The Cardboard LED Desk Lamp

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LED ribbon lights have opened up a world of opportunity for DIYers, thanks to their inexpensive price point, and the fact that they stay cool to the touch. How else would this cardboard desk lamp be possible? Check out how one Instructables user made a unique industrial desk lamp from one sheet of corrugated cardboard.

Instructables user Jesse Harrington Au is the mastermind behind this cardboard lamp. It gives off plenty of light despite its compact size and even features a cradle for your cell phone or business cards. And there's absolutely nothing else to it but cardboard and an inexpensive ribbon of LED lights.

His process involved some pro-level DIY like creating a 3D drawing in CAD and then cutting out the perfect pieces on a laser printer, but the overall assembly is as easy as a third grade Arts & Crafts class:

After pulling my sheet out I like to stack the pieces in order before gluing to make my gluing experience more pleasurable. I used Elmers white glue sparingly so it would seal faster.

After some fun gluing, I drilled a hole in the back of the head of the lamp and fed my LED strip through it taped it in a swirl pattern on the inside and then attached the strip to a plug and Walla! light. Simple easy and even fits my cell phone in the pocket.

If you're missing access to a few key materials—like, um... a laser printer—we're confident that you could freehand this project, too.

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Using this photo from Jesse's How To post as a general guide, you could design, trace and cut your own shapes out of corrugated carboard, then glue them together. Sand the edges with sandpaper to get close to those accurate, laser-sharp edges.

What do you think? Do you like this DIY industrial lamp? Would you try this at home?

(Images: Instructables user JesseHarringtonAu)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer based in Atlanta, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She loves her fiance, her dog Bacon, and collecting beer koozies when she travels.

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