Ball Vending Machine Lamp

About: I'm a high-functioning sociopath.

Would you like to recycle an old toy?

A few Christmases ago I received from my mum the ball vending machine that I wanted.

Don't get me wrong I LOVED IT, but after a while I've got tired of having it on my table; so I've come up with the idea of turning it into an awesome lamp.


Step 1: What Do You Need:

  • Ball vending machine
  • Remainders of a lamp (cable, lightbulb, etc.)
  • Glass-colors
  • Brushes
  • Nail
  • Candle
  • Pliers
  • + bonus track: BLAST “everything is awesome” and sing it along!

Step 2: (Don't) Go Breaking It Apart

I disassembled the ball vending machine.
I divided the sphere from the body and then, using a nail heated-up on a flame, I made a hole in the dead centre of the upper part of the base. USE PLIERS TO HOLD THE NAIL.
(I think this is the easiest way, I'm not a pyromaniac!)
I assembled the lamp (I passed the cable through the hole and screwed in the lightbulb).

Step 3: Color It Up!

Then I painted lots of brightly colored balls on the outside of the sphere while, on the inside, I painted it white (so I won't blind myself staring at this awesomeness).
I waited for the colors to dry and I secured the sphere at the base.

Step 4: ALL DONE!

Now I’ve got a super-cool lamp AND a ball vending machine (it still works because the internal gear hasn’t been touched :D )

PS: I'd like to thank my sister, without whom this instructable wouldn't have been so awesome. Love ya'

I hope you like this instructable!



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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    adorable!!! must make!!!


    3 years ago

    Love it! I'm redecorating my room and looking for ideas and this is definitely one of the better ideas that I have seen. Good job!

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