Introduction: Map Lamp- Informative and Pretty!

About: I love to make stuff, including food, crafts, and especially electronics.

This lamp is made from a Used/New map.

It uses 7-12V input, and can be customized to different colors, and brightness.

It even has USB charging!

Very simple to make, but requires some soldering.


SMD LEDs or 3.3/5V extra bright LEDs. Can be RGB.

Breadboard power supply

Soldering iron, and solder

Copper tape and Cardboard(if SMD)

2 female to male jumper wires

Thin Map (so light can pass)


Hot glue and hot glue gun

Step 1: Make the Shade

First, get your map. Put it in a cylinder and put a light inside. See the illumination. If it is able to pass light easily through, start doing the instructions below. If not, find a map that can pass light. Or, find a better light.

Once done, if you printed it (like me), since I didn't have any on hand that would work, trim edges. Then, fold into a cylinder.

Step 2: Stick

Take two bubble tea straws. Those really big ones.

At the pointy side, combine them to a single one.

Use tape to secure them.


Step 3: Cylinder Support

To keep the shape, and to attach the straw pipe thing.

Make tabs at where the popsicle stick ends, fold, add tape to prevent it from breaking.

Stick it on.

Step 4: Pipe End

Cut out a few tabs into the straw, and fold. Then, use tape to secure. Hot glue into the center of the support popsicle.

You can use more than 1 but I ran out.

Step 5: Circuitry

Make the circuit: I used 2 SMD LEDs which packs quite the punch.


Some colors cannot stand 3.3V.

I soldered the header pins and connected to the power supply module.

I also soldered the bottom plugin pins off.

As shown, pretty bright.

Do not look at it, it's really bright. Burned my eyes for a bit.

How to make:

Take two pieces of copper tape, stick them really close on a cardboard, put solder on the tape, place SMD, heat up solder.

I couldn't add more than 2 due to energy requirements.

Step 6: Add the Light

So you may find that adding this tiny piece of cardboard into the tube will be difficult.

Reduce width as much as possible, and once done, press down to make the diameter of the tube longer.

Step 7: Add the Tube

I used the 2*4 headers.I then used hot glue to secure the tube to the power supply board.

I'm not going to design a case since I'm out of supplies, but make sure you can access the USB, power jack, and switch. Also, make sure it balances!

Maps Challenge

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