Try This: Jewel Case Bookshelf Lamp

Brighten up a room with this bookshelf lamp made from repurposed, nonrecyclable CD jewel cases.


| January/February 2011


Brighten up a room with this bookshelf lamp made from repurposed, nonrecyclable CD jewel cases. It's a snap to make!

Tools and materials 

5 identical CD jewel cases
1 yard organic eyelet fabric
Fabric pencil or chalk
Fabric scissors
Nontoxic spray adhesive
Adhesive craft tape (2 inches wide, silver or white)
Preassembled small lamp kit, 4.5 inches or shorter (available at most hardware stores)

How To 



1. Remove paper inserts from inside the cases, front and back. Pull out the tray piece that holds the CD in the case to remove the back cover. Once you’ve taken out the back cover, replace the tray.

2. Lay out eyelet fabric and use a fabric pencil or chalk to trace around one of the inserts 5 times. These fabric pieces will line the cases.







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