Introduction: Giant Decorative Bow Paper Pendant Lamp

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Another lamp? Tell me you asked this question the moment you saw it. :) Ok, so before you answer that my dear friend, tell me , isn't it looking awesome :).

The story behind this lamp came from this forum topic.

A new citizen (you are the reason I posted this my friend ) wanted to make a lamp (I guess from Ikea) and asked for help in our forums. So there are two reasons I posted this ible.

  1. It was a Lamp and I knew I can make it.
  2. I really wanted to help (Even though this thought came later to my mind... LOL)

This lamp in my opinion is nothing but a giant decorative bow which you would make to probably gift(A giant stretchable pajama I guess ) something to HULK... ha ha ha.

You may have seen many methods for making a decorative bow, but here I am going to show you a different one.

Lets begin

Step 1: Stuff You Would Need

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  1. Big sheets of thick paper or card paper of your favorite color (just remember that dark colors in thick sheet are not the best choice). Mine was 37"x23"
  2. A sharp scissor.
  3. A ruler
  4. A Pencil
  5. Craft glue like Elmer's or Fevicol
  6. Some lighting arrangement.
  7. Something to punch a hole (you can use hole punch from screw driver set), I have a eyelet punch set, I used that one.
  8. A plastic small tube or pipe , around 1". I used a piece of fish tank air pipe.
  9. Our best friend patience.

Step 2: Some Giant Preparations

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NOTE: Before you do this, I would suggest you to practice this using small satin ribbons or paper ribbon. So that you can handle the big size while making.

To make this lamp we would need long wide (around 2") strips.

See images above and follow:

  1. I drawn several 2" wide lines on the paper
  2. Then cut them and glued them together. While gluing each strip with another, wait for few seconds for the glue to bond with paper
  3. In the end you will have a very long strip

My calculations:

I cut around 11 strips, each 37" long. After gluing all , I got 407" length of strip which is around 33.9 Feet. (I told ya it will be giant)

NOTE: you must be wondering, why joining to make a jumbo single strip, I have seen them making smaller bows and joining them together?

Good question.

A long strip gives you flexibility to adjust the size of petals as you make the bow, also you don't have to worry about size and proportions of each petal, they will shape just fine. Trust me, once you learn this method, you will never return to "cut into pieces and glue together"

All right, lets jump now into the most interesting part. The Giant making. :D

Step 3: The Giant Making

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Grab your glue bottle and your giant strip. See images above and follow:

  1. Start making a single petal of bow , glue the end to form a big loop (see second image). The length of this petal was around 11", you can decide your own but outer petals should be longer.
  2. Now twist the strip to make another petal, glue at the place where the strip intersects.
  3. Repeat like 1 to make another petal, you will notice that the petal is formed close to the previous petal. Glue it.
  4. Keep making petals one after another.
  5. NOTE: Every time you glue, press the join using your palm for few seconds and wait for few seconds for glue to bond with paper before you make another petal.
  6. Keep making petals by filling spaces between petals. As the bow become dense you need to gradually reduce the size of petals to fit inside (see there is no need to be accurate here)
  7. TRICK: If you have to fill a gap to the left, then twist the strip to the left, if you have to fill at the right, then twist the strip to the right
  8. When you reach the end of the strip, snip it using scissor and make sure the end is glued. Put some heavy object like a paper weight in the middle of the bow and wait for glue to dry for several minutes.

Tada... you just made the giant decorative bow. You can stop here if you wish and use this bow to decorate the giant gift you are about to give to someone special :D or you can proceed as intended.

Step 4: Lighting the Giant

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I will be honest I could have done the lighting in a better way but I chose to be quick & dirty with whatever was available with me. See images above and follow:

  1. Punch a hole in the middle of the lamp, where all strips are glues. The hole should be wide enough to let the plastic tube pass through. I punched using eyelet punch tool and later widen it using screw driver.
  2. Insert the plastic tube through the hole.
  3. You have to remove the wire from the socket pin of the lighting arrangement so that you can insert that wire from inside the lamp and pull it outside though the plastic tube. After that you can reattach it .
  4. Remember it is paper , so use low watt CFL or LED bulbs to light it up.

Voila...and you are done. You just made an awesome giant paper bow pendant lamp.

Thank you so much for your time. Should you have any feedback, questions or suggestions, please add them in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this ible as much as I did while making it.

I hope you like it and vote it.

You are awesome.

Stay tuned :)


satoko68 (author)2015-03-22

This would look amazing with a perforated design! I'm going to check out the scrap booking section at Michael's because they've got loads of different shaped punches. I already know where I'm going to hang my lamp! Thanks so much for taking the time to post this! :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)satoko682015-03-24

Thank you for your kind words, please do share a photo of your work .

Unusyal Tiqneecks (author)2014-03-29

Its so beautiful and easy to make :)

Thank you for your kind words :)

Unusyal Tiqneecks (author)2014-03-29

Its good :-)

sunshiine (author)2014-02-28

Gorgeous! It immediately caught my attention! Thanks again Tarun!


Thank you mush sunshiine :)

I sometimes hate touch phones ...

ashuavr (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-05

Hi! You can use a 3x4 keypad on it if available if you want and enable T9 dictionary... I like 3x4 keypad! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)ashuavr2014-03-05

Actually it's the auto suggest feature in my keyboard App Swiftkey, I love it but sometimes it create blunders if not paid attentions :)

ashuavr (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-05

I see.

I hear ya!

ashuavr (author)2014-03-05

The main image of the 'ible is a decent systematic one!! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)ashuavr2014-03-05

Thank you :)

ashuavr (author)2014-03-05

Hi!! :) :) When I saw this lamp project/'ible, it caught my attention... and when I saw that its made by You, I just went to check it right-away!!! I have seen your previous lamp 'ibles and then now after seeing this, the words, (like,)- "Awesome, man!!! :)"- were on my mind!!! :) :D (Right now I have just read a fraction of it, maybe will read later...) And, All the best!!! :) :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)ashuavr2014-03-05

Thank you so much for your kind words :). I am glad it caught your attention :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-02-28

Awesome! where do you keep all the lamps!? :p

Thanks Muhaiminah... I have a lamp room :D LOL

I was wondering the same :D

Are you planning to sell them? Let's open up a home decor company!!!

Question of the Day :D, see my reply to Emily.

As a matter of fact my best friend & myself have started working on the concept, last October we bought a small stall in a local 3 day fair and we were sold out on second day, which is kind of amazing.

OMG that's so amazing! Congratulations!!! That had to be expected anyway because your creations are awesome!
Good luck on your future plans! :)

ps: I read both the replies to Muhaiminah and Emily before writing my comment, but I wanted to let you know that I wondered the same anyway haha :D

You are super cool Linda :)

These were the lamps I made and sold

Wow, they look pretty awesome bro! I can understand why you sold out! :-)

Thanks bro:)

No problemo! :D

Wow, they are beautiful Tarun! No wonder why you sold all of them! Is that colored fabric that you used? Their texture looks like colored pencils!

And by the way, thank you, you are too kind! :)

Linda, You won't believe me if I tell you that the fabric was old cotton curtains at home. :D

This is great, reusing and giving a new life to something is always the best thing to do!

My father was an upholsterer and made curtains, among other things...I wish he had curtains like that, I love the colors!

Thanks Linda. These curtains were handloomed, they are very common and popular in India.

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-01

wow..! beautiful.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-01

Thanks Faiza :)

XD That has been asked so many times now that I mights as well ask it :D

Where do you keep all your lamps? :-)

Ha ha :)

Wow! that is sooo cool :)

blissful2015 (author)2014-03-02

such elegance and simplicity in the design - aka the best kind of design ... i was really wondering about the same question - where to put all the stuff we make? (which is a lot for me right now too)

thank you for another GREAT ible tarun and best of luck with your new adventures! =)

Oh dear Friend, Thank you so much for your lovely motivating words :). Waiting for you mega come back :)

hunter999 (author)2014-02-28

Is this entered in the Paper Craft Contest? If it is, it will mke an awesome entry and of corse, I will vote :D

Yessss... in fact the entry is accepted already :). Thanks bro :)

Haha, no problem and voted!

hunter999 (author)2014-02-28

Wow! This is awesome and better than the ones in the forum topic. Very clear and detailed instructions Tarun! Congratulations bro :-)

Oh... thank you so much , you are very kind bro :)

Haha, no problem :-) Thanks as well! :D

faiza007 (author)2014-03-01

tarun..answer me as well..where do you keep all these lamps..? :D I would like to buy some.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-01

Ha ha , indeed question of the day. This is becoming fun :). I told you let us organize a fair :)

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-01

m ready..lets decide the venue.. :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-01

Its coffee , no its toffee, no its coffee...the argument continues :D

786Ayesha (author)2014-03-01

I have been seeing most of your projects which is really awesome.Not only your's there are some other lamp makers like Lindarose,Muhaiminah etc etc (now others don't get offended ,can't be dotting down all the names) Most of the times I do not comment because I just go through like a flash of lightning,reason being work load and stress due to 10 hours working per day.This is really awesome.

Thank you so much!!

I am so glad that despite your busy schedule you took time to comment and I think that's what matters. We will try to make more awesome stuff so that you are forced to see and comment ha ha .

As far as stress is concerned, did you check out this forum topic

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-03-01

I'm still wondering where you put all those lamps :P

Like I replied Muhaiminah I have a room for them but mostly they get robbed by friends & relatives. And few generous souls buy from me too :D

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