How to Make a Miniature Working Lamp Post

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How to Make a Miniature Working Lamp Post
Lamp posts are a great item to include in any miniature model. (Lamp post image by Hedgehog from

When creating a model of a town or city, it is important to create lighting for the streets. Miniature lamp posts placed throughout the model along different streets will provide great lighting to the space. Making a working lamp post using old white Christmas lights is the easiest method. Christmas string-light lamp posts allow model creators to easily change the light bulb if it burns out without having to create a new lamp.

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Things you need

  • Small white Christmas string lights
  • Wire cutters
  • Electric tape
  • One 1/4-inch dowel rod, 3 inches long
  • Small drill bit
  • Drill
  • Small hand saw
  • Super glue
  • Paint
  • Crafting paint brush

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  1. 1

    Drill a hole through the centre of the dowel. This will create a 3-inch-long path through which to string the light.

  2. 2

    Saw the dowel rod in half vertically to create two rainbow-shaped pieces. Set the dowel pieces aside.

  3. 3

    Cut the Christmas lights to size for the lamp. Find the first light on the string that falls on the end nearest to the plug. Use wire cutters to cut the rest of the lights from the string. Position the cut about one inch after the light.

  4. 4

    Apply electrical tape to the cut wire to seal the ends. Once the ends are covered with electrical tape, press the taped end close to the wire and tape it so the light is at the very end.

  5. 5

    Insert the wire into the cut dowel. Separate the two dowel sections, and lay the wire into the drilled groove.

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