The ”Fors(-å) of Nature” hack uses one IKEA Forså lamp to create two new lamps by using scrap branches. In dividing the two parts of the IKEA Forså lamp, the lamp arm from the lamp base, the hack consisted in finding a new set of lamp+base pairs. Any material can be used as a ”lamp base”, and basically anything can be used as a ”lamp arm” supporting a simple lamp lead that can be found in hard wear stores anywhere.


  • Scrap branches
  • IKEA Forså lamp or any other desk lamp with a arm that can be detached from its base
  • Wood Sealer+paint
  • Lamp lead
  • A 4mm wide/6cm long slotted screw
  • Something really heavy to use as a base
  • Some rope
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Paint brushes


Step 1 – Sawing & drilling
Make some clean branch cuts with the saw, then drill a hole where you want to stick the detached lamp ”arm” of the IKEA Forså lamp . For a neat fit – do make sure the diameter of the drill matches the diameter of the tip of the lamp.

Step 2 – Wood Sealer
Apply a coat of wood sealer to the branch cuts to avoid leaky stains through the paint. Leave to dry.

Step 3 – Painting!
Paint the branches in whatever color you like.

Step 4 – Putting the pieces together
Drill a hole into the bottom of the branch you want to fit to the IKEA Forså base. Screw the screw into the hole. Leave a 2 cm outer tip that will go into the slot of the IKEA Forså lamp base.


Step 5 – Some last tweaks
New ”lamp arm” for the IKEA Forså base –  use a basic lamp lead for  branch that is mounted to the IKEA Forså base. Simply let it hang from the branch, as the shape of the branch naturally had a arm-like quality.

New base for the IKEA Forså ”lamp arm” – The ”something heavy” in this hack consists of a concrete cylinder found at a construction site. The ”rope” is a synthetic leather strap from a local hardwear store. Tie the branch to the cylinder with the strap. Further stability can be added by reinforcing the”rope” construction.

Enjoy the results!

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