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Plastic Bag Lamp

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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.

 
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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!

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hunter99924 days ago

Wow, the simplicity of this amazes me, yet it is so clever. Awesome job Linda :D!

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 :-)

lindarose92 (author)  hunter99923 days ago

Thank you so much! Are you going to enter the K'nex contest? :)

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.

I'll reply to your PM's asap! :D

lindarose92 (author)  hunter99915 days ago

So sorry to hear about your thumb :( I hope it goes back to normal soon!

rainerfabio20 days ago

Very beautiful, fantastic!! congratulations!!

lindarose92 (author)  rainerfabio20 days ago

Thank you so much!!

ahjack4622 days ago

it's a superb idea !

lindarose92 (author)  ahjack4622 days ago

Oh thank you! :)

ahjack4622 days ago

it's a superb idea !

awesome! great job, excellent idea!

lindarose92 (author)  thesnowtheriver23 days ago

Thank you very much!! :)

faisalt30524 days ago
good100%
lindarose92 (author)  faisalt30523 days ago

Thanks!

Oh, love it! where did you get the LED light bulb?
lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput28 days ago

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! :)

ps: still looking forward to seeing your lamp ;)

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 ; )

lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput27 days ago

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

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

Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing your talent :)
lindarose92 (author)  summerinhawaii25 days ago

My pleasure :) Thank you!!

sunshiine28 days ago

Wow this looks awesome. I will come back when the vote button is up there! Thanks so much for sharing Linda.

sunshiine

lindarose92 (author)  sunshiine28 days ago

You are so kind sunshiine, thank you so much! It means a lot :)

Had to come back and give you 3 cheers:) My son loved your lamp. Keeping fingers crossed for you.

lindarose92 (author)  sunshiine28 days ago

I can never thank you enough sunshiine! You are a great maker and a even greater person :)
Your instructables got my votes as well!

Have a beautiful day!

Gee thanks Linda! I always appreciate your support. Have a super special weekend.

sunshiine

Awesome :)

lindarose92 (author)  Passion Make26 days ago

Thanks! :)

DIY-Guy27 days ago

It's beautiful!
What about dusting?
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.
Any ideas to deal with these issues?

lindarose92 (author)  DIY-Guy27 days ago

Thank you!

Honestly I don't know about that, maybe you could use thicker bags and see what happens.
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.

To eliminate dust you can simply blow air on it, even using a compressor.

Ericsgirl27 days ago

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!!! <'~'>

lindarose92 (author)  Ericsgirl27 days ago

Aaaw thank you so much for your kind words, I'm so glad you like it!! :)

This is the cutest lamp ever! LOVE it :)

lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz27 days ago

Oh thank you so much Muhaiminah!! :)

I could not agree more with what Shazni mentioned :). How? Awesome lamp my dear friend.

lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya28 days ago

Thank you Tarun Ji!! If it wasn't for you I didn't even publish it :)

Oh Linda Ji, you are super humble :)

I love this! I looks like a pretty, fluffy tutu!

Thank you!! :) That is exactly what I thought when I first made the other lamp (they are very similar)...take a look at its name: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tutu-Lamp/

:D

Somehow I had missed that! super cute!

bricobart28 days ago

I love when creativity blows me literally away. It's the case. I'm on the ground again, fifty meters from my screen with your project on it, posting this comment shouting to my pc with the VoiceWriter app. It looks like a giant cheeseburger, and that thought makes it even more delicious. I'm a fan! ;)

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