Modern, Portable Lamp




Introduction: Modern, Portable Lamp

About: Creative Director and Designer who values making functional, beautiful things.

This article will show you how to make a modern, portable lamp.

This lamp mimics those you find at high-end design stores, for less than $5!

Step 1: Supplies


  1. Plastic Cup (26oz Plastic Tall Tumbler from Target)
  2. Plastic Bowl (37oz Plastic Cereal Bowl from Target)
  3. LED String Lights (Battery-Powered String Lights from Amazon)
  4. Superglue
  5. Tape
  6. Drill

Step 2: Drill the Hole

  • Holding the cup upside-down, drill a hole in the side of the cup, near its base.
  • The hole needs to be big enough to thread your string light.

Step 3: Thread the String Light

  • Thread the string light through the hole, leaving the battery pack hanging within the cup.

Step 4: Secure the String Light

  • Wrap the string light around the outside of the cup, and secure with tape.
  • I suggest also taping the battery pack securely inside the cup so that it doesn’t rattle about.

Step 5: Attach the Lampshade

  • To attach your “lampshade,” first add glue to the bottom edge of the cup, then secure the bowl in place.


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    2 years ago

    Hi Trish, very nice first I thought it was going to be 3D printed. This is a very neat presentation. I think that changing the batteries would be the the biggest drawback.
    I recently did an Instructable where I modified LED string lights to run off a dollar store USB power bank. I even made a version that connected two LED strings together. The batteries last a long time between charging as well.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Bob D

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    Trish Ward
    Trish Ward

    Reply 2 years ago

    The powerbank + multiple stringlights is a great idea! That would definitely upgrade my existing watch-battery powered LEDs.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Hi Trish, I set up several lighting details in our home this holiday season and it was so convenient to just swap out the power bank with a spare. There was very little down time, and more time spent enjoying the lighting effect.
    Bob D