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How to Transform an IKEA Lamp Into a Personal Death Star

Michele Debczak
MariaK64 via Instructables // CC BY-NC-SA
MariaK64 via Instructables // CC BY-NC-SA / MariaK64 via Instructables // CC BY-NC-SA

Most people might view this IKEA pendant lamp as a unique piece of home decor. Instructables user MariaK64 instead saw it as a delightfully geeky crafting opportunity. According to Geekologie, all it took was a quick paint job to transform the light into a miniature exploding Death Star.

The original lamp already lends itself to the epic design—when the cord is pulled, sections of the globe expand out in all directions. In order to achieve the intended effect, Maria first spray-painted the tiles light gray then covered the lamp in a Death Star pattern with masking tape. After spraying over the exterior with darker gray paint, the lighter gray lines beneath the tape remained. It requires a little more effort than buying a pre-made Death Star fire pit or Bluetooth speaker, but being able to blow it up without using the Force is well worth it. You can find Maria’s detailed instructions on Instructables and watch a video of the final product below.

[h/t Geekologie]