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Want to bring Minecraft into the real world? We show you how to make a Real Life Minecraft Torch from wood and acrylic that can change colors! Come see how you can make one of these cool Minecraft torches for yourself!

  1. Cut Some Squares
  2. Color Acrylic Flame
  3. Add Lighting Kit

1. Cut Some Squares

If you’re not familiar with the video game Minecraft, it is a pixelated, world-building survival game. You exist in a world full of basic resources that you craft together to make progressively better resources. One of the most basic resources needed to light the night is a torch. These torches are a necessity in the game and besides lighting the darkness, they keep the bad guys away. My kids absolutely love playing Minecraft and I want to give them some torches in their room to light the darkness and to keep the bad guys away.

First, I need to cut up some 1.5″ walnut cubes. Rather than just cutting a long rectangle, I want to mimic the pixelated look of the game. Before I glue up the cubes into a long rectangle, I want to knock off some space in the middle to make room for the lamp kit I’ll add later. For the flame, I cut up some clear acrylic squares that will be colored to match the game. These flat pieces will get glued together into a cap that will sit atop the wooden torch handle.

2. Color Acrylic Flame

With all the acrylic squares cut, I want to color them a mixture of white, yellow, and orange. I started dyeing them with heated Rit dye, which didn’t work. My best results came from using alcohol ink spread across the sanded pieces. Sanding the pieces first not only allows the ink to penetrate, but it diffuses the light from the bulb within. I then used some acrylic cement to weld the colored squares together into a cube shape. I’m super happy with the acrylic flame for our Minecraft torch, it looks really cool.

3. Add Lighting Kit

Now that the flame is made, the wooden torch handle is glued up, I can add the lighting kit. There are a few ways to add lighting to the Minecraft torch. I am choosing to mount the torch on the wall and use 120v power from an old light switch box. The bulb I plan on using is a Phillips Hue bulb so I can control the light remotely. This bulb can also change color on demand so it can look like a regular Minecraft torch or a Soul Torch or a Redstone Torch.

Mounting the lighting kit involved hot gluing a large washer to the bottom of the receptacle and cutting the wooden handle at an angle so it sits in the wall correctly. To secure it to the new wall box, I cut a keyhole in the the torch and predrilled a hole in the bottom face. These mounting points will allow me to secure the box in the wall and then mount the torch to its existing screw holes. All that was left was to screw in the bulb and hook it up to my wifi system.

Major Cool-Dad Points

I think the Real Life Minecraft Torch is super cool looking. Most importantly, my kids think it’s cool. We have been using it as a nightlight in my boy’s room and looks fantastic. I really like playing Minecraft with my kids and I’d love to make more items from the game in real life. If you have any suggestions for items that we should make, let us know on social media @iliketomakestuff.