Picture of How to make handmade night lamps.
Hello, fellow DIY enthusiasts :)

In this instructable I will try to show and explain how to make your own unique night lamp.
As you already know I like making lamps and in this tutorial I will try to go through the steps of how to create something beautiful.
I did those four lamps simultaneously, and you will notice that the patter is almost identical, the difference is mainly the form of the shade.

For this project I will be using:


wood slats
nepalese paper
light bulb
bulb socket
contact paper


various drill bits
sandpaper (100, 250, 400)

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Step 1: First things first.

Prepare the materials you will need.
Measure and cut all materials at one. This will make it easier for you, so that you will have them all ready, you save time, you will have only one mess to clean( it tends to get really messy when you have to cut and sand, etc).

Step 2: Preparing the base, column/stem.

Here you can improvise by using your imagination and the materials you have at hand. You can make it in different forms and shapes, you can smoothen the edges, cut initials, etc.

Step 3: The shade.

Picture of The shade.
I am sorry that I don't have pictures of "before" and "after painting" for some of the shades.
I have always wanted to make a lamp in blue and white, and I am glad I finally got the chance to make one.

By far the most difficult part is to measure the angle at which to cut the sides of the shade so that they can fir perfectly.
I hope that you can understand how I do it by taking a look at the pictures below.

Step 4: Finishing the shade and making link to the column.

By now you should be done choosing the pattern, color... of the paper you would use. Take the correct measurements, cut, apply glue and attach to the shade.
microamar8 months ago

Beautiful work... What is the use of contact paper?

jimmysymo1 year ago
Hi, maybolicious.A very good job done and your instuct' is really detailed and can be understood very easely. thanks for sharing. jimbo99
blackweb1 year ago
Could you use rice paper or handmade paper for this project?
maybolicious (author)  blackweb1 year ago
Hey there.
Yes you can use rice paper for this project. The nepalese paper that use is supposed to be handmade also, it has some specific texture on the back side of the paper. It is not dangerous to use it as long as the light bulb is not within at least two inches (5.08 cm.) distance from the paper. Of course it depends what type of light bulb you use.
I have see some rice paper projects where they use some kind of coating for the paper but I could not find out what the coating was.
dpiccine1 year ago
Good job!
vstarboy1 year ago
It's very cool!
Natalina1 year ago
These are lovely!
DIY93931 year ago
Beautiful. Thanks so much!

I love these types of lamps.

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge
iOskr1 year ago
Good designs. Excellent results. Congrats!!!
maybolicious (author) 1 year ago
Thank you.
I buy it from stationer's shop or your local arts shop, where they also sell oil paints, pastels...
rvt19851 year ago
Beautiful! Where do you find paper for this kind of project?