How to Make A Cool Lamp Out of Old Toys

It’s the perfect way to repurpose damaged or discarded figures, and the results can be amazing.


THE EYE-POPPING lamp pictured here is the creation of a crafty artist who goes by the name jessyratfink. She’s posted over 500 DIY projects on the free website Instructables, but this particular one really caught my eye, for three reasons:

  • It’s wonderful!
  • I was able to more or less figure out how it was made just by looking at it.
  • In a world filled with toys, the storytelling and customization possibilities are endless.

Now, serious collectors will gasp at the thought of figures being used this way, and as a collector myself I would not do this with just any toys. But I frequently find chewed-up or broken dolls at garage sales and flea markets, and I can’t think of a better way to repurpose them. Even dollar-store plastic can become something much more if you get creative.

Just imagine the cool points you’ll score when you give someone a one-of-a-kind toy lamp as a gift!

Watch the brief video below for a demo, then visit for step-by-step instructions.

And if you decide to create a lamp of your own, please share pictures with other Wonder Alliance readers on Twitter!


FIRST STEPS: Here’s all you’ll need. Watch the demo below.

Images and video: jessyratfink/Instructables/YouTube



Stephen Vincent D’Emidio is the editor and publisher of Wonder Alliance.

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