Upcycle An Empty CD Spindle Into A Desk Lamp

We've shown you how to turn your CDs into a lamp, now we're back to highlight an easy technique for turning the spindle itself into a neat little bit of ambient lighting for your desk.

This repurposing hack takes an old 100-count CD or DVD spindle and converts into an ambient light that accepts up to a 25w bulb (you could boost the brightness by using brighter LED bulbs but you'd raise the cost slightly in the process). To build it you'll need a few basic tools like a drill, screw driver, wrench, and some basic parts from the hardware store like washers, a small light bulb socket and wire. The pattern on the shade is customisable as it's simply a colour copy wrapped around the spindle.

Hit up the link below for the full instructions. For more ambient light hacks check out how to make a mega-lamp from small IKEA lamps, and DIY mood-lighting wine bottle.

CD Spindle Lamp [ReadyMade via Unpluggd]


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