These marquee-style lamps will brighten up your bedside
You will need
12mm thick ply board, B&Q
PST 18 LI jigsaw, Bosch
gold size, Annie Sloan
loose leaf copper, Annie Sloan
white and black paint
metallic furniture paint in gold, Rust-Oleum
Colours wood stain in walnut, B&Q
PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic drill, Bosch
Five-piece Forstner bit set, Screwfix
retro bulb battery fairy lights, Lights4Fun
hot glue gun
1 Start by constructing the main box of each light. For each, cut the following from ply: one 25cm square; two 8cm x 25cm pieces, and two 8cm x 27.4cm pieces. Place one of the 8cm x 25cm pieces flat along one edge of the 25cm square, positioning the edge of the square along the centre of the rectangular piece, and nail it into position. Do the same with the other 8cm x 25cm piece along the opposite edge of the square. Add the two 8cm x 27.4cm pieces to the two remaining sides, to create a framed box.
2 Coat the inside and outside of each side of the box with gold size, then follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply copper leaf to them. Draw a moon onto the square middle of one of the boxes, and a star onto the other. Paint each first with white, then metallic gold paint, covering the surrounding background with wood stain. Once dry, edge each shape with black paint to really make them stand out.
3 Lay the boxes down flat, painted side up. Unscrew the bulbs from each string of lights and position them on the painted shapes, then dot the placement of each with a marker pen. Move the bulbs aside, then drill through each mark using a 15mm Forstner bit to create holes. Screw the bulbs back onto the string through the hole, so the wire and battery pack is at the rear of the box with only the bulbs showing through the front. Turn the box over and use dabs of hot glue to secure the bulbs, wire and battery pack into position.
Scale this project up by using larger pieces of wood and bigger festoon lights.
Feature Sophie Holt
Photos Lizzie Orme