Introduction: DIY Cellular Organic Lampshade Without a 3D Printer

In this instructable I'll show you how you can easily make an awesome organic lampshade without using a 3d printer. This kind of lampshade is usually made with a 3d printer but I know there are alot of people out there who, like me, would love this kind of design for their lights but don't own a 3d printer. This lampshade is easy and cheap to make. It only requires a rubber ball some air dry clay and ... that's it. Enjoy!

Step 1: Draw the Pattern

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First you need to draw the pattern. Practice on a piece of paper first. It's a combination of random shapes placed close to each other. Blacken the edges so you get a better picture of the future lamp. Don't make the edges too thin. They need to have at least 1 cm for a 30 cm ball.

Step 2: Add Air Dry Clay

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Start adding clay. Make long stripes of clay and place them on the black edges. Wet your fingers when working with the clay. Make half of the ball, let it dry without rushing it (no hair dryer). When starting on the other half make sure you wet the dry clay so it will stick to the new clay. You can use water to make it smooth

Step 3: Take Out the Ball and Sand the Lamp

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When everything dries use a needle to make a small hole in the ball. Let the air escape and then shrink the ball until you can take it out. Sand the shape and add more clay if you feel it's necessary.

Step 4: Place the Light Inside

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Only one tip: use led light because it won't get hot. That's it. I hope you liked my little project. See ya!


DavidP82 (author)2016-06-07

Easy, and has and amazing result. You rock, Creative Mother!!

HelenaDaydreamer (author)2016-05-27

Wow, lovely!

Meglymoo87 (author)2016-05-19

Great job!

Thanks :)

jihanem (author)2016-05-21

That's amazing

Creative Mother (author)jihanem2016-05-23

Thank you!

claudiof2 (author)2016-05-22

Great great job !!!!

Thanks to post it

Thank you!

badideasrus (author)2016-05-22

this is very neat. however, if you're careful not to cover the valve, you dont have to pop the ball. just stick a ball pump needle into the hole and let the air drain. then you can reuse the ball. :P

Yes, you are correct. I didn't cover it but finished the video on a sunday afternoon and couldn't find a ball pump needle anywhere. Wasn't very green of me

Edwardo Leon (author)2016-05-22

Very creative and inspiring approach. Great attention to details and great illustration of patience for artistic work. You nailed it.

Thank you :)

craftvideos (author)2016-05-23

Wow ... can I borrow your creative mind :)

Why not :))

jp200502 (author)2016-05-18


Creative Mother (author)jp2005022016-05-19

Thank you!

Creative Mother (author)2016-05-19


Saifiiz artWork (author)2016-05-17

i will use this in one of my interior design project :)

Nice. Please post here some photos of the result :)

sure :)

Creative Mother (author)2016-05-17

Thank you!

seamster (author)2016-05-16

This is so cool! I love the method you used, and the finished lamp looks fantastic.

Very nice, easy, and low-cost. Can't beat that! :)

Creative Mother (author)seamster2016-05-16

Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)

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