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In my first DIY build Instructable, I am going to show how you can build simple design floating night lamp, which is easy to build and doesn’t require any advanced tools.

Full in depth build video:


  • Jigsaw
  • Clamp
  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wood glue
  • Square ruler
  • Ruler
  • Paint brush
  • 80-120 and 220 grit sandpapers
  • Scissors


  • 1.5 x 1.5 cm wood board ~210 cm length
  • 3 x 3 cm wood board ~60 cm length
  • LED Filament bulb 7W Warm White color ~700 Lumen
  • Bulb socket
  • Power cord with On / Off switch
  • Paint
  • Double side tape
  • A4 paper / color paper / binders

Step 1: Parts You Need to Cut From Wood Boards

Picture of Parts You Need to Cut From Wood Boards

Wood parts:

  • 8 pieces 1.5 x 1.5 cm x 13 cm
  • 3 pieces 1.5 x 1.5 cm x 25 cm
  • 1 pieces 1.5 x 1.5 cm x 23 cm
  • 4 pieces 3 x 3 cm x 12 cm
Jfieldcap8 months ago
Great looking and simple! I wonder if you could achieve an all-around floating look by using a small, heavy base directly in the middle, and lowering the distance between the bottom of the lamp and the table. You'd need to make some thin supports (ideally ones that will diffuse the light so that they don't cast shadows - that'd ruin the effect) to hold the shade up.
diyperspective (author)  Jfieldcap8 months ago
Thanks, that's a good suggestion! I already have idea how to achieve it. Maybe some day I make V2 of this lamp. :)
ZutA11 year ago

Thats so cool! Great build and clear instructions.

I will make one using an addressable LED PCB board with an ESP8266 and be able to remote control it using Apple Homekit.

I have been experimenting and think I will use waxed/oiled paper, which gives you an opaque look without colouring the light.

JohnC4301 year ago

when I read the title I thought it really was a floating lamp and was visualizing all kinds of magnetic levitation approaches, and then how to light the lamp? with solar and batteries??? etc., etc. Small disappointment, but yeah, it still looks "floating" and the approach is much simpler. Thanks for sharing.

diyperspective (author)  JohnC4301 year ago

Sorry for misleading title, I changed it from floating to "floating".

I am using standard light bulb which is often powered by AC power directly from the wall. In my case 220v.

no matter what, it is still a very nice creation.

diyperspective (author)  JohnC4301 year ago

Thanks :)

Thanks. I did not mean that it was misleading, but yeah, you made it clearer. I am an electronics engineer and have made many weird devices so my imagination took off and started designing the moment I saw the title even before I read the article.

diyperspective (author)  JohnC4301 year ago

Nah, it was a little bit misleading. The lamp has floating look, but it's not floating, so correct way of writing was - floating in quotes :)

Pra_ga1 year ago

Truly gravity defying :)

This reminds me of the lights under the cars in Fast & Furious :D

Putting a greenlight would give you Brian O'Conner Toyota Supra!

diyperspective (author)  Pra_ga1 year ago

Ha ha, yes! Good old times of F&F :)

mikea2571 year ago

Not commenting on the lamp which is pretty cool, but wanted to say I liked how you wrote it for someone who has very little experience. No step was left left out. Maybe the best instructable I have seen for the newbie.

diyperspective (author)  mikea2571 year ago

Thanks, that was simple project so it wasn't hard to write it. :)

LeslieGeee1 year ago

Thank you for sharing your project. Well done and easily accomplished. Plus I love the "no exotic tools needed" approach :)

diyperspective (author)  LeslieGeee1 year ago

Thank you. I will try to keep using simple (or affordable) tools in my
future instructables / videos, because more likely that most people
don't have full "arsenal" of advanced tools :)

some other materials which might work well and provide a bit of character to the faces are linen paper or very thin wood veneers. I did a lampshade a few months back with a cherry veneer as the material and it is quite nice; pleasant to look at with a redish tint that's perfect for getting the brain settled right before bed.

diyperspective (author) made it! myvisualcortex1 year ago

Linen paper sounds really good! I originally wanted to do those faces from a crepe paper, but it was way to hard to work with.

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Artuino1 year ago

nice project.very neat.

diyperspective (author)  Artuino1 year ago

Thanks :)

I just love your lamp design! The way the light comes out the bottom to make it look like it is floating is great! You should consider entering it in the Paper Contest :)

Thank you very much :)