AN ORIGAMI LAMPSHADE
To make this paper lamp, I was inspired by the oriental art of folding paper and its principles. It sounds complicated, I know, but do not worry, we’ll make a chandelier and not a crane.
The cage lamps with geometric shapes dominate the scene for a couple of years, in the homes and on the decoration catalogs, but I, instead of spending money on something that will soon go out of fashion, I prefer to make industrial-style lampshades from me. If you think like me try to make this hexagonal lamp, ideal for decorating a modern living room. I have chosen this form but nothing prevents you from experiencing that of a diamond.
If you like the idea, look at our tutorial that shows you how to make a ceiling lamp with straws step by step. I made it with colored straws, easier to distinguish once you have cut the necessary lengths. If you’re feeling skilled enough, you can use the black straws directly. The important thing is that they are cocktail straws, which are thicker and more resistant. What are you waiting for?
LAMPS AT NO COST!
Do you want to put the satisfaction of creating an object with your hands? Today, we want to talk about how to make a DIY lamp. A table lamp, or a suspension, which starts from commonly used materials: paper, cardboard, wood. Or, a lamp that comes from the logic of recycling, using old cups or old hydraulic pipes. Or, again, a DIY lamp in the name of art, which takes life from one or more origami. What are you waiting for? Try yourself with a DIY lamp!
A simple do-it-yourself lamp, perfect for the kitchen or the dining room, is the one that features old cups. A very useful idea to recycle the unmatched cups! With an old cup you can create romantic candles, pouring the hot wax into it while holding the fuse vertically. Or you can bundle them together, and turn them into a chandelier. Or, again, you can create a delicate suspension from the single cup: just a small hole (on the cup and also on the saucer, if you want to use it), let the wire go through it and – on the opposite side – the bulb holder. And your kitchen will be extraordinary!
One of the most used materials for a DIY lamp is paper, a material that lends itself to a thousand interpretations. With paper you can make papier-mâché, the soul of the Globe suspension of Crea-Re Studio, created with destroyed printed paper, then crumbled and then transformed into a malleable mass from which semi-spherical forms come to life. With the paper of medium-sized cups you can make spherical suspensions, with a simple sheet of cardboard the hat of a romantic DIY lamp, to be engraved with a cutter creating small shapes of hearts, flowers or butterflies. Or, with paper, you can make simple decorations to be applied to an old lampshade, to give it a whole new life.
A LAMP WITH THE RECYCLING
Upcycling of an old descendant of rainwater:
Here’s how we did to make an ecodesign lamp with the upcycling of an old metal square tube, a descendant of rainwater, recovered from the accumulated waste from the renovation of the house.
After having cleaned the old metal pipe thoroughly, we stripped it off by removing the old brown paint that covered it. To avoid the formation of rust we protected it with two layers of transparent varnish.
This done we created the base for our lamp echo using an old axis.