Introduction: Toilet Paper Roll - Lamp

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What to do with the toilet paper tubes?
Since 1879 when the [ttp:// Scott Paper] Company sells the first toilet paper on a roll, the remainig tube have been discarted.
Now you can reuse them to make this fabolus lamp.

Step 1: Materials

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32 toilet paper tubes
1 stapler
1 tape
1 scissors
1 pen
1 bulb and electric instalation.

Step 2: Mark

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Make a ruler to mark the tubes.
20 tubes must have in 6 parts.
and 12 tubes with 5 parts.

Step 3: Cut

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Cut on the lines, and open the flaps.

Step 4: Assemble

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Take one tube of 5 flaps and attach with the stapler in each flap one tube with 6 flaps.
Always is going to be like this all the 5 ones conect with 6 ones, but not all the 6 ones conect with 5 ones. REMEMBER: You have to make this little triangle in between.

Step 5: The Last 5

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Leave the last 5 tube and attach it with clips (pic 3). So you can replace the bulb.
You can make a figure as indicated in picture number 2, to avoid the direct contact with the bulb and the tube.

Step 6: Ready!

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You can cut the other side of the tubes to make it more ornamented.


JanetF1 made it! (author)2014-09-09

I attached all the 5s and 6s but then wasn't sure how to attach them all together. There was a hole at the top which I'm sure wasn't right but I used strips of card to close the hole and put the light through. It works, looks nice, was fun to make and was cheap. I sprayed it red but now I look at it again I think I should spray the inside of the petals, maybe red or another colour.

domenic3 (author)2014-09-01

cool in-expensive design!

nguyentruong17 (author)2014-07-25

That's great

mchau2 (author)2014-07-25

cant wait to see it spin...

SaveMungo (author)2009-11-11

This is a way awesome idea, but oh so flamable. What can I coat the cardboard with that would keep it from burning? Is there some fire-prood/retardant spray? Oh, well, maybe I could use LED lights. ANYWAY, I like it. Very cool and very reuseable!

lezrtst (author)SaveMungo2012-09-16

There actually is a fire retardant spray: this one is DIY or you can buy it at your local hardware emporium.

ale anton (author)2007-10-31

Yes, but as you can see on step 5, you can make a net to avoid the contact with the cardboard. Also is advisable to use a low watt bulb.

dudaott (author)ale anton2007-12-14

Another idea is to use Al Gore's lamp, I mean, compact fluorescent lamps... up to 11 watts is a good max top... And congratulations on the Instructable!

ale anton (author)dudaott2007-12-14

What is the Al Gore lamp? Thanks for the comment.

dudaott (author)ale anton2007-12-14

Didn't you see the Oprah show, when Al Gore was there? He suggested to all Americans (and the World) to replace the regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs... That's why Al Gore's lamps... By the way: haven't you watch "An inconvenient truth"? []s Dudaott

fatrickuk (author)dudaott2008-03-30

An inconvenient truth is a lie. Scientists have proven that global warming is not linked with CO2. The whole movie is just for politically uses.

SaveMungo (author)fatrickuk2009-11-11

When a scientist is paid to do work by a certain person, they can come up with the result they want. Happens all the time. One side in the trial has this conclusion from a scientist, while the other has the opposite from a different scientist. Cell phones cause brain cancer in this study; in that study, they don't. Funny, huh?

dudaott (author)SaveMungo2009-11-11

 Dear SaveMungo.

Nevertheless, it`s only required to use common sense to learn that the less energy we use, the more our life quality is improved. Not only for lowering our bills, but lowering the costs on generating and transmitting electric energy, as well as saving oil and gas bills, using more efficient insulation materials. I

t`s, as I said before, just common sense. Thank you for letting us know your opinion - it`s as good as anyone`s!

Best Regards


ale anton (author)dudaott2007-12-15

No, I havent see it. Anyway, the bulb Im using is of low consumption.

juapem (author)2008-06-20

After I do this "Take one tube of 5 flaps and attach with the stapler in each flap one tube with 6 flaps." I don´t understand what´s the next step. Thanks

canida (author)2007-10-31

Neat! I bet some shiny metallic spraypaint would increase both the light and retro-kitsch style.

ale anton (author)canida2007-10-31

thanks, and yes, maybe in other colors also can be pretty. :o)

Aar000n3y (author)2007-10-31

Can't some bulbs easily catch cardboard on fire?

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