Low Cost DIY Silhouette Lamp

Welcome to my Instructable. In this Instructable you will be making a cute lamp that would look good in any room. It could be used for reading, a night light or even just decor for a room. This lamp is good because you can change and alter colors and designs for your liking. Remember to have fun!

Step 1: Gather Materials

The first step to most crafts are gathering materials and that is what you need to do now. What you will need to get is:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tissue Paper (Any color)
  • Colored Paper (Preferably black)
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Portable Light From Dollar Store
  • Scissors
  • A Ruler
  • A Pencil

Step 2: Making the Sides

In this step we will be making the sides to the lamp. The lamp will be the shape of the cube so it will have 6 sides.

First, you are going to take four popsicle sticks and glue them together into the shape of a square. Make sure that there are no edges hanging out of the sides. Repeat this step 5 times so that you have 5 separate squares. You could use a normal glue stick or a hot glue gun if you want a for sure strong hold.

Next, using the tissue paper, you are going to cut out 5 11cm x 11cm squares.

You will then place the tissue paper cut outs on the popsicle stick squares. Do that for all 5 of the squares.

For the bottom side, hot glue 11 popsicle sticks together out flat.

Now you have all your sides and will put them together in a step soon!

Step 3: Silhouette Decoration

In this step you will be able to add a design on to your lamp to give it a cool silhouette design and add more detail. You can really choose whatever you would like, it could be a city skyline, your favorite animal, or any other cool ideas you can think of. Once you have chosen what you would like you can start cutting out the shape on a black piece of paper. (You don't have to use black but I think that would look the best). You can google an image and trace that if it or cut a picture from a printed paper if it is too hard to free hand. You can do one for each of the four sides or just one side that will be your front. You could do 1-4 pictures.

Once you have cut out your shape/shapes, glue it to the bottom of the sides so that it touches the bottom. Be careful that when you are gluing the paper to the tissue paper that it doesn't rip.

Step 4: Putting the Light In

In this step you are going to glue down your light to the base. Take the hot glue gun and glue the bottom of the light and stick it down. Try to stick it down closer to one side but not going over the edge. Make sure that when you stick it down you can still fit the the cube on it. Also make sure that the button to turn it on is straight on one side and not off to the side.

Step 5: Putting the Pieces Together

Now it is time to put all the parts that we have created, together. In this step you are going to want a hot glue gun. Take the side of one of the square's and put glue along the whole side. Then stick another square on to that, making half of a cube. Do that again until you make the sides of a cube.

Next, glue the top of the cube and put the last tissue paper square on top to make the top of the lamp.

Then, glue the top of the cube on to the base with the light.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Now you have made your lamp! There are just a few more touches that you should add to make it a bit better.

You obviously need a way to turn your lamp on and off so make a hole in the tissue paper at the same spot where the button is to turn it on and off. Then you should be able to easily reach it to press the button.

If you have any popsicle sticks that you can see, you can cut strips of the left over tissue paper and put it over the popsicle sticks to make it look a bit neater.

Step 7: You're Done!

Thank you so much for following my Instructable. I hope that you were able to follow it pretty easily and that you had a fun time making it. I wonder all the kinds of designs and colors you could use. Thanks again!

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    samantha.bartlett

    4 weeks ago

    This is really good! your instructions are very clear as well.

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    aaliyah.desousa

    4 weeks ago

    wow Makenna great job, you did so well, this was a very good, and super creative!