Ikea Hack: City Light




This cute lamp brightens up your day!

Step 1: Materials

I used the FADO Table Lamp from IKEA. Of course, any lamp or light bulb from plain glass would work just fine.

First I bought the Sharpie China Marker, as it stated it would write on glass. That might be, but not on this one.
(btw, it does write and erase very well on plates and mugs)

Then I found the opaque paint marker from DecoColor, it works perfect! You probably want to buy the extra fine one, as the fine one is already pretty thick. And they come in many colors!

I tried to find a marker from the brand Poska, they would be ideal as well. Not sure if they sell this in the USA though.

So, you need:

  • 1 Fado table lamp
  • 1 opaque paint DecoColor marker

Step 2: Use Your Imagination!

Go ahead and pimp your lamp! Honestly, I used Pinterest to boost my creativity. If you want to write on your lamp, on creativemarket.com you find all the fonts you can think of.

It is hard to erase the ink. But a damp cloth can help to get rid of tiny mistakes. Oh, and just so you know, the ink takes little time to dry. Be sure not to wipe out wet ink.

Have fun!

Step 3: Side Note If You Like to Copy the Pattern

For Psisolak, Bubble739 and maybe you who want to copy the pattern:

I just drew directly on the lamp, I don't have a template... But here might be a solution:

  1. Print the panoramic photo, or any drawing you like. Make sure you have a 360 degrees image.
    Or just choose 1 picture and repeat the pattern (looks aways nice). Or draw just 1 image. All fine!
  2. Use tape to fix the photo on the inside of the light bulb
  3. Gently press the paper to the side, so that the drawing becomes more clear
  4. Draw!

Or I would be happy to draw one for you and mail it.

Good luck & have fun!



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29 Discussions

Katelijne verbeiren

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

hi! any chance you could send me a penguin drawing to make on the fado lamp?


2 years ago


I'm making this my first Instructable. :)

I'm thinking what about converting this to a led light + speaker?
Maybe a bluetooth speaker w/ moodlight? Would be great for students living in a small area like a dorm :-)

curly gurly

4 years ago

Btw the sharpie says "peel off," so maybe that's why it didn't work? Otherwise great instructable

Such a creative idea! It's really weird because a friend told me just yesterday that 'marker' can solve a lot of craft mistakes, problems! This is a great one :)

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Markers are cool indeed! I like the fact that everything you draw is 'for ever'. Otherwise I keep erasing every tiny mistake until nothing is left :-)


4 years ago

I really like this but have no drawing talent. any way you could trace one and post it? I have a friend in sf who would love this.

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Bubbie739B Takes a Bite

Reply 4 years ago

Pleeeeease send me the template as well, have granddaughter who works in SF and she would LOVE this for Christmas!

Not sure what you mean by that... I just draw directly on the lamp, I don't have the drawings on paper. Shall I send you more detailed pictures?

Bubbie739B Takes a Bite

Reply 4 years ago

My drawing ability is not the, do you suppose I could print the puctures and trace them on and then use tge black pen? I thought you had a pattern to follow. Any suggestions?

Hi Bubbie739 and Psisolak, I just wrote an addendum to the Instructable for you. Hope this works out! If I can help you further, just let me know.

All the best!


Reply 4 years ago

Apologies for the ooops, old lady with fat fingers on phone. Anyway, I love your SF skyline lamp.


Hi. Yes all I was looking for was the template because I cannot draw! Tacky you so much for the reply and keep up the creative work.


4 years ago

Complimenti. Mi piace così tanto che copierò il tuo progetto. Grazie ciao