Tried & Made: Action Figure Lamps

28 July 2015

Today is a mix-up of Monday Made It and Tried It Tuesday. Why? Because I tried and made a craft which I kind of like. The idea comes from my friend, Alison, over at Rockin & Lovin' Learnin'.  She sent me a YouTube video on how to repurpose old lamps and turn them into ACTION FIGURE LAMPS (see it below).  She said I'd be a fool if I didn't do it.  She was right.

This was an incredibly easy craft and the total time took me less than an hour (I know).  And I didn't have to bedazzle anything...but I still could.

-A plain old lamp.  You probably have one from IKEA laying around.
-Hot Glue Gun
-Paint Tape (to cover edges and cord)
-Spray paint (color don't matter)

McDonalds toys are excellent choices.  Just check in that Happy Meal you just got.  My girls play with just about everything, so I picked a couple of action figures they wouldn't miss.  Side Note: I okayed it with them first.

I started like this.  Very simple. Pretty boring.
The key (for me) was to start with the big ones, and build up.  

Next, just start gluing the toys on.  
Use as much glue as you want.  
It doesn't matter.  Go crazy.
Don't eat the glue.

Once the glue is dried, take it outside to the garage and paint. I put two coats on.  You can do what you want, but two was plenty. As the paint dried you could really begin seeing all the details of the toys.

It does look pretty cool.  Now, I want one for my bedroom.

We had an extra lamp shade at the house, so I added it on top.  I don't know if I'm crazy about it, but it makes the whole ting pop a little more.  Oh look--it's a chevron pattern!

That's it!  Total time of actual work was less than an hour.  Even the gluing was quick and painless. I'm planning on creating a couple of more.  I'd like to try one with stuff animals...because we have 121,346 of those around the house.  I'll keep you updated.

This lamp is headed for my classroom.  Right now, I've got FOUR more like it in my classroom. I plan on updated all of those too.

***Another good idea would be using old school supplies.  I think I'll do that too.***




  1. You have done A LOT of really COOL things in the years that we have been bloggy buddies, but I'm pretty certain that this is by far my FAVORITE! I knew that you were the only person I knew that could make this happen perfectly. The way you staged the toys just captures your fun personality all in one spot! The kids at school are going to flip over this. I know it! I'm glad that you mentioned not to eat the glue. That's always really good advice.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Are you sure you can't eat the glue? I don't think that's great advice, Alison! ^ Haha! Seriously, how COOL are these? I would never think to do this. Students would go bonkers over these and I know a few adults who would too. Stuffed animals? I think I have you beat over here. I have some in garbage bags too that just are waiting to go to the dump and then I'm reminded of Toy Story. :(
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Seriously amazing!! Alison is a wealth of knowledge! :) I'm super impressed with your craftiness! You'll have to make more for your classroom once you bring that one in! Your kids are going to go nuts!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. I love your lamp-- it's unique but personalized to your kiddos tastes! Great idea! Was it hard to get the spray paint into all the spots between the toys?

    My Bright Blue House

  5. This might be the coolest thing I have seen in AGES.

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings


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