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I saw this Lamp that was made out of wooden sticks and mini light bulbs and thought, I can make that, and make it cheaper and better.  The cost of the one in the store was over $200 dollars.  So I took some pictures of it and got some ideas.

Overall, it is inexpensive (around $35 dollars) and easy to make, just a little time consuming.  Also, the one in the store was made with small incadecent lights and I wanted to make it a little brighter and energy efficient, so I made it with LEDs instead.

If you have any questions, or if something is not quite clear enough please let me know and I will assist you the best I can!
 

 
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Step 1: Parts and Tools Needed

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Here is a list of parts and where to get them:

Black Bamboo Bundle - 1 bundle (10 sticks--you can use whatever kind of sticks that you want)
     -Bought at Micheals, $9.99

Dark Brown Floral Stem Wrap Tape - 1 roll
     -Bought at Micheals, $1.99

Pure White LED's - 25 LEDs
     -Bought off of E-bay in a bulk purchase of 500

470 Ohm 1/4 watt Resistors - 25 Resistors
     -Came free with the LED's from E-bay

12 Volt Power Supply - 1   (just what I had, so if you use a different volltage then just adjust your Resistors appropriately)
     -Left overs from a earlier project

Roll of Floral wire - 1 roll
     -Bought from Micheals, $1.49

Hot Glue Sticks - 5 sticks
     -Bought from Micheals,  $1.99

Wire Red - Roll
     -Bought at Fry's Electronics, $3.99 roll (carried at any store with electronic parts)

Wire Black - Roll
     -Bought at Fry's Electronics, $3.99 roll (carried at any store with electronic parts)

Shrink wrap
     -Bought at Fry's Electronics, $.99 (carried at any store with electronic parts)

Tools Needed:

*Wire cutters

*Soldering Iron

*Lighter (for the shrink wrap)

*Hot glue gun

*Helping Hand
(nice but not necessary)

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Gorgeous! I'm doing a version of this and I have a question. I have lamp wire laying around, and since I only wanted to use one LED I wanted to know, is one LED and one resistor wrapped to the lamp wire a thing/ would it work?

imbigman1 year ago
Beautifully done. I imagine that you realy don't need branches though, since you are just covering them up anyway. Maybe soder up some scrape copper, or the like, to look like a tree branch. Allthough branches would be a lot easer to work with. I have flower pedel molds, I think i'll try putting LEDs in them and see how they look. I know it's been a couple of years since you post this instructable, However thank you you doing so.
lineofbirds2 years ago
Wonderful project can't wait to do this!
tony1123 years ago
using the "HOT GLUE" gun doesn't hurt the LED??.... I would have though, that the glue would have damaged the chip inside the LED.. any problems of it burning out later?... please advise. thanks!
seligtobiason (author)  tony1123 years ago
I have used this technique many times and have not had any problems. The LED's themselves really don't produce heat, so the glue is not keeping the LEDs or the chips hot. So really it is just glue on plastic with some light shinning through. I am sure it would be an issue with some of the 3W+ LEDs, but haven't had any problems with these lower powered LEDs.
Psychotics3 years ago
I started building this project and picked up the same Micheal's floral tape you did. The tape is so sticky it leaves thick residue over my finger tips, and I can't lay the branches down for even a second as I'm afraid it'll pick up debris. Was your tape this sticky too?
seligtobiason (author)  Psychotics3 years ago
The tape is really sticky, and I would be careful not to set them down on anything hairy. But by the time I was done wrapping the branches and working with them I had touched the branches so much I think the oils from my hands took down the stickiness. I am not sure if that was exactly it, but the tape seemed to lose the stickiness on the out side, but never lost it on the inside.

I would just be careful where you set the branches down until you have it all put together, hope that helps!
Polilla3 years ago
I saw a similar lamp at a restaurant, I loved it and I wanted one. Now I can do it :) Thanks for sharing.
zthralls3 years ago
Thanks for the inspiration! check out my take on it.
thanks
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seligtobiason (author)  zthralls3 years ago
That looks great! Nice job, I am glad that this instructable inspired you, and thank you for sharing your picture.
super like!
Platt3r3 years ago
Hey, this Instructable is awesome. I'm gonna start gathering parts, but what size LED's are you using?
seligtobiason (author)  Platt3r3 years ago
I used 5mm LED's, but you really can use any size, it all depends on how big you want the blossoms. Let me know if you need anymore help!
Hey, so for a different project I tried putting hot glue on my LEDs and when I connected them to a circuit they all broke. The only thing I can think that would cause that is the heat messing up the LED innards. Was that an issue for you?
vez87 Platt3r3 years ago
Are you sure you used the correct power supply and resistors? As too much voltage will fry an led indefinately. The Hot glue shouldn'd affect it as the innards are coated in the hard plastic that makes the diode.
Platt3r vez873 years ago
I actually didn't use resistors, but only had a 3V power source. LED's that weren't hot glued worked and still work fine, but the hot glues ones are all fried. Hrm.....
deuce443 years ago
Really cool! Do you think this is feasible to do on a custom xmas tree?
seligtobiason (author)  deuce443 years ago
Absolutely, it was just take some serious time to do that, but it would be an amazing final product! If you end up making it please let me know how it worked out, and post some pictures too!! Good luck!
The House3 years ago
I am absolutely going to do this when I get a chance. It is sooo cool. Great job! Vote the ef up!
jnifrwebb3 years ago
This looks beautiful. I am going to give it a try, but I may try to use some Christmas lights instead. I'm not sure it will look as nice as your's though.
vishalapr3 years ago
good
sidthesquid3 years ago
This is beautiful. Will work great indoors or out & in any season. I think I have to have it! Very creative.
Criket3 years ago
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seligtobiason (author)  Criket3 years ago
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nice work m8...bravoo :-bd
dmb3213 years ago
I saw something like it in colorado and it was about 100$ thank you for the how to!
seligtobiason (author)  dmb3213 years ago
Your welcome, and good luck making it!
jtmjr3 years ago
nice i really like how this looks got my vote
I built that cake next to yours keep me in mind when u vote :)
seligtobiason (author)  jtmjr3 years ago
Thank you, it adds a nice glow to the room! I do like your cake too, very clever idea! I appreciate your vote and I will vote for yours also, good luck!
jeff-o3 years ago
Actually, I rather like the "temporary" vase you used. I'd keep it as-is.
seligtobiason (author)  jeff-o3 years ago
Thanks! Yeah it is growing on me, it makes it have a little more beachy feel.
lainey244 years ago
Hi, I love this design. I have an LED question for you, though. We would like to replace our CFL bulbs because of the mercury content. We are wondering if one can purchase 9W LED bulbs that actually fit into regular lamps?
jeff-o lainey243 years ago
You sure can. Check out the selection at Dealextreme. Much less expensive there, than at a local store.
Usually at the end of each CFL's life , the mercury is collected as sputter at either end of the bulb , along with the burnt phosphor .
It's not alot , really .
Not enough to really kill anyone .
Phillips makes the only good LED socket lamps at the moment, and while they don't have mercury they do have lead and are prone to over heating. A side note the mercury in your CFL's is less then whats in most thermostats; the most eco-friendly thing you could do is just hold on till your CFL's burn out and then replace them with LEDs. And DO NOT toss your CFL's in the trash, check with your local waste management for how to depose of house hold hazardous waste and let them deal with the recycling that needs to take place.

also awesome project... must do this one of these days.
t4tawah3 years ago
WOW YOUR SOOOOO TALENTED WISH YOU WERE MY BROTHER!!! OHHH YOU ARE!!!! WHEN DO I GET ONE!!!
Greatest house warming gift EVER!!!
By the way:

Give me a ringle if you are single.
If we mingle, I'll make you tingle.
I'll give you two thumbs up and a fingle,
If you really are single.
e46socal4 years ago
Cool project. How long did it take to make? Lola_girl your coming on a little strong. You want to play hard to get a little.
rcisneros4 years ago
Damn. Now I have another project. :)
Nice job.
Lola_Girl4 years ago
I really like this idea! It's very well thought out! Great job!
PS- you look really hot, too =) If you're single, give me a ringle!
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