DIY Lamp From Old Toys: Reuse old toys. You'll need a lampshade, a cord set and several small toys. Arrange the toys to form a nice looking base and bond them together using hot glue or any other glue you think would work. Don’t forget to put the cord through this base and fix a bulb on the top. Then you can cover the lamp base with several coats of paint and one coat of polyurethane lacquer.