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DIY Zip Tie Lamp: Modern Art on the Cheap

by Paul Strauss

If you set your mind to it, you can make a lamp out of just about any material you can think of. While I was perusing the pages of Instructables, I came across this unique and eye-catching modern ceiling lamp, made almost entirely out of zip ties.

Instructables Community Manager Audrey Obscura created this wild hanging lamp from roughly 1200 red 8″ zip ties. In order to put together the giant mesh of nylon, she would connect groups of 8, 12, and 16 zip ties at a time into a ring shape, then gradually assembled each of those to form the larger structure of the lamp. It’s kind of like doing crochet, but with zip ties.

The light fixture itself consists of a laser-cut mounting plate at the top, with some holes cut into it for hanging wires and candelabra bulbs. If you make your own, you can arrange the inner lamps any way you’d like, though I’d recommend using cool-burning LED bulbs to reduce the risk of melting your zip ties.

If you’re interested in building your own zip tie lamp, check out the full build details over on Instructables. Amazon has some great deals on color zip ties, and it looks like you could do this entire project for under $50.



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