Ambiance Lamp Using Dining Place-mats
Hey friends, from today onwards we are going to start a new category which will be called “Fundoo Friday”. That means, all your coming Fridays will be as fundoo as ours. Yeah! Sounds cool, isn’t it (!). Any guesses what are we up-to???
Okay, no suspense, on every Friday, at Kwikdeko, you will find an interesting DIY idea for your home. Hurraaaahh… Oh, am darn excited, are YOU?
So let’s begin with our first post and do a Shubh-arambh!!! (Breaking coconut ) Wuhuuu…. *claps claps*
And this post is once again shared by our super crafter Tarun!
Read his recent post here: Ignored Cartons to Corrugated Art
Everyone loves lights and its sources, be it sun (the ultimate lamp) or our house lamps. Lamps have been into existence since the beginning of time and they are evolving every day, lamps are not meant just for decor but they also affect our mood. That’s the reason you see several candle and light lit up in spa centers. Oh…feeling like having it right now. Yes, am tired of making this lamp….time to relax!
Remember this post: Hanging Lights, Metal Art & Much More…
If you have a terrace with lots of plants, it is a wonderful place to work on your DIY projects (I am trying to catch your attention here towards my terrace).
A lamp well placed can help calm our senses (try watching a Diya in the dark and you will know). I use to make paper lamps during Diwali since childhood and I still do but not a long time ago I developed this thing for making lamps with almost anything (yes anything). I believe all you need is light source and your imagination.
Today, in this post I will show you how to create an awesome lamp ( and expensive looking ) using some bamboo dining mats and wooden sticks (you can call them rectangular dowels). If you have ever been to a Chinese restaurant or visited stores like Fabindia or any other handicraft’s store you might have seen something similar but not as awesome as this one…why?? Come onnnn…. it is awesome because you can DIY!
It is easy to make, you can make it in less than 200 bucks and it is a great conversation starter. All right you crafty souls, let’s do this.
Step 1: Stuffs You’ll Need
- Our best sticky friend Fevicol tube with pointed nozzle
- Some rectangular wooden dowels (these are sticks which are used to fix glasses in wooden windows, I already had many because of some renovation at home we did in the past), you can get them from any hardware store.
- 2-3 Bamboo dining mats which I bought them from Hypercity, there was a sale going on. I I got them for 50 bucks each, dirt cheap..huh. I would suggest you to buy them from super stores rather from stores which especially sell such kind of stuffs. I was lucky to find multi-colored mats.
Did you notice dining table at my home?
Read: Are You Ready to Dine
- Some tiny nails (I got No. 19 from the hardware store). These are thin and about a 0.75″ inch long. You need to make a judgement here depending on the thickness of the wooden sticks you would pick.
- A fixed bulb holder connected to some electrical wire.
- Some cloth pins or binder clips
- A handsaw
- A screwdriver
- A small hammer
- Measuring tape
- Drinking water to keep your brain hydrated yeah, you may require it!
Honestly, I am not a professional woodworker, I figure out my own ways to get things done. This step is very simple however, if you have never used handsaw to cut wood, you would need some practice. But Hey… this is your chance to learn…right? We all need something to start with, don’t we? still, if are afraid of trying your hands on it, get it done by a carpenter. HAPPY!
You need to cut the sticks in the following measurements:
- 4 sticks of 14″ length each
- 14 sticks of 8.25″ length each
So, why these lengths? Let’s play some mathematics, I promise it will be fun!
The dining mat I bought was 18″ lunch and 12″ inch wide. Cutting these mats to adjust sizes would not be a good Idea. So, I decided to use the whole mat. Which actually allowed me to make a rectangle of size 12″ x 9″ (length of the mat).
I decided to use the length of the stick to 14″ thereby leaving 1″of space on top and bottom of the lamp. I did this purpose fully and inspired from Chinese lamps. It will look like legs of the lamp with some ground clearance. Choosing a size of 8.25″ inch for small sticks allowed me to make a length of 9″. Because the thickness of my sticks was close to ½”inch.
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I hope this would give you some idea to adjust tour measurements according to the size of the mat and thickness of the sticks. If you didn’t get it, read it again (even I got confused while I was calculating, but finally I did it!).
Also, I would recommend you to cut a few extra sticks (just to be on a safer side of messing up at the last moment). Sometimes they split apart while you hammer a nail in them.
Step 3: Cube made up of sticks
I leave it up to you, on how you want to begin making the skeleton…buhuhahhahah… …oops I mean the skeleton shown in the diagram above just to give you a rough idea. At first I made two squares and then joined them with two sticks.
Typically, to make a cuboid like this, you would only need 8 small sticks but to make the structure more sturdy I joined 6 more sticks perpendicular to each side.
WARNING: Like I said, if you have never hammered any nails, please please be very careful otherwise you may pop your finger or thumb. It hurts! :’(
Once you are done making this cube, adore this beauty for a while and imagine yourself like a woodworker who has just finished his masterpiece. Hah…collars up!
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