Here’s How You Convert an IKEA Lamp Into the Death Star

A crafty TikToker shared his Death Star IKEA lamp conversion and it’s quite something. While perusing the mazes of IKEA, you may even have seen this “exploding” lamp and had the same idea. Now we have confirmation that it works. In between buying cushions you don’t really need and snacking on meatballs, you could also be upping your Star Wars fandom game.

Sometimes it takes 15 minutes to explain a cool build. But this one is just 15 seconds and seems totally reproducible. Buy the lamp, spray paint it grey, then add black vinyl tape. There are other builders out there who shared more detailed instructions for those who would find that helpful.

Sadly, the base is just called the IKEA PS 2014 pendant lamp and not something like Nömun. The official description, however, does say that the design is “inspired by science fiction movies.” So this could very well be the ultimate purpose for this lamp! IKEA’s social media team even shared it in the Star Wars Day post below back in 2015.

As suggested in the TikTok video’s comments, the pull cord that opens the lamp really should be a mini X-wing fighter. How awesome of an addition would that be? And while we did see multiple videos converting the lamp to the Death Star, we didn’t come across any designs to turn it into Alderaan. Too soon? 

Two screenshots of an IKEA lamp made to look like the Death Star that opens and looks like it's exploding

There are many other ways to incorporate your favorite fully operational battle station into your home decor. Like a themed tree topper or cheese board. You could always drop $150,000 on this Death Star watch. But maybe stick with this gigantic beach ball. Or follow the steps to convert an IKEA table into the ultimate Star Wars workstation to build other crafts.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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