Bedside Lamp Project 


Step-by-step guide

Lamp Base

  • Materials:
  • Working lamp base
  • Old plastic toys
  • Sand paper
  • Glue gun
  • Spray paint or paint that doesn't need a primer (chalk paint)

Start by cleaning the lamp base base to remove any grease, do the same with your chosen toys.  You will need to scrape your items to create a rough surface to help them stick together; you are creating a rough surface for the glue to stick to.  Using the sand paper, rough up your toys and the lamp base.

Wipe any dust off with a damp cloth, arrange your toys on your lamp base and glue with the glue gun.

Using your spray paint or pot of paint cover the entire lamp base including the toys that you have glued on. Make sure you cover any on/off switches so that they do not get stuck and you are able to switch your lamp on!



  • Lamp shade
  • Thin card (this can be coloured)
  • Craft knife and cutting board
  • Glue gun
  • Pre-cut shapes or stencils

It is really easy to to up-cycle the shade of your lamp.

Cut a piece of card to fit the outside of your shade. Using the shapes as stencils draw around them and cut out, being careful of fingers! You could also free hand draw your own design on the card and cut out.

Carefully glue your card to the rim of the original shade.