I Tried a DIY Moon Lamp, And I was Surprised About What Happened Next

Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by Nelson

In this day and age of countless trends, it gets a little difficult to keep up. That is mostly true especially if that latest trend will cost you a few hundred dollars. It’s a good thing that most of the time today, there will always be a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) version. Saw a great decor at the mall the other day? Log in to your computer and just search how to DIY it. I mean, everything (well, almost everything) can now be easily done at home with just a few tools and materials. If you on the other hand would prefer to save time and buy an awesome 3d printed Moon lamp, be sure to check our best Moon Lamp review!


Today, as we talk about trends and DIY, it’s all about the Moon Lamp.


We’ve all been through that phase when we were kids when we’d fill our room with glow in the dark stickers, mostly in the shapes of stars and the moon. Well, today it’s also the age of 3D Printing, which means that you get to have the real deal. Sure, all the 3D Printed Moon Lamps nowadays look stunning and so realistic. Of course that is because the companies that sell these moon lamps went through great deals to make their product authentic. Most of them based on NASA Satellite Data. All those 3D Moon Lamps sure look amazing though. Not only do they look beautiful, they’re also very efficient and special. Some 3D Printed Moon Lamps out on the market can be set to various colors and can be adjusted through touch control. There’s even this one moon lamp that even has a remote!


Now all of that is cool, but hey, if you’ve got the talent then why not use it? The real deal will mostly cost you a lot, anyway, so now I bring you a DIY.


Like with many other at-home crafting projects, a good thing to always start off with is an ideal picture or image of your project. Go on and search for a clear picture that you can use to base on. Then, of course, it’s time to check the materials you’re going to need. For our “3D” Printed Moon Lamp, we’re going to be using the following:


  • A large round balloon
  • Paper towel cut into strips (we need quite a lot, so make sure there’s extra)
  • Papier-mâché glue (or you can just mix 1 part water and 1 part Elmer’s Glue)
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic Paint (You can be as creative or as authentic, and if you choose the latter, then I suggest you go with gray and white colored paint.)
  • LED bulb or string lights


Once you have everything prepared, it’s time to get to work. First off, you need to inflate your balloon. Now, this can be as small or as big as you like so it’s really up to you. When that’s ready, apply the Papier-mâché glue or your own glue mixture to the balloon and then place the paper towel strips. You need to layer the glue and paper towels to the balloon, making detailed textures along the way. If you need a definite number, about 8 layers would be good. Don’t forget to leave a small opening at the bottom for popping the balloon and adding your light. After that, you need to let this rest. The Papier-mâché glue and the paper towel needs time to set and harden, so leave it for about 24 hours.


After the drying period, make sure to check if the layers have harden and if it did, carefully pop your balloon and pull it out. Now it’s time to get creative. Take your paint brushes and paint your moon. If you’re going authentic, here’s a tip: paint the most textured parts gray and then paint the entire moon lamp with white. The gray paint underneath will serve as a shadow once it’s lighted from within. Lastly, just add your light fixture of choice and voila, your very own “3D Printed” Moon Lamp!