Introduction: How to Make a Trash Lamp
This Instructable will show you how to make your own lamp using materials that can be found in the trash.
Step 1: Collect Items
-10-15 beer boxes
-Leather scraps in any color
-Hot glue gun and/or tacky glue
-Light bulb screw
Step 2: Lampshade
Cut the handles off of 6-7 boxes for the stand. Set one box aside for the base of the lampshade.
Step 3: Stand
Build the stand by gluing the handles together. Make there be two layers so that it can stand up. After you run out of handles use cardboard to start splitting the layers to form a triangular shape at the base. Make sure both sides are even lengths. Glue strips of cardboard in between layers to wedge it open as you work your way down.
Step 4: Decorating
Cut out labels and images on the beer boxes to decorate the lampshade with. Make sure to have enough to cover the entire thing.
Step 5: Base
When you've decorated the lampshade, cut strips of leather to cover the lamp stand using glue.
Step 6: Bulb
Wire the bulb by connecting it to the light bulb socket. Insert it into one of the holes in the beer box lampshade. Glue a small piece of leather or cardboard to secure the wire to the stand.