Wednesday, 3 July 2013

DIY Pineapple Lamp

I'm really exited about sharing this DIY. Seeing as we're moving into the house in a month or two I've started to think of a lot more home-based projects. A while ago I found this pin on pinterest and decided that it really looked like a pineapple. A pineapple lamp seemed like a really good idea and so I gave it a go. I can't believe how well it went! It was a really fast project; I had it finished in an evening and totally brightens up my room.

You will need:
A small lamp
A wide bottle (I used a squash bottle)
Plastic spoons (I used exactly 125!)
Yellow paint
Green card
A glue gun
Xacto Knife
1. Take the lamp shade off your lamp and keep it unplugged until you have completely finished.
2. Using an Xacto knife cut off the base of your bottle and the spout so it is open both sides.
3. My bottle was a little long and so needed some shortening. I cut a chunk out of the middle and then gluegunned the two sides back together.
4. I then cut a few notches out of the bottle to allow it to fit over the lamp frame and act as a shade.
5. Using tough scissors or by carefully snapping them, remove the spoons from their handles.
6. Now paint your spoons. Surprisingly you can can just paint them using acrylic paint, but they do need two coats to make them look more opaque.
7. Start applying your spoons to the base of your bottle using minimal glue.
8. When you have finished start applying your second layer putting the spoons in the gaps between the first layers.
9. Keep on going until you get to the very top layer. This will use fewer spoon and so there will be bigger gaps between them. I did a second layer on top of this to fill in the gaps.
10. Now cut a spiny star shape out of your green card. Cut a hole out of the centre so the paper will not over heat from the heat of the lamp.
11. Carefully bend the spines over to shape them a little.
12. Using a glue gun glue the green star over the rough top of the spoons.
13. To make your spines, cut out spear shapes, apply glue to the base and apply to the inside of the plastic bottle. Again shape the leaves to make them bend over slightly.
14. When all of your spines have been placed cut them slightly to different sizes and finally shape to make them look perfectly pineappley!

Best lamp ever!

24 comments:

  1. This really is the best lamp ever! I'm in love! I think i'll have to give this one a go, i'll let you know if I do!
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  2. This is amazing! It looks so adorable. Great job.
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  3. What a clever idea - LOVE!

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  4. I always love your DIYs! They're so fun and original. This one fits the bill

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  5. This is so clever Ally! The plastic spoons are just perfect

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  6. WOW!!! How cool is that?! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm pinning this for later, for sure!

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  7. What's a squash bottle? And how much different do think it would look with colored yellow spoons instead of painting?

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    1. Ummm I'm not sure if there's another word for it. Squash is that juice that you have to water down before you drink it and in the UK it usually comes in quite large whose bottles. The only thing you're aiming for is the bottle to be wide enough to fit over the shade frame; if you've got that it doesn't matter if its squash or anything!

      I was originally gonna use yellow spoons because I thing the finish may be a little better and look a little more shop bought. The only reason I didn't was because yellow spoons were extremely expensive compared to regular budget ones so I conceded. But if you can get your hands on them I think they'd look really great!

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  8. Totally awesome!!! :))))

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  9. does the light make the plastic really hot?

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    1. I must say I was a little anxious about the getting hot thing but I've been using this lamp every day for the last few months and it's never felt warm. It's important to leave a hole in the top to let the heat escape effectively and I imagine the type of bottle you use does have some variation though but I can honestly say I've never been worried.

      Hope that helps!

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  10. I'm curious about the previous question. Does the light melt the plastic or make it hot enough to give off fumes? Similar to microwaving plastic? Thanks!!

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    1. Hey Vanessa, Sorry it seems I haven't been checking comments enough. I must say I was a little anxious about the getting hot thing but I've been using this lamp every day for the last few months and it's never felt warm. It's important to leave a hole in the top to let the heat escape effectively and I imagine the type of bottle you use does have some variation though but I can honestly say I've never been worried.

      Hope that helps!

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  11. Do you where I could buy this type of lamp base?

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    1. I bought mine at Clas Olsen but I think there are similar things available at Ikea.

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    2. can i substitute with different type of lamp base? Do you have the name for the type of lamp base you use? Thank you!

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  12. Thanks for your Amazing Idea! :D I'll be using your idea as my product from recycle materials for innovation competition in my college, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Pray for my success! ^^

    *Anyway, nice blog :)

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  14. This is amazing! I don't know how you thought of it but you are a genius and you inspire me so much! I can't wait to make this for my room! It is a must! Your blog is amazing and I love it!

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  17. Great, the lamp is great, it looks like a pineapple, very creative!
    that, its fantastic

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