I am so happy to know that there are readers who got inspired by my 25 DIY-able Paper Light Shades post and even happier to receive an email from someone who actually tried doing one of the shades. Roxanne gave No.11 a try and ended up with an unexpected result. And yes, she glued each strip one by one. I wish I had her patience.
I had a go at making one of the lampshades..No.11.
After purchasing a paper lampshade, I stuck on individual strips of paper which I had pre-cut from A4 printer paper (about 30 sheets), carefully gluing along the wired spiral line of the paper lamp using PVA glue.
Well, halfway through the process, I realised I had made the mistake of holding the lamp the wrong way up when I started, but I decided to finish it off to see how it would turn out.
It took between 4 – 6 hours (that included 2 snack breaks and a couple of girly phone chats) to complete the whole thing.
Well, it looked just like the one in the picture you put up for No.11,that is when it was held upside down, but when I turned it over so that the lamp was the right way up and could be fitted properly with a light bulb. The result was really unexpected…GORGEOUS!!! (even if I DO say so myself!)
Remember, your paper lantern will have a large aperture and a smaller one. The larger one should end up at the top.
The moral of this tale? If you find you’ve made a mistake, dont give up, just keep going because some mistakes can turn out to be better than the original.
Unexpected, indeed! Reminds me of a sea urchin and a pineapple. I think it would also look great for parties with strips in different colors and hung in groups. Now I want to make my own version of this, a smaller one though so I’d finish quickly. Haha! Thanks for sharing, Roxanne.
If you’ve have your own version of paper light shades, please share it with us.
When I saw this DIY felt petal lantern from BecomingElizabeth, I instantly fell in love. As you know, I am crazy about DIY paper shades that’s why I made a collection of DIY-able paper light shade ideas to inspire myself and others as well. I just finished my own paper shade which you can read here, but when I saw this tutorial, I am itching to buy more lanterns to do this.
Isn’t it so pretty? She even did another version for her table lamp. Love!
I really do not want to buy anything for this house because like I’ve said before, we won’t be here forever and the house is showing more and more signs of deterioration everyday so it doesn’t deserve anything new. There are a lot of affordable pendant lights but I still don’t want to buy anything. The house might just ruin it. So all the hanging lights we have right now are the cheaper versions. Read here how we did it.
Anf now after several months of trying to think of an idea for those bare lights and after a couple of unsuccessful tries, I have finally finished the lights in our dining area! Yey!!!
But let me show you my first attempts just to let you know that DIYers don’t always get things right the first time.
This is my first attempt to create a paper lamp from scratch using a corkboard and lots of tracing paper. The idea was to create a round lamp using folded paper. I didn’t even get halfway when I gave up on this idea. I like the idea of folded tracing paper though.
The second one was an attempt to copy Nori Morimoto’s pendant lamp using formica edging strips (each strip was cut into 4 narrower strips without cutting it all the way) and the pinned on the cork board. I used an a potholder to support the cork board because all those strips were weighing it down.
I actually like this idea too but it looks a bit off when I hung it. Probably because it was too small for our dining table. I would have to improve on the design though but I will definitely do this again for another lamp. If you have a better idea, please share it with me…
Finally, tired of my bare lights, I found some cheap round paper lanterns from Daiso for P88/each. They have ‘victory’ and ‘zen’ written on it but I didn’t care, it will be covered anyway. So back to my first idea, I folded hundreds of paper and stapled it. I used hopia paper that I bought from National Bookstore (3 pcs for P12.75).You can use tracing paper too or rice paper or any thin colored paper.
I folded each sheet 5x to come up with 2″ strips, cut it then folded the strips again 2x so there were 4 smaller strips. As always, I didn’t bother making sure that cut them straight. They will be glued randomly on the lantern anyway . Once all the strips were cut, I stapled each. There were hundreds, I swear. Good thing Bryce was there helping Mommy out.
Using a glue gun, I attached the strips on the paper lamp, making the spiral wire as my guide.
Here it is halfway…
And the finished one… Yay!!!
Here they are side by side. As much as I wanted to take photos of our dining area with my new lamp, I just cannot come up with decent pictures. I will someday when there is better lighting in the house. But if you want to imagine how it looks like in our dining area, here’s an image of the dining room.
This is how the lamp looks like when not lit. Bad picture, eh?
Sorry, but I really can’t help it. This is it again in its lighted glory. I just loooove my paper lamp. Haha!
By the way, you can read this post for other “DIY-able” paper light shade ideas.