Introduction: Recycle Lamp-shade

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Step 1: Lamp-shade

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Find big book and cut.

Step 2: Bulb Holder

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Make bulb holder

Step 3: Mount

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mount bulb holder

Step 4: Holes

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make two holes

Step 5: Strings

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mount strings

Step 6: Bulb

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Mount bulb, max 10-15W (temperature) !!!

Step 7: Hang

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fix lamp

Step 8: Finish

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Well done. :) good luck


Cris DIY (author)2017-04-10

really nice!

Lisor (author)2016-09-24

When using someone else creative design credit should be provided or mention.

Lisor (author)2016-09-24

Lamp Book, Lumio, founder, designer, Max Gunawan, utilized this design for Shark Tank funding as well received numerous architect and design awards interesting how Max never claimed a design patent or any other patent. Did he copy original work and or plagiarize someone else work/design?

Whovian123 (author)2016-07-24

awesome but maybe not upsidown

Whovian123 (author)Whovian1232016-07-24

ment upside down

maria.gilein (author)2014-10-24

Great design and looks pretty but seems to me very dangerous, sooner or later the paper will get overheated and start to burn

RobertGoldring (author)2014-08-20

great design, it would make any bedroom look pretty.

AnooshI (author)2014-08-07

Whoa! This looks so amazing. You have indeed a creative mind and a good ability to bring ideas into reality. I have always been into altering old books. You know what, I have also found many inspiring projects in the Book of Books by Altered Upcycling They also have a website where you can sign up for free stuff.

jmhoward (author)2014-03-01

Oy, you peeps are SO funny. I love this instructable. I'll use LED or CFL.

Preval (author)2014-02-11

Super cool!

MadeItMyself (author)2013-11-19

Brilliant! I'm loving this, and I'm going to make a bunch of them for my study/library. To use books that had no merit in the first place is to give them some worthwhile function in the end.

lanzadora (author)2013-11-16

great idea !

bajenx (author)2013-05-18

Idea/question- Could you, when creating the hole for the light, simply leave the outside cover on? That way you could open and close it without there being a lamp sticking out. Besides the obvious increased risk of fire due to accidentally leaving the light on and closing the book, is there any other reason you can't do this?

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Loopstyle (author)2012-03-13

Perfect amazing work!! Thanks for sharing! You are welcome to share more of your ideas with us at


T.Rockwell (author)2011-08-11

excellent concept, nice look, recycling green planet props... i gotta make one.

But wait! what if a comet hits the power station, and there's a huge power surge!!! even your little light will surely burst into flames!!! or worse smoulder releasing undetectable toxic gasses that will make me lose my mind and just start setting stuff on fire!!!!

to all the people that keep the morons among us from blowing up the neighborhood, thank you. keep up the good work. hope you can take a little ribbing. if not, sorry. didn't mean to offend . but this guys project seems well, a little on the safe side to rate so much concern.. take care.

thequara (author)2011-06-29

Oh no! It's paper! It's just like the Hindenburg! A fireball waiting to happen! You must immediately retract this instructable and redo the project using asbestos sheets to prevent fire because nobody that reads this will have the common sense to not put a 100W bulb in it and then not leave it unattended!!! NO!!! Wait!! I didn't say use asbestos!!!! There might be people out there that will cut it up and rub their faces with it and inhale it, because not everyone knows for the last 50 years we've known that asbestos causes lung cancer!!!!!! Better yet, use sheet metal! That will NEVER cause a fire situation... unless the wireing DOES become old and frays... because these things happen... then you have... an ... electrocution ... hazard? Um... 110 volts... maybe not... BICYCLE HELMETS!!!

... cool 'able msolek.

khamed tabet (author)2011-06-07


nrapzz (author)2011-06-02

The pictures are OK but I need some instructions coz I cant understand it.

rakuspirit (author)2011-05-01

It's not a desecration of a book if you use one of those old college textbooks which has been replaced by a more modern version. As a former English teacher and book lover (I'll never be an electronic book junkie), I think it is a nice way to honor something that has served us well and is now recycled!

sreese2 (author)2011-04-15

How do you get the string to maintain this "curved" shape??

grooooovy (author)2010-08-24

This isn't what I would call "safe". There's a fire hazard you need to keep in mind while reading this instructable.

hans1 (author)grooooovy2011-04-11

if you had the time or the inclination you could paint all the sheets of paper with waterglass,which is a type of sodium silicate, this would make the paper fire proof. i've used this method to make the outsides of paper rockets..

haakon.k (author)2011-04-07

Nice idea! Something I haven't seen before to be sure. Props!

squawkamole (author)2011-03-03

I just found your instructable and I love it! Good Will Trashy Book nuf said, my grandson is 12 and he and I are going to make this, he is going to share it with his art class...thank you

Patrickx814 (author)2010-12-03

What is the best way to mount the bracket to the book? I have been thinking about running the bracket through the binding, but that still doesn't secure it in place.

DIY-Guy (author)2010-08-04

I like the look! But, destroy a book!? May I respectfully suggest using outdated printouts or utility bills instead? Fanfold them, staple in fold line, then cut out. Or don't fold, just staple one long edge before cutting the notch. Then use a fluorescent bulb (or LEDs) to minimize heat. Fireproofing hint: Borax solution is an old fashioned "fireproofing" treatment for both paper and cloth.

bd5 (author)DIY-Guy2010-08-22

Oh man, I'm SUCH a fan of book burnings. I plan on starting a cult on book burning, Mainly, no, exclusively on advanced math books. And within this cult, I'll save a special inner group devoted to Differential Equations. Destroy a book? Hell ya! Physics, Geometry, Statics and Trig books will be spared, ya, ya, whatever, call me a hypocrite.

--To the designer of this instructable. I LOVE IT! Well, except for you didn't seem to use an evil math book. But still, love it, great job!

Taranach (author)bd52010-08-22

No, no NO!!! Not the useful books! Even if *you* don't like them, they are still useful to someone else... I say go for the trashy romance novels and other tripe that is just a waste of the paper it is printed on. At least that way you get some real usage out of the materials!

porcupinemamma (author)Taranach2010-10-18

Wouldn't it be boring if we all liked the same stuff? We need your brilliance in the maths and sciences for sure, but it doesn't undue the nights of utter frustration trying to understand the concepts and dreading exams where the failure of them would possible kick us out from school that many of us fear. I had to leave university because statistics was a mandatory course, and I failed it. No stats-no degree. That was certainly a bad head trip.

bd5 (author)porcupinemamma2010-10-18

PorcupineMamma, if you like, I'll make an exception and you can burn your Statistics book in my envisioned Cult. Although, you will have to also bring some nasty(er) Math book. I'll lend you a Thermodynamics book (really great burn'n!). Oh, could you also bake some chocolate chip-chocolate cookies too?

porcupinemamma (author)bd52010-10-18

As Austin Powers likes to say, "Oh yah baby!" ;0)

8ntfrogn (author)Taranach2010-10-13

Trashey Romace are not tripe! In facrt they can help some people get a clue.

Taranach (author)8ntfrogn2010-10-13

Uh-huh.... and therein we get some of the strange unrealistic ideas that people get and try to apply these ideas to their relationships and end up failing miserably. Thank you, but no.

porcupinemamma (author)Taranach2010-10-18

well... not all of us. I've been married for 32 years, and romantic candle light dinners and summer picnics have been lots of fun, and added to the intamacy of our relationship. My husband is an engineer and I am for the most part, very artsy. I did my paramedic course to prove that I could master some basic science concepts, but it wasn't the easiest thing I've ever done. I think that the "Men are from mars, Women are from venus" concept explains how arts and sciences people can share their gifts and come up with winning results.
So.. gotta go now. My pink froo froo macrame awaits ;0) ;0) lol
Have a logical and romantic day. Peace

8ntfrogn (author)Taranach2010-10-17

I have friends who have had great success. I guess it's all in the delivery.

bd5 (author)Taranach2010-08-23

Sorry, they have to go. THIS is the word of the cult.

GitarGr8 (author)bd52010-08-27

Does your cult have cool outfits and punch? If so I've got a vector calculus book I'm willing to sacrifice upon the altar.

bd5 (author)GitarGr82010-08-28

Absolutely! We'll also have cookies. Vector Calculus is a wonderful book to burn. Some of the outfits will include sandwich board signs and DEVO hats.

feralucce (author)DIY-Guy2010-08-22

That's a journal that you can buy at a bookstore for 5 bucks

Sitnalta (author)2010-08-22

How do you make it not flammable? Even if you used LEDs, running electricity through dried paper is a huge no-no.

worldgnat (author)Sitnalta2010-08-22

Actually, I think it should be fine. According to unsubstantiated sources on the internet, the surface of a 60 watt incandescent bulb will reach about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Wikipedia says that the temperature at which book paper combusts is closer to 800 degrees Fahrenheit (not, sadly 451 degrees; that's Celsius.) As long as the electrical connections are secured to prevent sparking, I think it should be fine. But it's true that you should be careful; after all if you're using an old book, you don't know what's _on_ the pages that might have a lower temperature of combustion. I would use LED or CFL bulbs, and I wouldn't trust the lamp until it had been operating consistently for a few hours without bursting into flames. Might want to keep it on a non-flammable surface as well, just in case.

porcupinemamma (author)worldgnat2010-10-18

This is making me think about my early culinary experiences with my Easy Bake Oven that cooked a 5 course dinner under the power of a 40 watt light bulb ;0)

Sitnalta (author)worldgnat2010-08-22

But what if there's a short or the light bulb explodes? These things happen, and even if you dutiful and the electrical connections are super safe, things age. Somebody accidentally yanks on the cord, bugs get in there, who know. Then the next thing you know your house is on fire. Anyway, here's the solution:

MJTH (author)2008-08-13

Heat, Paper, Electricity Ohh this should be fun.

porcupinemamma (author)MJTH2009-06-27

I worried about that too. Bummer, it is such acool looking lamp!

DIY-Guy (author)porcupinemamma2010-10-17

Perhaps Tyvek(R) sheets or some other Oleoresin based brand? That has possibilities. And teflon sheets would be another heat resistant material. (Reference sources are needed to verify these assumptions.)

maxievr (author)2010-09-17

Very original and cool, I think I gonna make this :)
(Or not because I hate school and school-books :P)

GitarGr8 (author)2010-08-27

This is an awesome idea. I do agree that this may pose a fire hazard, however. I'll bet one could rig up a beefy piece of transparent plastic to shield the bulb from the paper. Nice ible!

wetsmellydog (author)2010-08-23

Simple way to do this would be to buy a night light and a cheap extension cord. You can buy cool LED night lights that change color. WSD

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