To make this $1 Lamp, you will need the following materials:
Starbucks' or any coffee tray that is recyclable
Scissors or a blender
An old cardboard box
$1 Christmas Lights
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Step 1: Step 1: Coffee Trays Into Pieces
Using a scissor or blender (to save a lot of time) make the coffee trays into small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the better, as they will mold better when put into papier machë.
Step 2: Step 2: the Making of the Machë
Mix the pieces of the coffee tray with glue and water, until you get a sticky and not too watery consistency. You should end up getting clumps of the papier machë rather than making it seem more like liquid.
Step 3: Step 3: Forming the Teddy Bear
The teddy bear lamp should have multiple layers of the papier machë, or the inside might not ever completely dry. On an old cardboard box, lay out the bottom layer of the teddy bear using the papier machë. Use a fan and leave it overnight to dry. Once it hardens, you will notice that the color of the tray gets much darker than when it was wet.
Step 4: Step 4: Adding More Layers
Add more layers to the teddy bear. Add the arms and create the backside, but make sure to add a hole in the back so that the lights and the dowel could fit through. Again using the fan, leave it to dry overnight or until it completely hardens.
Step 5: Step 5: Creating the Light Source
Using the Christmas lights, repeatedly wrap each light around a medium-sized dowel and glue it down with hot glue or gorilla glue until you get something that is similar to what will look like a single light source. Then the remaining parts of the lights wrap around the bottom part of the dowel. Make sure the light source is able to sit inside the teddy bear.
Step 6: Step 6: Lamp Shade
Create a rectangular-prism shaped lamp shade using the foam. Cut the sides evenly and glue them into place with a hot glue gun.
Step 7: Step 7: Keeping the Lamp Stable
To keep the lamp shade stable, drill small holes on opposite directions of the dowel, on different heights. Stick smaller dowels into the holes and make sure their lengths are enough to poke a hole into the foam but not all the way through. Then use the hot glue gun to keep all the holes in place in the foam and in the dowel.
Step 8: Step 8: Build Up More
Build up the teddy bear's layers even more
Step 9: Step 9: Finish It Up
Hot glue the inside of the medium-sized dowel into place onto the bottom of the teddy bear. Using the papier machë, finish up the sides of the opened wall on the back. Use a fan to dry overnight.
Step 10: Step 10: Test
You're done and all you need to do is test it out