Introduction: The $1 Lamp

How to make an ambient light lamp with only $1

Step 1: Gather Materials

For this project, you will need:

-Old newspapers


-A string of lights

-Hot glue

You can find newspapers and cardboard in most garbage/recycling receptacles. The string of lights can be purchased for $1 at The Dollar Tree.

Step 2: Assemble Cardboard Base

You may use a small found box, or put together your own out of cardboard. Leave one side (the bottom) open.

Step 3: Fold Newspaper Boxes

Follow the diagram borrowed from Paul Jackson's Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form. Vary the boxes in size, and make as many as you need to cover the base.

Step 4: Cover the Base

Cover the base with the folded paper boxes.They should all be open side-down, except for those that will hold the lights. Make sure not to place the open boxes further apart than the string of lights can stretch from bulb to bulb.

Tip- assemble the boxes on each side of the base before gluing them down.

Step 5: Add the Lights

Using a mat knife, cut an "X" into the center of each box with the open end facing up. Push the lights through from behind.

Step 6: Plug Lamp in and Enjoy!

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