Nest Table Lamp




After a long cold winter, the sunlight is getting warmer and we enjoy to go back outside: the first flowers blossoming, the birds singing, … This atmosphere of springtime inspired me to create a new table lamp.

This lamp is easy to make and cost around 30 dollars.

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Wooden sticks (10 mm in diameter)
  • Decorative glass egg
  • 10w LED heat sink (110 mm in diameter, 17 mm high)
  • Bridgelux Micro SM4 LED (BXPX-27G0400-B)
  • 700 ma LED-driver (wall plug type)
  • Switch
  • two screws M2


  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Solder iron
  • Solder
  • Thermal paste
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Bar clamps

Step 2: Sawing and Sanding

Start by sawing the round wooden sticks in to approximately 10 cm pieces.

You can use any saw suitable for wood to do so. I used a small handsaw.

I sawed around 55 pieces. But you could end up with more or less pieces.

Next, sand both ends of every piece with 240 grid sand paper.

Step 3: Gluing

Make two squares with the wooden sticks and glue them together using wood glue.

Glue the two squares on top of each other so that it looks like a star. This gives a good base for the heat sink to rest  on.

Make four triangles by gluing each stick on top of the other. Glue each triangle to the star shape base in a 45° angle, use bar clamps to hold them together. Note: you don't have to glue them precisely in a 45° angle it is just an indication.

From now on you can just randomly glue the remaining sticks on and through the base to create the nest shape.

Step 4: Installing the Light

Cut the cable of the led driver roughly 1/3 from the end in half.

Solder the “cut of cables” to the LED.

Use two M2 screws to attach the led to the heat sink. Do not forget to put thermal paste between the LED and the heat sink for better thermal management.

Place the LED + heat sink on the bottom of the nest. Put the wires between a couple of sticks.

Open the housing of the switch and screw the wires in place. One wire will be interrupted by the switch while the other one continuous. Screw the housing back on the switch.

Step 5: Finishing Touch

Place the decorative glass egg on top of the heat sink, find a nice spot to place the lamp, push the switch and you are finished.



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    13 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Nice work, I'll build some similar but not with pre-cut sticks, but with small natural branches. Your idea is very good, thanks for it!

    Just a notice: as I see, the switch triggs only the output current of the wall plug adaptor, so there is a constant consumation when it's plugged even if the lamp itself is switched off. This is not a serious current, however, when the wall plug adaptor is in 'standby' mode, but perhaps the system may be more elegant using a wall plug switch before the adaptor.

    Cthulhu Fthang


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Can you link me to the heat sink? I found a few bu none have the plastic piece like yours does.

    Ryan Hebron

    5 years ago on Introduction

    i have to say it wasnt the interesting lamp that cought my attention but the cello in the background


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Looks like something Pier 1 would sell, in a good way. Great idea! :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Why such a big heat sink ? does that little LED give off that much heat ? All your stuff (parts, plugs, etc...) are European. They won't work here in the USA. Our voltage is 110-120 volts. But we can still use the idea. Thanks.

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The LED consumes 4.2w. The heat sink is designed for 10w LED's. So yes you could say it is to big. But the heat sink is partly covered by the wooden sticks and the glass egg, so I tend to use a bigger heat sink to get as much life expectancy out of the LED.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great design, but it could be dangerous, maybe even fatal. What happens if the heat causes the egg to hatch and it turns out to be a velociraptor egg? I really think you should have warned people not to use just any old egg they might find lying around.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I found the glass egg at a local florist. I'm not sure where to find it elsewhere.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I like this, I think I will see about putting a dimmer light in it so I can use it as a night light in the Bathroom, I think it would go good with all the wicker baskets she has in their now. Thank you