

Wären Sie denn für eine solche Idee offen?

Liebe Grüße


MariaK64 (author)JonasY12017-06-02

Du hast eine Nachricht bei Facebook ;)

kylegilbert (author)2017-02-04

Wow! This is super cool!

StephenA120 (author)2017-02-03

Prefer the one i made last year myself. I think this onrs way to dark.

Surajit Majumdar (author)2017-01-21

you really deserve the grand prize. it looks amazing :)

Thank you so much. We'll wait and see ;)

KalinaI1 (author)2016-12-30

This is an amazing idea. You should upload this to IKEA Hackers, the community there will really appreciate it. :)

Genius_Nik (author)2016-12-25

Great job, the lamp looks fantastic!! :)

Eh Lie Us! made it! (author)2016-12-20

Nice one! I did the same thing last year. Masking was the biggest step. I drilled and sanded all the pieces to give it the city-lights effect. It was a gift for my daughter because she's the best daughter that anyone could ask for on either side of the galaxy.

MariaK64 (author)Eh Lie Us!2016-12-21

yours looks very cool too. I like the drilled holes for the city optic - but I have to protest - mine is the best daughter on this side of the galaxy ;)

Eh Lie Us! (author)MariaK642016-12-21

We must have the same daughter. :)

bethmwl (author)2016-12-20

Loved it at first sight. Voted

MariaK64 (author)bethmwl2016-12-21

Thank you so much.

super_me (author)2016-12-19

wow...its a great idea, might try it

MariaK64 (author)super_me2016-12-20

Thank you so much, have fun trying it, it's not that hard

super_me (author)MariaK642016-12-21

it's more or less just modding the original lamp isn't it?

MariaK64 (author)super_me2016-12-21

it is, that's why the name of the original product is in the headline

Elvis2075 (author)2016-12-20


NathanSellers (author)2016-12-20

Such a cool Lamp! Great use of the IKEA.

bpark1000 (author)2016-12-20

Way to avoid paint run-under of masking; after applying masking, apply light coat of first color and allow to dry. This will run under and seal masking. Then paint with second color.

MariaK64 (author)bpark10002016-12-20

You're right and that's what I normally do when I paint walls, but the colour was sprayed and as I said that dulled the insides a bit, so we didn't do that a second time. As I mentioned the underrunning wasn't that critical because the surface of the death star isn't even. But thanks for your input, maybe somebody who is inspired by this instructable will do it this way.

BillDauterive (author)2016-12-20

It looks great as death star, but the lamp (dare I say) would make an even better interrogation droid (with a couple of addons:

That droid is what came to mind when I saw the lamp in IKEA.

But yours (and the motorised opening one) are brilliant.

MariaK64 (author)BillDauterive2016-12-20

Thank you and you're right - the droid would've been a good fit, too. But I loved the idea of an "imploding" death star - that's why we used the copper inner one.

I'm pretty sure that won't be our last Star Wars project ;)

ddj0195 (author)2016-12-20

Pretty nice. Our grandson is a Star Wars fan. We could do this, but where do you get the template to know wherethe light gray lines should be? Was it in the Instructable and I just missed it?

MariaK64 (author)ddj01952016-12-20

Thank you.

there is no real template. We looked at pictures of the Death Star and there are some key elements - the round weapon, the trench around the middle - that just have to be there and the rest was positioning as we liked it and thought it looked good. As I said - alternating in size and wideness so no tile looks the same.

DIY Micah (author)2016-12-20

Well done! Great 'ible, well written with great photos, easy to follow steps, and awesome subject material! Congrats on being featured and for posting your first 'ible. Welcome to the dark side, we have cookies.

MariaK64 (author)DIY Micah2016-12-20

you had me at cookies ;)

thanks, I was very surprised that I was featured but I love it (of course)

phettsack (author)2016-12-20

Look at this enhancement:

This painting combined with the motor is awesome!

ClintC15 (author)phettsack2016-12-20

Dude, you can totally make the Death Star blow up! (George Lucas added CGI sold seperately, and probably not wanted)

MariaK64 (author)phettsack2016-12-20

that'll be step 2 in the process ;)
I've seen it before and it's pretty cool - would be awesome together, I agree

MariaK64 (author)MariaK642016-12-20

and there's even a remote controlled version here on Instructables -

Kitten84 (author)2016-12-20

Wow that's awesome detail!

zposner (author)2016-12-19

Anazibg use of an ikea lamp

MariaK64 (author)zposner2016-12-20

Thank you so much.

zposner (author)zposner2016-12-19


johnaobrien (author)2016-12-20

Excellent job. Very nice work.

MariaK64 (author)johnaobrien2016-12-20

Thank you so much.

YlonaM (author)2016-12-20

Me and my boyfriend wanted to buy this lamp for our gaming room because it looked so much like the Death Star. Now we are definitely going to buy it and follow your instructable to match the Death Star even more!

Your instructable is so epic!

MariaK64 (author)YlonaM2016-12-20

thank you so much! And have fun building it, it looks so cool once it's done.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-12-19

That is so epic! And when you open it, the Death Star explodes. I love it!

Thank you so much. and yes - that's what it looks like and the copper inner makes it even more look like an explosion.

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