Introduction: How to Make a Cardboard Desk Lamp
We are going to create a unique desk lamp using household items.
Step 1: Gather Tools
For this project we will need:
- A ruler or tape measurer
- A straight edge
- Sharpie Marker
- A glue gun
- Cardboard with at least 25" in length and 15" in width
- A light fixture
Step 2: Make Measurements
We need a piece of cardboard at least 25" in length and 15" in width. Make these measurements and mark them with your sharpie marker.
Step 3: Cut Out Your Piece of Cardboard
IMPORTANT! We will need another piece of cardboard for the top cover.
Make the cuts on the lines we measured.
Step 4: Bend the Board
Measure out lines every 5" on this board and bend them at those points to form a hexagon shape.
Step 5: Measure Strips
Measure out 10 strips, each 1.5" in length. Cut out these strips.
Step 6: Fold and Glue
Fold these pieces at their ends and glue them.
Step 7: Glue Together
Alternate and stack the glued pieces, glue them at their contacts to one another.
Step 8: Cut Out Top
Take one of the pieces to trace the top cover. Cut out this cover and glue it to the trace piece.
Step 9: Trace and Cut Out Light Fixture
Trace the light fixture of your choosing and cut out a slot for it. Glue this piece in place with a generous amount of glue. The glue here will get hot and may loosen, so use plenty.
Step 10: Position and Glue the Cover
Position the top cover and glue its contacts in place.
Step 11: Insert Bulb and Test!
After letting the glue cool, insert the bulb and plug in your desk lamp! You're all done.