How to Make A Dump Truck Light for under $10!

Updated: July 2, 2023

For one of my design classes, our assignment was to design a light for under $10. At first, I thought, how am I ever going to do this for under $10.00? So I put my creative thinking cap on, searched images on Google, brainstormed with a buddy, and came up with this….

My youngest son who was 4 at the time loved everything trucks. What 4 year old boy doesn’t love trucks. So I made him this dump truck light for less than $10.00 using a Tonka truck that I had as a hand-me-down, also hand-me-down DUPLO.  The only thing I needed to buy was the light from Ikea for $6.00 which fit into my $10.00 budget perfectly!


I measured a hole that would fit the light fixture minus the light bulb and marked the spot accordingly and cut it out.


I used a lamp I bought from Ikea for $6.00  Before you cut, make sure the lamp will fit the hole.


I added duplo because of the big colorful sizes.


I put the light in the hole, add the bulb, shade and duplo, and you have yourself a dump truck light.

My son ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT and had it for years until he grew out of it.


Click here to see the post featured on Ikea Hackers

When my son grew out of the truck era, I redid his room in a Sk8Park theme. Click here to see his new room!


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I grew up learning how to read blue prints, going on construction sites and helping my dad, an Engineer|General Contractor|Co-Owner of a Design|Build|Engineering firm pick out paint colors for his buildings. Since 2006, I have been styling & staging hundreds of homes to make them look like they belong in a magazine page whether the client is styling to stay or staging to sell. 

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