How to make a Mickey lamp post!

Mickey Lamp PostI’ve had requests for these instructions ever since I posted Birth of a Mickey Lamp.  Like I said in that post, our friend Gary made ours as well as several others.  They’re very popular in campgrounds as well as out front of homes; in fact, Linda asked me last December after touring Fort Wilderness (as part of a press event, lucky grumble grumble) if these lamp posts are a requirement in FW.  Why, yes they are.  You have to have a certain ratio of lamp posts per campground circle.

So help fill the quota and make your own Mickey lamp post!  You’ll need a few parts, some power tools, homeowners insurance that covers fires caused by your poor electrical wiring, someone standing by to call 911, and a strong thirst for magic and glory!

Or a friend like Gary to do it for you! (and no, I won’t give you his email address.  That’s not fair to him.)

Here are Gary’s instructions — I added some helpful comments    :

How to Make a Mickey Lamp

All the parts you need are available at Home Depot.

The Parts to make a Mickey Lamp Post

The Parts to make a Mickey Lamp Post

The key parts are:

Quantity Name Home Depot

Product Number

1 12 inch acrylic globe 022678331576 $15.96
2 6 inch acrylic globes 022678331620 $5.89
1 Globe holder (fitter) 022618331569 $9.49

[If you’re having trouble finding them, scroll down towards the bottom of this post for more details on how to get them.  Now, to put it all together:]

1:  Begin with the 12 inch globe. Apply masking tape across the top of the globe along the center line in order to mark the centers for the holes needed to mount the smaller globes. Draw a line at the “top dead center” of the lamp and then measure down 4 inches on each side and make another mark. This will mark the centers for each ear hole, they should be 8 inches apart.

Mickey Lamp Step 1

2. Drill a small lead hole for each ear and then use a 3 ¼ inch hole saw to cut the ear holes.

Lamp Step 2

[Did you do it right?  If so, proceed to step 3.  If not, head back to Home Depot for more parts and go back to step 1.]

3.  Remove the tape and glue the smaller globes into these holes, clamp until the glue is set. (Gary uses LePage’s Flexible Plastic Cement.  It comes in a tube, like airplane glue or styrene glue.  We’re not sure if it’s available in the US or not, but any sort of styrene or acrylic cement should work just fine.  He prefers a squeeze tube since it’s easier to apply.)

Lamp step 3

[What?  You glued your hand to the lamp?  Fingernail polish remover will take care of that.  Go to a drugstore or supermarket.  Once you’re free, catch up to the rest of us in step 4.]

4.  Attach a standard plug to the globe fitter.

Lamp step 4

5. Now you need to attach the globe fitter to the post.  I used a 2 inch piece of ABS drain pipe as my post.  The mount is simply a connector which joins 2 pieces of this pipe.  First remove the three clamp screws from the fitter:

Lamp Step 5

[Gary said simply so you had no problems with that step. Right?]

6. Insert the ABS connector in the hole on the bottom of the globe fitter and drill small lead holes through the holes where you removed the clamp screws.

Lamp step 6

[You drilled through WHAT?  Oooooo. I hope you have bandages handy.  Moving on.]

7. Use small screws to attach the connector to the globe fitter.  This piece will now slide on and off the ABS drain pipe which will be your post.

Lamp step 7

[Even I can do that one, peeps.]

8.  Now drill a ½ inch hole about a foot from the bottom of the ABS pipe and feed the power cord up through the pole.  Add a female receptacle to the end of the cord and you are done.

[See, done!!

Well, not quite, but the rest is easy peasy.]

9. Plug the fitter into the female receptacle you just added, slide the globe fitter onto your post and install a 25 watt frosted light bulb.  Place the globe on the fitter and enjoy your lamp.

You will need to devise a base for the lamp.  I used a cast metal base for a patio umbrella (WalMart – about $20.00).  You simply use a chisel to knock off the nut which holds the retaining bolt and the ABS post slides over the post on the umbrella base.  I secure it with two long bolts and wing nuts.  Be sure that your base is heavy enough to prevent your lamp from blowing over.  The umbrella base has worked very well for me.

[Better than the base John and I first used.  It was too light, blew over, and smashed the Mickey head.  We had to beg Gary for his help again.  That’s why I can’t give you Gary’s email.  He changed it in case we broke this one.]

On my last few lamps I have added smaller bulbs to illuminate the ears as well as the larger globe.

10. Begin with a piece of metal strapping, about 4 inches long.  Bend about ¼ inch on each end so that the ends will create a “friction grip” on the flange of the 6” globe which is now visible inside the 12” globe.

Make 2 of these pieces, one for each of Mickey’s ears.

11. Cut a length of outdoor Christmas lights so that you have 2 socket and enough cord on one end to attach a plug.  Use pop-rivets to attach each socket to one of the metal straps you just made.  Attach a plug.

Your assembly should look like this.

Lamp step 11

12.  Here is a detailed look at the light socket riveted to the strap.  Note the 90 degree bends in the ends of the strap which provide a “friction grip” on the flanges of Mickey’s ears, inside the larger globe.   Bend them to provide a snug fit and just press them on.

Lamp step 12


[Scoff at your friends and family that said you couldn’t do it!  Buy your friend who secretly did all the work a very nice gift!]

Here is more detail on the product codes (Home Depot) for the hard to get components:

12″ acrylic globe – SKU 312840

UPC 022678331576 Part # CP1265

Vendor – Adjusta Post  – Price $15.96

6″ acrylic globe – SKU 312884

UPC 022678331620 Part # CP3086

Vendor Adjusta Post – Price $5.89

Globe Fitter – SKU 348480

UPC 022678331569 Part #CP1721P

Vendor Adjusta Post – Price $9.49

If you cannot get them through your local Home Depot, perhaps your store can order them in for you or do a look-up to see if they are stocked in a nearby store. The Home Depot near the Florida Mall stocks all the parts and always has plenty on hand.  Details of that store: 7423 Southland Blvd., Orlando, FL 32809  (407) 859-3500

If all else fails, call the manufacturer Summit Lighting (a division of Adjusta Post), 3960 Summit Road, Barberton, OH 44203-1052.  Their Customer Service number is (800) 321-2132.  Maybe they can direct you to a retailer in your area.
Gary's Mickey Lamp Post————————————————————————————————-
Here is a picture of Gary’s finished lamp.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Gary for not only making our lamp post, but for nicely giving me these instructions to post!

Good luck to all those Mickey Lamp makers out there!  And once again, no I won’t give you Gary’s email address!


21 responses to “How to make a Mickey lamp post!

  1. Pingback: Birth of a Mickey lamp! « Laughs and Rants from My Inner Child

  2. I love your comments . . . had a chuckle!

  3. Your directions are fantastic …only need to know what type of glue you used please.
    Have a magical day,

  4. Gary uses LePage’s Flexible Plastic Cement. It comes in a tube, like airplane glue or styrene glue.

    Not sure if it’s available in the US or not, but any sort of styrene or acrylic cement should work just fine. He prefers a squeeze tube since it’s easier to apply.

  5. the sku #’s aren’t current for the 6″ acyrlic and the globe holder…
    I just wish I could find all this stuff without special ordering it…
    I am determined to get this done before the camping season starts….

  6. oops…. I stand corrected…. the parts are there … but you just have to beat around the bush to find them… They are still a special order… but it’ll be worth it

    • you can find everything at home depot. no special order. I am using a milk can painted black yellow and red. should be good.

  7. I want one, will someone make and ship me one, single mom no tools ..

  8. Fantastic directions, thanks. I’ve made one, and about to make another by request from another family member. If anyone lives close to a Menard’s (similar to Home Depot or Lowes), they sell a globe kit which includes both the globe and the fitter together, removing the need to locate those items separately.

  9. Thanks for posting the details! Had a great time making it was not that hard to do just takes time.

  10. Question. I cannot find the black post/tube that is used for the stand. I have been to Home Depot and Lowes in Kissimmee, FL. All they had was white PVC pipes Help!

  11. Kelly, Wow . . . I’m surprised! I’ve checked Home Depot stores throughout the Orlando area and no one has ABS pipe. Builders in the area must use PVC exclusively. So I guess her best bet is to buy the PVC and paint it . . . or buy the pvc online. My only worry is that the paint won’t hold too well. Most paints don’t stick well to plastic! 😦

  12. Hello, the globe I bought has the lip at the bottom just like the smaller globes and it will not go over the globe fitter. I ordered it from Home Depot. Is this the wrong one? Thanks

  13. All the supplies can be bought at Home Depot. The pole assembly I bought is for a front yard globe pole. You can email me for pictures of mine. It came out great. I use a color changing LED light with remote control for my light. It has a photo eye so it comes on at dark. Kids to Seniors love it.

    • Would love to see pictures of yours. Like I said I bought all of my supplies at Home Depot. I cut the holes for the ears glued them on. When it came time to put it on the globe fitter it will not go over it. My globe has the lip at the bottom just like the 6 inch globes.

  14. Sorry about that I didn’t put my e-mail on that post!

  15. Using my existing lamp post that is hard wired out by the driveway for this project. Also using some of the LED tape in the hopes it will resemble the Glow With The Show ears.

  16. what is the best plug to attach to the globe fitter? Do I need to find a plug with a ground wire?

  17. We just made the Fort Wilderness Christmas Light tour. Rented a golf cart-lots of fun. I had the same reaction to the Mickey head lamps….”I have to have them”! Thank you for your info.

  18. Just finished mine. Thanks for the detaled build directions.

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