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Golden glow: Stylish lamp easy to build yourself

Individual lighting idea for the living room: We'll show you how to build a stylish lamp yourself. The black and gold DIY lampshade looks very noble with the rustic wood and is still cheap to imitate, because you only need a few materials for it:

Material Tools
Paste Cordless Screwdriver
Balloons 30-40 cm Diameter Jigsaw / Circular Saw
Toilet paper Hand Blender
Golden / Silver / Copper Colour Bucket
Black Acrylic Paint Kitchen towel
Acrylic clearcoat Brush
Driftwood Ruler
Hanger for Flower Pot Angle
Cable with socket, switch and plug  

Step 1: Produce Pulpe

Pick up toilet paper with hands
Cursh the toilet paper with a blender

At the beginning of the production of a new lamp you fill the bucket to about one third with water. Put two rolls of toilet paper in the water and remove the cardboard rolls.

Now the two roles must be neatly picked up with the hands and then crushed with the blender. You should make sure that the mass is even and free of lumps.

Express the mass by a kitchen towel
Express the mass by a kitchen towel

If the mass is in this condition, it can be expressed by a kitchen towel. When squeezing it is to be considered that there is still enough residual moisture. As a sample, when crushing in the hand water should run out without great force.

Mix the paste in the pulpe
Put acrylic paint in the bowl

Then you mix the expressed mass with paste and acrylic paint. It is recommended to use one-third of the pack of paste per two rolls, as well as 3-4 tablespoons of the acrylic paint. For a consistent hue, you sift through the whole thing until the desired result is obtained. In this work, it is recommended to wear gloves, as the paste and the acrylic paint are not conducive to the skin.

Afterwards you let the pulpe rest for 20 minutes before you stir it again and let rest for another 20 minutes.

Step 2: Form Pulpe into Lampshade

Form Pulpe into lampshade
Insert a opening with the cardboard roll

In the second step you bring the pulpe on a balloon, to the shape of a lampshade. So that the balloon does not tip over when you apply the pulpe, it's best to use a bowl with the diameter of the balloon. The mass should be applied around 5-10mm thick around the balloon. Depending on whether you want a deep or flat lampshade, you can regulate this here. About two-thirds of the balloon will be covered with pulpe and smoothed. With the cardboard roll of the toilet paper you insert on the top an opening for the lamp socket.

Then let the lampshade dry about 5-7 days at room temperature.

Step 3: Apply Paint on the Shade

Painting a lampshade gold
Painting a lampshade black

After a sufficient drying time the lampshade is ready for coloring.

Depending on your preference, you can paint the lamp differently. For the inside it is recommended to use gold or another metallic colour. For the outside of the shade, you can use for example chalk paint, as it can be especially matt. However, you can of course choose any colour depending on the wall colour.

After most of the chalk paint has dried, you can spray on the acrylic clearcoat. The clearcoat lets the lamp shine later in a 'stone just got out of the water' 'optics.

In general, there is no limit to your creativity. For example, you can also create a shabby look with a light chalk colour.

Step 4: Creating the Lamp Hanger

A Hanger für a Lamp
Drill holes in a board with a cordless screwdriver

Of course, the lamp should find a nice, worthy place. To hang them later, a hanger will be created in this step.

A simple piece of untreated driftwood or old wood is great for it. For this you separate a piece about 30-40 cm long with a jigsaw or a circular  saw.

Then you draw the center for the bracket and drill the holes with the cordless screwdriver and a small drill.

A lamp hanger and an Einhell cordless screwdriver
Picture Hooks on a board

To be able to guide the cable later from behind through the board, you drill another hole, just next to the hanger.

To mount the hanger on the wall, picture hooks are very suitable. These are fastened with two small screws in the upper area of the back of the board.

Step 5: Assembling the Lamp

Screw the socket of a lamp
Attaching a light bulb in a lamp

The colour is completely dried and the wall hanger finished, so you can lead the cable through the board and connect it with the socket.

The thread of the lamp socket you stick through the opening of the lampshade and screwed it with the nut. Accordingly, you attach a light bulb in the socket.

A Lamp on a wall
A Lamp on a wall

Now the lamp is ready to be hung in a special place, for example in the living room, and to give a warm, pleasant light.

As you can see, your own DIY lamp is finished in just a few simple steps.

Have fun rebuilding your new DIY lamp.

AuthorPatrick Jung
Reading time8 minutes

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