Some of you may remember the plastic bag lampshade I made last year.
This new lamp is very similar to that lampshade, and it's mostly an experiment I did to try a different structure that came up to my mind. I didn't like the paper mache structure I made for the previous one and I believe that this new version is actually better and faster to make.

I would love to see a taller version of this lamp, I think the effect would be amazing. I can't do it at the moment, but if you do, please share a photo, I would love to see it! :)

I always looked at this lamp as an experiment so I didn't expect much from it, but I really hope that some of you can find it useful and it inspires you to create your own upcycled lamp :)

Materials & Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • plastic bags - I'd say at least 3 or 4 big ones
  • 12 wooden skewers
  • white glue
  • bulb holder and LED light bulb*
  • cutter
  • compass
  • long needle
  • ruler and pencil

*the LED light bulb is very important because it won't burn the cardboard.

Step 1: Make the Base

Draw a disc on a piece of cardboard with a diameter of about 18cm (7 inches).

Cut the disc (I did it by hand using a cutter) and divide it in 12 equal sections drawing lines with a pencil.

Measure 5mm (0.19 inches) from the border of the disc and make a sign on each line.
Make a hole where the signs are, using a long needle.

Draw the outline of your bulb holder in the middle of the disc and cut it out to obtain a hole.
You'll insert the bulb holder through that hole when the lamp will be done.

The base is done!

<p>Oh, I at first thought you'd simply opened the bags up into a cylinder (cut the bottom open, took off the handles), and wrinkled them around the skewers, stacking them atop one another till covered. I guess an alternative is to double over a wider length of the plastic, and gather it while also poking through it with the skewers - like making ruffles.</p>
<p>Love this one ,<br>I can use this technique to smash with my glow circuit :)<br>Freaking awesome</p>
<p>Nice work, I really appreciate your skills..keep going in Linda, with all best wishes.!</p>
<p>Thank you so much, it means a lot! :)</p>
<p>very innovative</p>
<p>Thanks a lot! </p>
<p>Wow, the simplicity of this amazes me, yet it is so clever. Awesome job Linda :D! </p><p>Sorry for my absence, been watching the world cup! Too bad Italy and England never made it out of the groups :-(. England didn't surprise me anyways, hehe :-)</p>
<p>Thank you so much! Are you going to enter the K'nex contest? :)</p>
<p>Yup, it's what I specialise in :-). Too bad I broke my thumb yesterday :-( So some of my entries will be delayed. It's good to be commenting again.</p><p>I'll reply to your PM's asap! :D</p>
<p>So sorry to hear about your thumb :( I hope it goes back to normal soon!</p>
<p>Haha, it's much better now! Just finished my large entry for the contest, but this new editor is being a pain aha :-)</p>
<p>haha I had the same feeling about it at first, but I'm getting used to it now :D</p><p>Have you already published the project?</p>
<p>Nope, not yet! But I'll give you a small preview (this will also tell me if I've done a good job)</p><p>Can you guess what it is below? :-)</p>
<p>I can't believe that! :O Does it really work???</p>
<p>Yup yup!!! 'Ible in less than 48 hours :-) Can you guess what it is? :D</p>
<p>It looks like a food mixer to me :)</p>
<p>Bingo!! Yay, now that confirms that I got the shape right! Thanks so much Linda.</p><p>And, yes it is fully functional with 2 motors :D</p><p>Vid is up soon!</p><p>(You just made my day haha).</p>
<p>haha you really got it right, I can't wait to see the ible and find out how you made it!</p>
<p>Very beautiful, fantastic!! congratulations!!</p>
<p>Thank you so much!! </p>
<p>it's a superb idea !</p>
<p>Oh thank you! :)</p>
<p>it's a superb idea !</p>
<p>awesome! great job, excellent idea!</p>
<p>Thank you very much!! :)</p>
Oh, love it! where did you get the LED light bulb?
<p>Thank you Emily!! The LED light bulb can be found in regular hobby stores or wherever light bulbs are sold. At least, that's how it is here...if you can't find them where you are, I'm sure you can get them on Amazon as well! :)</p><p>ps: still looking forward to seeing your lamp ;)</p>
<p>I'm still looking forward to seeing it as well ; ). The parts are almost finished now and then I need to figure out how to light it, since I'm kind of making it up as I go ; )</p>
<p>Yay! I can totally understand that, I kind of had that problem when I made my first lampshade...but believe me, that will the best part!! :D</p>
<p>Haha, well, it obviously turned out great :D Hoping to add some more parts to that draft this evening and then I might just be able to finish it tomorrow :D :D </p>
Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing your talent :)
<p>My pleasure :) Thank you!!</p>
<p>Wow this looks awesome. I will come back when the vote button is up there! Thanks so much for sharing Linda. </p><p>sunshiine </p>
<p>You are so kind sunshiine, thank you so much! It means a lot :)</p>
<p>Had to come back and give you 3 cheers:) My son loved your lamp. Keeping fingers crossed for you.</p>
<p>I can never thank you enough sunshiine! You are a great maker and a even greater person :)<br>Your instructables got my votes as well!</p><p>Have a beautiful day!</p>
<p>Gee thanks Linda! I always appreciate your support. Have a super special weekend.</p><p>sunshiine </p>
<p>Awesome :)</p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
<p>It's beautiful!<br>What about dusting?<br>What about brittleness over time? Grocery bags fall apart fairly quickly even when stored out of direct sunlight but exposed to reflected light entering from windows.<br>Any ideas to deal with these issues?</p>
<p>Thank you!</p><p>Honestly I don't know about that, maybe you could use thicker bags and see what happens.<br>All I can tell you for sure is that I have had the Tutu lampshade up since last year, and it's still like that. I haven't had any of the problems you mentioned yet.</p><p>To eliminate dust you can simply blow air on it, even using a compressor.</p>
<p>Oh my goodness, is this ever gorgeous! Absolutely precious; and I do understand how you believe a large version would be amazing! I am just blown away, I shall bow down to you!!! &lt;'~'&gt;</p>
<p>Aaaw thank you so much for your kind words, I'm so glad you like it!! :)</p>
<p>This is the cutest lamp ever! LOVE it :)</p>
<p>Oh thank you so much Muhaiminah!! :)</p>
<p>I could not agree more with what Shazni mentioned :). How? Awesome lamp my dear friend.</p>
<p>Thank you Tarun Ji!! If it wasn't for you I didn't even publish it :)</p>
<p>Oh Linda Ji, you are super humble :)</p>

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