Sunday, October 12, 2014

DIY Paper Lampshade: Step-by-step - part 1

DIY Paper Lampshade: Step-by-step Tutorial

DIY paper lampshade, Diwali

I had committed to do a blogpost today in ArtsyCraftsymom's blogs collaboration for Diwali and till today morning I was absolutely clueless what was I going to blog about. And then I saw a picture of handmade paper/lanterns exhibition in newspaper, decided to visit the exhibition and purchase some handmade paper just to try something.

I saw handmade hakoba paper there and decided to make a lampshade out of it. I used two sheets of hakoba paper and one sheet of marble print handmade paper for this lamp. This being my first attempt with lampshade making, it was fraught with errors but still managed to make a shade which stands on its own. While making it I was still unsure whether it will come out as I want but despite mistakes I can say result is not disappointing at all. I made a long shade which is approx. 30 inches tall, you can make a smaller version if you want.

Materials used:
Hakoba Paper: 2 sheetse 
Marble print paper: 1 sheet
Wooden sticks: 4

Here is step-by step procedure for those of you interested:

DIY paper lampshade: Step-by-step

Step 1,2: Papers used
Step 3: Cut strips of marble paper and fold in half vertically. Divide hakoba sheets in two pieces each.
Step 4: Glue hakoba on marble strip's one fold, keep other fold standing
Step 5: Similarly glue all strips and hakoba pieces. Do not glue last join.
Step 6: Since my lampshade is quite tall, I glued wooden strips on to the marble strips for strength. If you are making a smaller lamp, you can use cardboard instead of wood.
Step 7: Glue last join also to make a rectangle.
Step 8: Now glue horizonal strips on top as well as bottom. This will help to keep it straight as hakoba paper is a thin paper.
Step 9: A candle lit inside my unfinished lampshade.

Mistakes done: I attached horizontal strips in the end which made them slightly rounded. My advise to those of you trying to make it is please glue horozonal strips before joining vertical strips to hakoba pieces.

I still need to work on it and will be posting it in next post. Till then take care.

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