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WHAT WILL YOU NEED?
- lamp socket
- lamp cord
- incandescent light bulb 60w / 43w
- 16 gauge floral wire or wire coat hanger
- snap fastener
- chipboard scrap
- tracing paper or white vellum
- colorful tissue paper
- empty 2L soda bottle
- star shaped stickers
- black spray paint for plastics
- 1/2" hole saw bit
- 15/64" bit
- 1/16" bit
- wire snips
- needle nose pliers
- craft knife
- sandpaper (various grits)
- glue stick
- low temp hot glue gun
- wood glue
- 3" square of 1/8" bass wood
- 5" square of 1/8" bass wood
- (2) 3"L x 1"W x 1/2"D plywood
- (2) 2"L x 1"W x 1/2"D plywood
- (4) 1/2"L x 1/2"W x 1/2"D plywood
- (4) 7"L of 3/8" sq. dowel
- (8) 5"L of 3/8" sq. dowel
Using the craft knife, cut your 2 liter
bottle into a 5″ tall cylinder. Make sure that
the top and bottom edges are straight and
Apply stickers to your cylinder.
Spray paint it black. Allow the paint to
Make a mark at the center of the 1″ x
3″ face of one of the 1″ x 3″ x 1/2″ pieces of
Drill a hole with the 15/64″ bit where you
made the mark in step 4. Sand the edges of
the hole down.
Glue the two 2″ and 3″ long pieces of
plywood to the smaller bass wood square so
that they form four walls.
Pull the lamp cord through the hole that
you drilled in step 5. Use the needle nose
pliers to bend the ends of the lamp cord into
Follow the instructions that came with
your lamp cord to properly attach the cord to
the lamp socket
Tuck the lamp socket into the compartment that you made.
Use the hole saw bit to make a hole in
the center of the larger bass wood square.
Make a mark about 1/2″ from the edge of
Use the 1/16″ bit to make a hole where
you made the mark in the previous step.
Starting from the bottom, measure
5″ up the floral wire and bend it at a right
Screw the light bulb into the socket.
Place the wire into the hole that you made in
step 11 and measure where the bent part of
the wire is centered above the light bulb.
Bend the wire at another right angle so
that it extends about 2″ above the light bulb
when placed into the hole that is drilled into
the bass wood.
Glue the wire into the hole.
Using the compass and chipboard
scrap, draw a circle that is slightly larger
than the opening of the plastic cylinder that
you made in step 1.
Make two marks on each line segment:
one about 1/4″ away from the outer edge of
the circle and the other 1/4″ from the center
of the circle.
Draw vents onto your circle that span
between the two marks that you made on
each line segment. Use the craft knife to cut
the vents out. Only cut them on 3 sides!
Now make smaller vents between the
Poke a hole into the center of your
circle and hot glue the bottom of the snap
fastener to the hole. This is where the floral
wire will be able to support the cylinder.
Peel off all of the stars that you applied
to the cylinder.
Hot glue the cylinder to the chipboard
Make two 5″ x 7″ frames with the
square dowel pieces. The remaining square
dowel pieces will be used to construct a
Cut out shapes with your tissue paper
and use the glue stick to glue them to the
vellum. Here’s where you can really be
creative! What scene will you create?
Glue the remaining dowels to the two
frames to create a rectangular prism. Glue
your decorated vellum to the inside of the
Glue the four remaining pieces of
plywood to the bottom corners of your
rectangular prism. These pieces will help
with air flow.
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