Repurposed Children's Book Toy Lamp

June 25th, 2014 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
3 users recommend

I'm not the first to repurpose books to make a lamp, but I've always wanted to make one.  I've got tons of vintage children's books so I took some that have seen more "action" over the years to make this one.  I also threw in a vintage tin spin top toy and a retro aluminum party tumbler.  The wood base was custom painted and distressed in deep blue.  I also routed out a tunnel to the center to run the cord out so the whole piece would sit flush. 

Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian of
posted in: member junk, furniture, lamp, book, lighting, books, upcycled, repurposed, recycled, circus, painted, upcycle, custom, aluminum, reader, distressed, primer, bulb, Light, tumbler, recycle, mixed media, spin, repurpose, top, toy, kit

Comments (10)

Lauretta writes: I just love this lamp! The colors and whimsy makes me wish I made it!
Posted: 1:35 am on August 13th
gadgetsponge writes: Thanks so much everyone for the great feedback!! Go JMS! Posted: 7:22 pm on July 6th
EdwardThirlwall writes: Vintage books also work for nightstands, or drill them onto the wall as an ornamental storage display or even into a bookshelf. Posted: 7:43 pm on July 2nd
snelson4778 writes: So creative, nostalgic great recycle! Posted: 7:15 am on June 29th
StrangeCargo writes: Brian, as usual, well done! This would be great in a child's bedroom to maybe stimulate a life long interest in reading. Thanks.

Ken Posted: 1:45 pm on June 27th
birdcolor writes: Love, love, love this!
Posted: 6:47 pm on June 26th
JunkArchitect writes: It's the perfect repurpose and what amazing cool!


Posted: 4:17 am on June 26th
TinTinJunkFan writes: I love this lamp! Also, such a neat way to use that toy and the aluminum tumbler! I remember those... Posted: 9:26 am on June 25th
gadgetsponge writes: Thanks! That's my little nameplate that I put on all my creations so future owners can look me back up (and hopefully buy something else! Haha.) Posted: 7:54 am on June 25th
MakinItHappen writes: Cool lamp! I love children's books, but I have a hard time thinking up uses for them. This one is great. What is that little plaque on the base next to the cord? Posted: 7:51 am on June 25th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.