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Convert a regular IKEA APPLARO lamp into a pretty lamp.

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My roommate bought a couple of IKEA APPLARO lamps and I thought putting some of my leftover art paper on top of it would make it look better. And it sure does look better. The project took about 2.5-3 hours. You can use any thin paper that will not block light and paint and stain the wood to whatever you like. Customize!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Tools of this trade:
Scissor
Ruler with smooth sides - skinnier the better
Cutting mat
X-Acto knife
Dust gun
Spray Adhesive
Dust gun
Tweezers (not shown)
Flashlight - To check the progress of the project by shining the light to see how the paper is laying on the edges. Faster and cooler than screwing the bulb enclosure.

IKEA APPLARO lamp
Pretty paper from art store.

Step 2: The IKEA APPLARO lamp.

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A regular IKEA APPLARO lamp. Blah. Clean it up and make sure there's no sticker residue. Some little bits of wood splinters may stick out too so remove it as well.

Step 3: Cut a chunk of paper.

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Lay out and cut a big chunk of paper over the lamp.

Step 4: Fold to fit.

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Start folding it into the lamp, one side at a time.

Step 5: Trimming the paper.

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After folding, trim with X-Acto knife. I fold then trim a side, fold then trim another side. When trimming, add a little more paper, about 1-3 cm. (Yeah that's right, I'm american and I said CENTIMETERS). You'll see why.

Step 7: Smoothing and tucking the paper.

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Used a ruler to smooth the paper on. Can also use a bone folder which a tool used in the paper arts. There's also a Teflon folder for the veggie people out there. Noticed that the white plastic has some give. Could press down with finger and slip the ruler. This is where it's useful to have that extra bit of paper.

Step 8: Tucking and leverage.

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Instead of laying it flat on the table. I changed my position and it became easier to insert the paper this way.
dam25215 years ago
It's cool.
reedz6 years ago
awesome
corinna.anni.roc (author)  reedz6 years ago
Sorry for the late "Thank you" but better late than never. So Thank you. (you got two now!)
lol wow You're welcome, you're welcome.
Any idea where to get paper like that generally? In my case, "Bellevue Arts and Crafts" or "Michael's", here in Bellevue, WA. Are there other terms for it that I can ask for? Great idea, and since I have SADS, I can put a full spectrum light inside something other than a full y boring table lamp! I can hang it too!
corinna.anni.roc (author)  Doc Holliday6 years ago
It's called lace paper, or lace tissue. It is made in Japan and Thailand.
Here's a link to spiral paper, but why stop there?
Going crazy looking at the colors and patterns oh my!
Gotta make more!

http://www.papermojo.com/lacepaper.htm
http://handmade-paper.us/page/CPO/CTGY/lcp
Yeah, the Japanese have an amazing variety of really cool papers. Something to do with their tradition of giving elaborately wrapped gifts, I guess. You can try asking around for "Japanese art paper" or somesuch. Art supply stores or artsy paper stores often carry them.
Patrik6 years ago
Lovely paper - looks great backlit by the lamp.

Here's another example of the same idea, using a different Ikea lamp:

Pimp your lamp!

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corinna.anni.roc (author)  Patrik6 years ago
Yeah, I didn't know about that Instructable until after I published this one. I'm a little wet behind the ears at Instructables and wasn't aware of the IKEA hack group as well. IKEA stuff is a good canvas for creativity.
Oh, no problem! It's a great instructable either way. There's no reason we can't have multiple instructables on a similar topic, and yours was very well done, and with some nice pictures. I just wanted to show an alternative implementation, in case someone is inspired to hack their own Ikea lamp...
corinna.anni.roc (author)  Patrik6 years ago
The more instructables, the merrier. Share the wealth (of knowledge).
missmonster6 years ago
Hey Corinna! Glad to see you here...that hack looks great. I might have to try that myself when we move into a nicer place next month. Hey post more tutorials, you know alot of cool stuff.
corinna.anni.roc (author)  missmonster6 years ago
Yeah, better late than never. Sad to see my monster neighbor move though :(
Wonderful job.

Very nicely done, looks great at the end, one of the best Ikea hacks I've seen, they're all very cool and awesome.

Nice job, +1 rating, you did an amazing job once again (if I didn't say it, then wow, you did an awesome job.).

:-)
corinna.anni.roc (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Aww, thank you :) I aim to please through quality.
Valche6 years ago
That's pretty cool, where do you get paper like that? +1!
corinna.anni.roc (author)  Valche6 years ago
I got it at Pearl Art & Craft Supplies in Chicago. I think it was less than $4.
It is 26 X 38. And my roommate's cat just ruined my other piece just now. >:( Sigh, time to get more.
Haha, aw. Thanks!