Mushroom Phone Holder Light Using Cardboard

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About: Hello ! I'm Creative D2H, You can see in my posts how to make beautiful things, to create houses of history, fairy houses, recycling ideas, decorations, crafts,and paint. They use very cheap materials and al...

In this tutorial I show you how I made a Mushroom Phone Holder Light using mainly a Cardboard, Plastic Soda Bottle, Transparent Plastic Film and Paper clay. It’s fun to make and you can use it as an awesome decoration.

What you need :

  • Cardboard 50x50 cm,
  • Plastic Soda Bottle,
  • Paper Clay 1kg,
  • Transparent Plastic Film 20x30cm,
  • Hot Glue,
  • Hot Glue gun,
  • Acrylic Paint,
  • Scissors,
  • Cutter knife,
  • Clay sculpture tools

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Step 1: Shaping the Base

Draw on the cardboard two circles with a diameter of 15cm and 18cm,

Cut the cardboard following the circle drawn using a cutter knife,

Glue the two circles using a hot glue gun,

Cut a cardboard tube : diameter = 12mm and length = 8cm, to stand the smartphone,

Glue the cardboard tube using a hot glue gun.

Step 2: Building the Mushroom

  • Cut the plastic film 20x30cm and then roll it up,
  • Glue the tube with hot glue using a glue gun,
  • Cut the top and bottom of a bottle of soda and then glue them to form the head of the mushroom,
  • Use aluminum foil to reach the final shape of the mushroom.

Step 3: Making the Plans

Always using aluminum foil, can form several types of plants like mushrooms, flowers, ... You can build the plant that you desire.

Step 4: Cover With Paper Clay

After, I cover all with paper clay (I used "Das modelling material" but you can any paper clay or even a homemade paper clay). I don't use natural air dry clay, it will shrink and that will result in a lot of cracks around your jar.

Step 5: Paint

I used acrylic paint for painting. You can also use watercolors and watercolor crayons. It's up to you. In the end you can seal the paint using some matte spray varnish.

Step 6: Add the Lights

I placed some LED lights into the mushroom. I recommend you use soft lights that will gently illuminate your desk.

Step 7: Watch

In order to not miss any details and to follow all the real chain of the instructable, enjoy to watch the video tutorial attached.

I hope you like my instructable. See you!

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    Alex in NZ

    5 months ago

    Really novel use of the soda bottle (and great painting). Thank you for showing the result :-)

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