One of the requirements for Piano Man’s Thomas Edison biography project is a prop.
Last year, I made Piano Man an architect desk out of cardboard for his Bill Patterson prop. That was one big prop to carry.
But for Thomas Edison?
Hmmm….I had to think about this one for a moment.
Then ding! I had a bight idea.
Make a Thomas Edison 3D Light Bulb Paper Prop!
Step 1. Print out Thomas Edison light bulb template.
You can purchase the template here in my shop.
Step 2. Cut out light bulb templates.
You will print out two copies of the light bulb template on white card stock paper. After printing, fold the along the lines of the light bulb before cutting. (You should have four light bulbs at this point.)
Step 3. Cut long rectangular strip on white card stock paper.
Step 4. Make the light bulb.
Glue four light bulb templates together. You will be sandwiching one side to another until all four pieces are glued (as shown below).
Glue long rectangular strip around the bottom of the light bulb, starting from the inside and wrap around the base of the light bulb. Then glue the end to the outside edge.
(Note: In my image, I used regular white xerox/copy paper. But I recommend using white card stock paper to create more stability.)
Step 4. Make a base.
Print the base in brown card stock paper. Be sure to cut out tabs as you cut along the circle template. It doesn’t need to be precise, but just enough so that the strip off brown card stock paper to create a base.
Cut another rectangular strip on brown card stock paper. I needed about three strips of brown card stock paper cut horizontally along the 11″ side of the 8.5″x11″ paper. The width for each strip should be about 1″ wide. I glued all three strips together. (Note: Your strip will be longer than you need it to be.)
To attach the strip to the circle base template, I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to secure it. But I am not a patient person, so I decided to use scotch tape to quickly work my around the base. I then cut off the extraneous strip and glued with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
Your brown “wooden” base should be complete.
Step 5. Connect light bulb to base.
Cut out a smaller circle with four tabs. It doesn’t have to be precise. Just small enough to fit inside the bottom of the light bulb. In my case, I used the backend of the screwdriver to create a circle. You can use a small bottle cap or compass to draw a perfect circle.
(NOTE: If you purchased the template, I included a circle with tabs template in the download.)
Cut, glue, and then secure to inside of light bulb.
Glue bottom of attachment piece and attach to center of base.
Step 6. Voila! Project complete!
Place it on your kid’s desk, or use it for a school prop like Piano Man. It’ll make a great addition to your budding inventor’s mind.
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From my hometown to yours,