Once in a while I have to step away from the home remodeling work that goes on and on for months and months without looking like any progress is being made …and make something that I can start and finish in one day. For sanity sake! After finishing three weeks of back breaking demolition on Calderwood Cottage, I needed a sanity project. So I made this fun, DIY table lamp with Krazy Glue. And guess what? I’m going to show you how to make your own lamp too!
This project is sponsored by Krazy Glue. Project idea, process and opinions are my own.
How to Make your Own Lamp
What you’ll need:
- Sturdy base (Mine is a 6″x12″ 3/4″ plywood box grabbed from a bin full of unfinished projects.)
- 20″ articulating artist mannequin Kit (Female) or (Male)
- LED bulb and lamp cord
- Krazy Glue (I used “All Purpose”)
- M6 Threaded insert nut
The mannequin I referenced in my “materials list” comes as a kit with a long bolt and small mdf base (which has a threaded insert nut). If you want to, very carefully, try to remove that metal insert nut so you can re-use it. I used a band saw and cut notches and was able to remove mine. It was a bit precarious AND then I lost that insert nut anyway. Had to run to the hardware store to buy one anyway… So you might just pick one up to begin with.
Drill a hole for the M6 threaded insert nut with a 6mm drill bit.
Since I lost my metal threaded insert nut, had to go buy a new one. The hardware store only had a plastic one in the size I needed. Whether using plastic or metal, it’s always a good idea to add glue if you want your insert nut to be permanently installed. With threaded inserts, you drive them in – like a screw. These plastic ones were meant to be glued in are just pressed in. Those definitely need to be glued! I squeezed in a couple drops of Krazy glue and pressed my insert nut in place. A rubber mallet was required because my thumbs are seriously wimpy. Despite my daily thumb workouts.
Give the glue ample time to set up.
Just in case you think your brand new bottle of Krazy Glue bottle is dried up because nothing comes out when you squeeze…you have to remove the nozzle and break the seal. The top of the cap has a handy point made for this purpose.
Attach Mannequin to DIY Lamp Base
Now you can secure the long bolt to the base. Screw the bolt into the base and then tighten with one of the included nuts. Make sure both nuts are on the bolt before you secure the mannequin.
Next secure the mannequin to the bolt and tighten the second nut.
DIY Table Lamp Cord Management.
This step was the solution to a problem I discovered after setting my DIY lamp on the table. The cord was all over the place. It would definitely be easier to do this before attaching the mannequin. I used my table saw to cut a small notch in the back of my base.
The notch is large enough for the cord to go in and out, with whatever portion of cord not needed to reach the receptacle left IN the box.
Secure Cord Kit to Mannequin
My lamp does not weigh 2000 pounds so I wasn’t able to test out the “krazy strong” claim that a single drop of Krazy Glue can hold up to 2,000 pounds. That’s a lot of weight! A couple drops did secure the light cord to my mannequin’s hand. (It dries very quickly so you have to watch where you put your fingers!) I pressed the cord firmly into the glue for 30 seconds and that was that.
Since the mannequin’s joints articulate, I intended to use some glue to keep him permanently positioned how I wanted him. However, the tension in his joint was tight enough to hold his position. Also, it’s fun to change up his position.
I had so much fun making my DIY table lamp that I want to share the fun! I’m giving away a $100 Visa gift card to one lucky winner –so you can make your own lamp too!
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Thanks to Krazy Glue for sponsoring this post. Good luck y’all!
Neat. You could also stain the wood for a different look.
Jessica H says
I love this! I might make one to give as a Christmas gift!
So cool! This could go with different home decors. I have a little mannequin and a small bulb I may try making a miniature too!
Ellen Casper says
What a fun and unique lamp!
Kay Mc says
Such a fun project! Thanks for sharing it. I think my grandson would love one of these!
Sharon H says
This is adorable, I might have to try this!
Debby J says
carol clark says
that is unique looking and if it was possible cutting a piece out on the bottom and making it a small draw for hiding jewerly if it would work might not
Ginny J says
You are so creative and talented. I wish my mind worked like yours.
Such a cute lamp. I call these in and out projects. Very satisfying. Enjoy your blog.
Very cool for a child’s room also.
Rhonda rutherford says
Andrea Greco- Freveletti says
Awesome. I AM MAKING ONE OF THESE.
If one were adept at making mall clothes, it might be a fun thing to make them for holidays. events. or just for a fun display. So many possibilities for going farther but as it is, it is still a very good looking lamp.
Michelle Dry says
Pretty neat how you can move it around.
Bernadette varner says
I love this! All the different poses are so cute!
This is pretty cool. I need to get back to making fun things like this. It can’t be all reno all the time!!! Wish I had someone to make this for. Great tutorial.
I think leaving the joints unglued is the way to go! It looks way more fun to have different poses.
Such a fun project! I’m doing over my 15 year old son’s room and something like this would be really cute in there!
It is nice to have a few quick projects on the back burner and handy for when you need to pause and have a brain break on a bigger project! I find little projects to do with the Grandkids and the lamp looks like a perfect one! Thanks
Tani wojcik says
Thanks for the great idea and clear instructions!
Magalene Mitchell says
Genius idea. Love it!
Bill Evans says
Cute lamp, would make a great gift.
Really a nice idea, and simple to make. You could
even make a lamp with three mannequins holding
up a light. Gets my creativity going! Thank you.
Sharon Flasche says
I love this lamp I intend to steal your idea and make one of my own.
Becky m says
I love learning from you! You go girl!
Mary STewart says
Amazon is sold out of that mannequin but I know I can find it elsewhere. I see it made with a tiny tutu, a simple rose crown on its head and ballet slippers for my 11-year-old granddaughter. She’s been in training with the Houston Ballet since she was 5! Super cute!
Mandy Casey says
My girls would have so much fun painting that lamp!
Mandy Casey says
Thank you again!!! I’m so excited to make this!
That is so cute. I have one of those wooden men and he just stands around doing nothing!
My grandson would love this lamp in his room! AND it’s a project he could do with me!
Michelle Marie says
Enjoy reading your blog !! 🙂
Very cool! Inspirations for a few other ideas!
Ronda Batchelor says
What a clever idea!
Carly Williams says
Love that lamp! What a great idea!
What a wonderful imagination you have! I love the mannequin lamp!!! I can think of so many fun things to do with it Thank you for sharing!!! ♥
Malcolm Starling says
Very Cool Lamp!
aLISON s says
This is a very fun and creative lamp! Thanks for sharing.
Jessie G says
I what a neat lamp concept.
I love him!
Cathy johnson says
Such a fun project and very unusual!
I love it how cute. My grandson will want one
My Grandkids would like one of these.
Maryann Smith says
alicia gordon says
that is really cool!!! I love the whole concept of the lamp. i think it is very creative!
Katie C. says
I NEVER would have thought to do this with an artist’s mannequin! Your project is incredibly creative.
Love it such a unique piece!!
Karen Peterson says
I love this project. So cute!
Sophia C says
So fun, go to have it!
Barb H. says
My daughter had one of these mannequins for drawing when she was in school. I’d love to make this lamp for her new home. Fun to change the pose too.
Jessica Mcfarlin says
i love diy projects but this one is so unique I love it!
Very creative; i might try it!!
Such a cute lamp!!!
Carol Burgess says
Very cool. Love it
Sandra smith says
I would love posing the lamp in a new position every day. Such a cute idea!
Kristin C. says
Great instructions! I’m making one
Wow! What a fun idea!
Rita Hays says
I have one of these mannekins. What a great idea to use it!
Hey Sawdust Girl!! Your lamp is clever and charming. What I want to know, tho’, is about that wrap-around headboard in the pic. I can do the tufted upholstery. Is the frame YOUR build- or bought? Thanks.
I bought it. When pricing out linen fabric and foam, it wasn’t cost effective for me to build my own. I searched online for the best price I could find and ordered it. Don’t even remember from where.
Well, drat. That angled headboard wing would be a good way to stop my pillows from shifting off-kilter when I’m reading in bed. Still, thank you kindly for responding so quickly and have a blessed weekend.
Kelly Smith says
So cute and fun!
This is really cute!
Great idea and good step by step pictures/instructions.
Definitely making this for my son’s room! So cute!
Brenda Haines says
This is one of the most creative lamps I have seen. You did such a good job on it!
Latonya ramsey says
Such a beauiful creative lamp. I love it
Renate Wolfe says
Thank you for sharing. I LOVE this idea. My daughter has a mannequin…think we can do this project together.
John Heavey says
Kelly D says
I love this lamp idea! It’s great that you can adjust it too.
Candace Harris says
I love the way the mannequin can be positioned. I’m going to try this!
Bobbi palmer says
Fun easy project, exactly what you need every now and then.
Rebecca b says
Love the lamp. I would love to my that in my room.
Patti McGarry says
Wouldn’t it be fun to make a “his” and “hers” for the master bedroom?!
And my grandson would love one of these as well!
No way! That lamp is amazing. I gotta make a cool DIY lamp like that!
I’ve got a thing for unique lamps, clocks, and chairs, made from unexpected, preferably free (or close to it) stuff, and always off the wall. Except for the clocks. Sometimes they’re on the wall. Cool idea — and the challenge begins! >:-D
Winter Mccarn says