DIY Japanese Lamp from Recycled Materials

DIY Japanese Lamp from Recycled Materials

Trent Johnson
Oct 8, 2008

Inhabitat has a great article on some green lighting options from the London Design Festival: LIGHTEN UP, but why not make your own, from recycled materials!

From Instructables, here is a list of materials and a brief pictorial overview of the steps. See the full how-to here.


  • Glue gun

  • Craft knives

  • Scissors

  • Diagonal/wire cutters or nail clippers


  • Strong corrugated cardboard, preferably 2-layer.

  • Paper- I used regular lined paper but if you wanted to be fancy you could used textured craft paper or tracing paper.

  • Bamboo/wooden chopsticks or kebab skewers.

  • Straight batten lightbulb socket.

  • Plug.

  • couple of metres of flex (2-core or 3-core is ok)

  • (optional) Inline switch.

  • Light bulb - A 11W CFL

Assemble the frame from found found chopsticks, skewers, etc. and affix paper using glue gun.

Make one panel for each side and create a design if wanted.

Assemble the base using the strong cardboard and affix the light bulb socket.

Screw in the CFL and test! Using an incandescent would not only use more energy, but would be a possible fire hazard with the increased heat.

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