My house came with a media room, which we currently use as a playroom for our kids. I’m still trying to decorate it to look like a theater, and I spotted some cool spotlight lamps in a high end catalog. I was determined to recreate the look for less, and I think I succeeded. My spotlight is a huge hit with my husband and kids! Now I just have to make a few more! I found all the items I needed at the Dollar Tree.
- Camera Tripod, $1
- Pencil Basket, $1
- LED Push Light, $1
- Paper, on hand
- Glue, on hand
To make your own designer spotlight:
Step one: Cut a piece of paper to place inside the pencil basket. This will help focus the light.
Step two: Push the LED light into the pencil basket. Mine was too big to reach the bottom of the basket, but I pressed it in until it was stuck.
Step three: Glue the basket to the tripod. I used E-6000 initially but it wasn’t strong enough, so I used Aleene’s Jewelry and Metal Glue. It worked perfectly.
To use the spotlight, just push on the LED light to turn it on. Because it’s on a tripod, the spotlight can be adjusted. This would make a cute table side or bedside light. It’s modern and stylish, but without the hefty price tag!
This is soooo awesome!!! Just what I need to use for our teens Masquerade Ball! Will focus these around the DJ table!!!!
OMGSH–you have totally inspired me to make this and a big one too!
One could even spray paint the lamp to go with different decors! What a cool idea, thanks!
Janel @ Creating Tasty Stories
My daughter loves performing on stage. This would look great on her desk. Great idea!
Adorable. And looks easy enough that I could do it! Thanks.
Troy Crivellone (@sidepockettroy)
Awesome idea for halloween lighting as well, which is what we’ll use it for, to light up tombstones. we’ll just close the 3 legs into a single leg and slam it into the ground but still be able to use the tilting feature of the tripod!!!
AHHH! LOVE this so much. Such a fun, designer look. This is fabulous and I will be copying it :)
I am so loving this! I have never seen a camera tripod in a dollar store so i will get to searching :)
Whaaaat? That is so fabulous, I love it! I do believe you win the internet today, Morena!
I just can’t thank you enough for this idea! We’ve been needing lighting for our booth for arts & crafts shows, and we also have a banquet coming up, and these will be perfect! Got the supplies today. I think I’m going to try clipping a bit of the wire mesh in the pencil holder to screw the top of the tripod in. I may need a nut to secure it.
I was wondering, is the light from the LED lights bright enough to illuminate a window? I was thinking of potentially making a few of these for my Halloween window silhouette displays. Has anybody tired using them in this capacity? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
The lights from the Dollar Store (which I used here) would not be bright enough. I have seen LED push lights that are very bright and should work for the project you have in mind, but I haven’t tried it myself. Maybe a mini flashlight glued inside would work?
What a great lamp! I found it through Pinterest. For variation, you could place foil inside instead of paper and that would make it brighter. Also if you put coloured, transparent plastic over the foil, you’d have a coloured light. Just some ideas. :)