We used a toddler's toy to make our lamp — one in which a child would insert a big Ping-Pong ball in the top and watch it roll down to the bottom. You can use most any type of plastic, metal or wood toy to make your own lamp.
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Step 1: TOOLS & MATERIALS
- drill and 3/8" drill bit
- hole-saw drill bit
- wire strippers
- piece of wood for plug
- thread pipe and a piece of copper pipe that will slide over it
- lamp kit
- light bulb and lampshade
Step 2: Drill and Wire
To accommodate the wiring, drill two holes in the toy, one through the top (in our case, it is a smokestack) and one through the back. Feed the wire through the back and up through the top hole.
Step 3: Add Wood Plug and Pipe
If you have extra space to fill, like we do in our smokestack, make a wooden plug to sit inside the hole so it holds up the threaded pipe. Measure the diameter of the hole, then cut the wooden plug to size. Drill a hole in the center to hold the threaded pipe. Place the wooden plug with threaded pipe down over the wire and into the toy. Tap it into place.
Step 4: Cover the Threaded Pipe
Cover the threaded pipe with a copper pipe sleeve. Leave 1/2" on top to accommodate the connector and harp.
Step 5: Add Harp
Place the harp onto the pipe.
Step 6: Add the Socket
Wire the socket according to lamp kit package. Add an energy efficient low-wattage bulb and a lampshade.