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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.

Step 1: Make the base

Picture of 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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Hasan Tito4 months ago

Nice work, I really appreciate your skills..keep going in Linda, with all best wishes.!

lindarose92 (author)  Hasan Tito4 months ago

Thank you so much, it means a lot! :)

domenic31 year ago

very innovative

lindarose92 (author)  domenic31 year ago

Thanks a lot!

hunter9991 year 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)  hunter9991 year 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)  hunter9991 year ago

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

Haha, it's much better now! Just finished my large entry for the contest, but this new editor is being a pain aha :-)

lindarose92 (author)  hunter9991 year ago

haha I had the same feeling about it at first, but I'm getting used to it now :D

Have you already published the project?

Nope, not yet! But I'll give you a small preview (this will also tell me if I've done a good job)

Can you guess what it is below? :-)

lindarose92 (author)  hunter9991 year ago

I can't believe that! :O Does it really work???

Yup yup!!! 'Ible in less than 48 hours :-) Can you guess what it is? :D

lindarose92 (author)  hunter9991 year ago

It looks like a food mixer to me :)

Bingo!! Yay, now that confirms that I got the shape right! Thanks so much Linda.

And, yes it is fully functional with 2 motors :D

Vid is up soon!

(You just made my day haha).

lindarose92 (author)  hunter9991 year ago

haha you really got it right, I can't wait to see the ible and find out how you made it!

Very beautiful, fantastic!! congratulations!!

lindarose92 (author)  rainerfabio1 year ago

Thank you so much!!

ahjack461 year ago

it's a superb idea !

lindarose92 (author)  ahjack461 year ago

Oh thank you! :)

ahjack461 year ago

it's a superb idea !

awesome! great job, excellent idea!

lindarose92 (author)  thesnowtheriver1 year ago

Thank you very much!! :)

faisalt3051 year ago
lindarose92 (author)  faisalt3051 year ago


Oh, love it! where did you get the LED light bulb?
lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year 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)  emilyvanleemput1 year 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)  summerinhawaii1 year ago

My pleasure :) Thank you!!

sunshiine1 year ago

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


lindarose92 (author)  sunshiine1 year 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)  sunshiine1 year 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.


Awesome :)

lindarose92 (author)  Passion Make1 year ago

Thanks! :)

DIY-Guy1 year 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?

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