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DIY Fun Kids' Lamp

Parents: This project is appropriate for ages nine and up but parental supervision for the glue gun and spray paint is recommended

There is a saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Whether it’s old toys or discarded housewares, I’ve found there’s always a way to take something old and make it new.

For this project, I found a collection of Matchbox cars at a local flea market. The previous owner’s mother was sad to see these well-loved toys go but delighted when I told her I planned to upcycle them.

The lamp was another unwanted piece from a friend. She didn’t want to throw it away but didn’t think anyone would want to buy it. After a week of these items lying around in my art room, I found myself inspired to create something unique for my girls’ bedroom—the “Lampborghini”.


  • Damp cloth
  • Table lamp
  • Matchbox cars
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint in two colours  (one for the base and one for the shade)
  • Facemask
  • Newspaper or plastic bags (to protect your work surface)


  1. Dust off the lamp and Matchbox cars using a damp cloth
  2. Remove the lampshade from the base
  3. Use the masking tape to protect the lamp cord and light bulb socket so they won’t get covered in paint
  4. With adult supervision, hot glue the Matchbox cars to the lampshade. You can glue them vertically or horizontally
  5. Make sure your workspace is fully protected with newspaper or plastic bags, and spray paint the lampshade and cars with your first colour. Don’t  forget to wear your facemask for protection
  6. Spray paint the lamp base with the second colour
  7. Let both parts dry overnight. You can spray on a second coat if needed, but make sure to let it dry again
  8. Reattach the lampshade to the base and remove the masking tape. Enjoy your fancy new light!

Get Creative  What other well-loved toys could you repurpose into a fun lamp?

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