Warm Light Zip Tie Lamp





Introduction: Warm Light Zip Tie Lamp

About: Dream. Design. Make. Share.


In this Instructable, I will show You how to build a cool zip tie warm light lamp.

I hope you enjoy it!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • A metal piece of fence.
  • Long zip ties.
  • White spray bottle.
  • A wire cutter.
  • A4 paper.
  • A compass.
  • Scissors.
  • A piece of Mdf wood.
  • Masking tape.
  • Small short zip ties.
  • White oven paper.
  • A small 220v lamp and lamp socket.
  • Electric cable and plug.

Step 2: The Lamp Design

Choose the shape of your lamp.

It could be a cone, cylinder, pyramid, sphere, etc.Try to choose a regular symmetrical shape as it will look better with the zip ties on it once it's done and it is easier to fix the zip ties to it.

I chose a cone.

To model it, I drew half a disc on the A4 paper with a hole in the middle using my XXL compass that I built in my previous Instructable, and I cut it out with a precision knife.

Then, place the model on the grill on top of some masking tape, and mark the shape, then cut it out using the wire cutter.

Finally, strap it together using the small short zip ties ( these will be removed later ) .

Step 3: The Grill and Zip Ties

Spray the grill in white, then strap the zip ties onto it in the diagonals of each square in the grill.

Try to zip them all in the same direction.

(here, I forgot to spray it before putting the zip ties, so i had to do it anyways before all the zip ties were on..)

Step 4: The Lamp Support

Measure the diameter of the cone and cut out a piece of MDF wood matching it, then drill a hole in the middle for your lamp socket and some holes on the sides to fix it on the grill.

Install the lamp and socket in it, use hot glue if necessary.

Wire the cable and plug.

Step 5: The Warm Light Effect

Here, I used some white oven paper, like the one you put under your pizza so that it doesn't stick to the tray while it is cooking in the oven.

Use the same pattern of the lamp design to draw and cut the oven paper cone.

Tape it .. After several trials here, I found out that masking tape does the job.Apparently, this type of paper doesn't stick to much really,not even super glue.

Step 6: Finishing Up

Place the oven paper cone in the fence piece , then zip tie the lamp assembly onto it.

Optional: you can connect those zip ties together (the 3rd photo) to dangle it, or simply do it using the electric cord.

Light it up end Enjoy!

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    Great use of zip ties. +1 vote

    hey @Kreat0r nice job with zip tie.... looks gr8.. will must try once... And I Vote for you yeehhhhee.....!!!!!!

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    Thank you very much Chinmay. highly appreciated :).

    Alright that's it; you get my zip tie vote! This is just beautiful.

    On an unrelated note, I love how your cat is "trying to help" as cats always do lol

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    thank you very much. I'm glad you likes this project. My 2 babies are indeed into DiY work. very curious creatures :).

    Does the lamp ever got hot? I was too afraid of doing something similar with my CFL bulb.

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    the lamp does get hot but it s not hot enough to melt the zip ties and the paper that i ised to create the wamr light effect is an oven paper that withstands high temperatures up to 250 or 300 degrees. You can use a LED lamp .those dont generate heat at all.

    This is pretty cool! I could see doing a few of these in different colored zip ties for each one for a really neat effect. Thanks! Voted!

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    Indeed,that s very creative.it would look great.Thanks for your vote :)

    Great idea!!! I am working in some similar for diffusing light

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    Thanks. let me know when your project is posted :)

    Really cool! This would also probably work with a bulb/ socket from an Ikea hanging lamp, for those who aren't familiar with assembling electrical stuff.

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    You are absolutely right :). a small mod to an Ikea lamp or a head lamp for example would turn out very beautiful.