Looking for an interesting and useful craft for older kids?
Let them create their own personal lamp with craft sticks. Craft sticks are often used for child’s art like a simple photo frame. A craft stick lamp can be a simple box or a more complex design and may be used as a nightlight. For inspiration, take a look at what others have created.
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When working with a group of older children determine their designing experience. If they are new to designing, let them start off with a simple design and for those with more experience, a complex design such as a octagon.
An alternative to using a light kit is to use a battery operated LED light. This option does not require a light kit or drill.
Craft Light Lantern
Gather Your Materials
- Wood base
- Round drill bit
- Light kit (alternatives battery led or solar light)
- Craft Sticks
- Wood glue
Creating the Project
- Drill a hole in the center of the wood base. The hole needs to be large enough for the light cord to go through.
- Chisel out an area from the hole to the edge of the base to allow the base to sit flat.
- Secure the light fixture to the wood base the light kit directions.
- To create a simple box design start by placing two sticks parallel to each and then create a square by placing two stick opposite of the first two sticks. The ends of the sticks should overlap and this is where you need to apply the glue. Repeat these steps until you reach the height needed. Let the glue dry.
- You can leave the top open or close it by building the sticks closer to the center with each layer. Be sure to leave enough room to change a light bulb.
- Paint or stain as desired. You can also leave it unpainted for a natural wood effect.
- Spray on a varnish protective finish. Let dry.
Joy Campbell (author) from South Florida on February 12, 2013:
You are so welcome and have fun creating your own.
Warren Arcega from Las Pinas City, Philippines on February 12, 2013:
This is so cool! The thought of using craft sticks like these as lamps hadn't crossed my mind. Thank you so much for sparking up an idea.
carol stanley from Arizona on July 01, 2012:
Being a crafty person I found this craft really clever. It is always amazing to me what we can do with some very mundane items. Very creative.