How to Make Table Lamp at Home With Paper

A table lamp is an electric light that sits on top of a table. There are many different styles and shapes of lamps available to choose from. Table lamps can be costly: they can either be a single, decorative object or made out of many different, intricate parts. Some people will bring their table lamp with them when they move from one place to another. It is quite usual that making table lamps using homemade objects will surely save some expenses. So today, I am going to discuss a technique on how to make table lamp at home with paper.

How to Make Table Lamp at Home With Paper

Step-Wise Guide on How to Make Table Lamp at Home With Paper


You will need a lot of old newspaper, one plastic plate, scissors, a pencil and foam paper.

Prepare the newspaper sheets by cutting them into squares measuring 12×12 inches and 16×16 inches, respectively. Make sure the papers are smooth on all sides before cutting them into small pieces. Stack them neatly so that you can work on a large sheet at once during your project. Cut along the long side to make four layers of 16×16 inch square papers, with each layer consisting of four papers.

Additionally, you will get some flaps coming up out from the edges which can be easily folded downwards after making 45o folds. For that purpose, you can use the following folding pattern.


After making 4 layers of paper squares, cut them in halves to have a perfect shape.


Cut along the dotted lines on the right side of the square paper to create two big sheets. Fold each end of the paper to form an open box, and join the two pieces together. The floor area of the box will be 24×24 inches.


Once you have done this, make another three such boxes for the rest 3 lights only. To do this work accurately, transfer all dimensions from one box to others.


 Now, cover these boxes with a piece of foam paper to increase the floor area to 24×48 inches. Then mark out from one side.

You can make a lamp out of any size or shape you want, but the person who wrote this measured it according to their plan. To make your table lamp look more attractive, you can put designs on its upper surface. You will need only those papers whose color matches your design patterns. Now cut them into small pieces and paste them over the covered box walls using the glue stick, tape, etc.

Glue The pieces Of Paper


After this, stick a plastic plate (whose size is exactly matching the size of the box’s cover) over its top surface using bond paper. This will hold it in place and keep the light inside the box protected from moisture, dust, etc.


Now, fill this box with some substance that can make the light effect more beautiful. You can put something like sand, dry flower petals, or two kinds together (also your choice). Keep them a little higher than the height of the covered base so that you can adjust it easily whenever required. Now fix a bulb holder over the box ceiling as described below:

Using a drill machine, create an appropriately sized hole into the box lid for putting a bulb socket. The diameter of that hole should be the same as the socket’s outer diameter but remember, don’t make it too big so that bulb is not easily fallen out of the socket when you shake the lamp.


To make the light in your light box better, you can adjust the height of the sand or flower petals. To do this, take a wooden stick and fill it with something like sand, which will act as weight. Then, put the stick in the hole between the base floor and ceiling. Next, insert the bulb into its holder and replace the cap on top of the box’s cover.

Put the Stick in the Hole


Since two strips are available on both sides of the plastic plate (whose size matches with the box cover ), you can use them for hanging your table lamp anywhere in your house. To do so, we need to prepare hanging hooks. For this work, take a strip of steel/aluminum, bend it into 90o angles, etc., and then hold it in between two piles (the distance of which is less than the height of your box) and slightly hammer them to create holes.


So I hope the process mentioned above will help you learn how to make table lamp at home with paper. Ensure safety while performing the process, and do not hesitate to use your imagination for decorating the table lamp. Always chose top-quality paper so that the heat created due to the bulb can be contained. Thank you, and have a good day!

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth is a creative writer and digital editor based in the United States. She has a passion for the arts and crafts, which she developed from a young age. Elizabeth has always loved experimenting with new mediums and sharing her work with others. When she started blogging, she knew that DIYquickly would be the perfect platform to share her tutorials and tips. She's been writing for the blog from the beginning, and her readers love her helpful advice and easy-to-follow instructions. When she's not writing or editing, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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