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Leg Lamp - A Christmas Story by billybob884 Leg Lamp - A Christmas Story by billybob884
It may not be exactly in keeping with my tradition of paper-based art (though that was my original idea, at least until I really thought about longevity), but itís a fun little project none-the-less.

For those that don't recognize it, it's the notorious Leg Lamp from the classic Christmas movie, A Christmas Story. It's a bit of a tradition with my family; we watch it every year over the holidays, usually several times. And shame on you if you haven't seen it!

You can buy these in various sizes, but the full-sized 40"-50" (100-130cm) models are upwards of US$200. Thanks to the internet however, I was able to build mine for half that! The mannequin leg was about $20 off eBay, the lamp fixture for $10 on Amazon, for the wood base I sanded and stained an old stool seat, the lamp shade I got from Lamps Plus for $37, and the high heel off eBay for $22.

The leg was... somewhat creepily the easiest piece to get; it was the first result on eBay at the time. The lamp shade was probably the most difficult, trying to find something that matched reasonably close without breaking the bank... I had to manually add the little tassels along the edge myself though. Also, she's about a size 7 shoe, in-case anyone cares ;)

My parents had identical reactions to those of the parents in the movie; my mom rolled her eyes and gave me a "this is what you spent the last two days working on?" look, and my dad laughed and spent the rest of the day quoting the movie. One for two, not bad :D


Here are a couple of shots of it in the making




You'll shoot your eye out, kid.
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:iconblueiii96:
blueiii96 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Oh and what size shoe did you get?
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billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Honestly don't remember... I think it was around a 9? Women's shoe sizes aren't exactly consistent from manufacturer to manufacturer though, so that really doesn't mean much
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blueiii96 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Could you possibly tell me what size shade you got? The base width and the height?
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JulieKrizan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
asflsj;lasfj

WIN
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Old Man: "You know what this is? This is a Lamp!"
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billybob884 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Frah-gee-lay! Thats i-talian!
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AprilONeil1984 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I love watching A Christmas Story! I got a lamp like that as a Christmas gift!
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EozRedavni Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Artist
Freakin love this movie. We watch the marathon on tbc (I think that's the right channel... Maybe it's abc family) every year.
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Three-P Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Fra-gee-lay. Must be Italian.
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MingotheMerciless Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
That's pretty cool you made your own. About 8 years ago somebody started selling leg lamps, and used the money to buy the house in Cleveland used in the movie and remodeled it to look exactly like it did back then.
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billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Yea I heard about that, supposedly you can go visit it, but i don't live even remotely close enough...
I've gotta break mine out soon, too!
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buddyman2011 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Awsome man wish I could find that lamp shade? lamps plus no longer sales that shade
my uncle watches that movie every year I'll find that shade some where and make one
very nice very nice
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billybob884 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
It doesn't have to be that one exactly, mine isn't a perfect match to the movie either, it was just the closest (and cheapest) I could find. shop around, maybe you'll get lucky somewhere else
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Athey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha - oh this is just so damn epic. Love it.
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TheLetterR Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
This looks really cool! I have two prosthetic legs and just thought, damn, that is so cool!
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xmdz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, you'll run the bill up!
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Mastermindhunter Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
NOT A FINGER!
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Blackllama1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Nice!
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Allhallowseve31 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
They sell small one of it in the store's

I did find and inflatable one for $89 online would look great in the front yard for the holidays . But my wife said no !!
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billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
yea, but if you want a full-sized one u gotta pay big
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Allhallowseve31 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
LOL a pdo well work just find ..

Thanks
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billybob884 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
lol sorry, not for this one
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permaink Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
hahaha!
Awesome!
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Sunagirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student
Wow... just wow.
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Alice-in Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its just like a karakasa-obake with lamp and female legs.... lol
:O
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gizmogadget333 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
pretty crazy... i gotta show my cousin, she is obsessed with that movie!
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thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The Old Man: It's a Major Award!
Swede: Shucks, I wouldn't know that. It looks like a lamp.
The Old Man: It is a lamp, you nincompoop. It's a Major Award. I won it!
Swede: Damn, hell, you say won it?
The Old Man: Yeah, mind power, Swede; mind power.
Ralphie (Adult VO):The entire neighborhood was turned on.
The Old Man: Oh, you should see what it looks like from out here!
Ralphie (Adult VO): It could be seen up and down Cleveland St. The symbol of the Old Man's victory.
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thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats AWESOME!!!!!
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wilkin8977 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
i see now where you got the leg :D
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Astor-Reinhardt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Wow that is really close to the original. Nice job.
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Sh3ikha Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
LMAO! AWESOME! "JEALOUS! JEALOUS BECAUSE I WON!!!!!"

I watch that every Christmas to! I think everyone does...LoL
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