DIY Origami Lampshade
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If you have no idea what the One Room Challenge is all about, please visit Calling it home for the low-down and links to all the fabulously talented interior bloggers taking part!
I decided to join the One Room Challenge™ as a linking participant, as I needed a kick up the backside to redecorate my 5 year old daughter, Mia's room.
Being week 4 of the Challenge, It is all coming together now, and apart from some last finishing touches, like finishing off her DIY desk and making some funky cushions, it is pretty much done.
So today I am holding back a bit in terms of images of the room and instead showing you all how I made this DIY origami lampshade to fit in with our room design:
Mia had her heart set on one of these origami lamps from Studio Snowpuppe, but as it was not in our budget, I decided to DIY one....and it cost me less than £1 to make!!
£1??? I hear you say!! YEP! £1!!
I will show you how!
The MOST important thing to consider when you make a lampshade out of paper, is safety, So always fire-resist your paper before folding!
Then, I ironed the paper to make sure it was nice and flat (and fully dry) before I started gridding out the folding pattern on the back.
I have made this downloadable template, so that you can easily reproduce the pattern on your paper:
Tip: Print out a copy or two, cut out the sample pattern and use it to practice the folding on!
Ok...So that is the pattern you want to reproduce on the back of your paper:
When you have finished gridding out the folding pattern, cut off any excess paper, and you are now ready to start folding your lampshade.
If you have never done any origami folding before ,watch This video to get a basic understanding of "mountain" and "valley" folds .
And do practice on a copy of the template first, to get the feel of the folding!
I am not going to lie to you, it can be a bit tricky to fold, and very tricky to explain how, but I will do my best:
Now comes the tricky bit:
Step 2: Folding all the diagonal lines
It may help to lay the folded paper out, then using your fingers to gently pop the folds into shape...
You should now be able to see the shape of your lampshade when spreading the folds apart, like above.
This is for your cord to go through...
But before you pull the shape together, using the cord, tape together the paper (on the inside) to create a continuous hoop...
The origami shade is now ready for hanging:
Tighten the cords when the shade is in place on the light fitting.
NOTE! Use a low wattage light bulb to further minimize any risk of fire!
It turned out great, don't you think??
It is quite a time consuming make....and requires a lot of patience , but having saved more than £70 by making it muself: TOTALLY WORTH THE EFFORT!
I love paper lampshades as they give off such a nice glow, and I adore the geometry of origami...I just love it!
And so does Mia...She is very proud that her mummy has actually made the lampshade for her new room!
I am really looking forward to showing you all more of how it is coming together next week, and if you want to pop back on Saturday, I have a little tutorial on a fun decoration Mia and I've made for her room!