More of a geek hack than a DIY, this is a quick five-minute project for Portal fans. And even in lamp form, the companion cube will not threaten to stab you. And, in fact, cannot speak.
In the event that the Companion Cube does speak, we urge you to disregard its advice. 🙂 Oh GLaDOS (and Portal), we love you.
Anyway, this is easy. First things first – go order THIS companion cube box from ThinkGeek. It’s generally on sale for $6. If you are anti-that for some reason, then you can definitely make your own with white posterboard and paint. We went lazy on this one, since our last project (hi, Claptrap!) was pretty time consuming. The only other thing you’ll need is a pendant lamp kit. We got ours at IKEA for $8, which included an energy efficient bulb that will apparently last pretty much forever.
Let’s assume you just ordered the box. We’ll fast-forward a few days, and it just arrived. Fun. Here’s what you do to make it into a DIY Portal companion cube lamp.
Cut the bottom off, including the flappy things.
Trace the base of the cord kit onto the top of the box. Cut it out. You also need to cut a hole in the flappy things underneath (you’ll see what we mean when you make yours).
Put the cord in the hole you cut on top, screw in a lightbulb. Like we said, this is really easy.
Hang it up. Turn it on. Done!
We like the soft glow it gives. The interior of the box is black, which we considered painting gold/silver/white, but we ended up liking it just the way it is.
What do you think?