DIY – Boring Mats to An Exciting Decor

DIY – Boring Mats to An Exciting Decor

by Priti on August 16, 2013

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… :D 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…

Diy Mat Lamp

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).

Lamp for Outdoor

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

Materials Required

  1. Our best sticky friend Fevicol tube with pointed nozzle :)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

    Dining Place Mats

    Dining Place Mats

    Did you notice dining table at my home?
    Read: Are You Ready to Dine 

    Mats at My Home :)

  4. 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.
  5. A fixed bulb holder connected to some electrical wire.
  6. Some cloth pins or binder clips
  7. A handsaw
  8. A screwdriver
  9. A small hammer
  10. Measuring tape
  11. Drinking water to keep your brain hydrated :P yeah, you may require it!

Wooden Dowels

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:

  1. 4 sticks of 14″ length each
  2. 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 

Measurements for Cuboid Structure

Basic Structure

I leave it up to you, on how you want to begin making the skeleton…buhuhahhahah… :D …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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– has written 254 posts on kwikdeko. She is a pro blogger from India and a self-confessed photographer. She also writes for renowned magazines. You can follow Priti on Twitter

{ 14 comments… Thoughts? Plz leave a reply: }

1 Tarun August 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Thanks Priti. The post turned out really well :)


2 Priti August 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Quite an obvious thing…after all your creativity is behind it! :)


3 Tarun August 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

You are so kind :)


4 sumati August 17, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Thanks for introducing -Fundoo Friday….really a good news. The mat lamp looks really awesome. Truly inspiring. Will try to make one like this.


5 Priti August 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Yeah! Thanks Sumati…don’t forget to share how it turned out.. :) all the best!


6 sumati August 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thanks Priti for ur best wishes……..i will share it for sure, the moment it’s done.


7 Tarun August 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

We will be waiting :) , and please do let me know if you need help, I will be happy to happy to help you.


8 sumati August 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Loads of thanks Tarun for your kind offer to help me. I think, can manage it with the help of ‘Priti’s so well described steps.

9 Shivani sharma August 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I follow yr blog,its really inspiring, u come up with grt ideas of home décor.


10 Priti August 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Aww…so sweet of your to say that Shivani…am glad you love my blog as I do… thanks! :)


11 Roshni August 24, 2013 at 3:16 am

Very neat idea and it looks really nice!


12 Priti August 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Thank you Roshni! Hope you try your hands on it!


13 Priya August 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

This looks awesome Priti! Gotta try this once I am back home. I already have similar mats, but will need to find the dowels and some help from my husband. :)


14 Priti August 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

You can find the dowels at any carpenter’s shop, it’s very easy to find! And plz do share you experience with me…All the best! :)


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