Picture of Modular Geometric Paper Lamps, 5 designs

A year & a day before I published this paper lamp, my favorite paper lamp of all times, my first too. And guess what, I almost forgot about it until a few days back someone pinned it on pinterest from my board. Old memories came back like a breeze of fresh air. And now year after I published it, I came up with more awesome lamps using the same fun.

Now the question is why so late? well, I think the creative side of my brain is more active since I joined instructables :).

So I experimented with shapes and came up with so many designs. In this ible I am going to show you 5 of them and trust me after reading this, you will invent even more of them :).

You don't have read it step by step because step 5 onwards each step is a new design. So if you already know or have everything to get you started, feel free to jump over.

These designs are made using a simple triangular paper module and it is very easy (yup, that's the keyword) to assemble together into awesome geometric shapes.

I named each lamp to some funny name related to space. I hope you will find them fun to work with.

Let's begin the fun.

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Step 1: Stuff you need

Picture of Stuff you need

You would need very simple stuff:

  1. CRAFT Glue like Elmer's or Fevicol (Sorry not in the picture above)
  2. A sharp craft scissor
  3. A geometric compass and pencil
  4. Lots of 15mm or 19mm binder clips (they come in real handy)
  5. A ruler
  6. A light arrangement
  7. Cutting mat is recommended
  8. Thick paper or card paper of color of your choice (Dark colors wont work well in light if the paper is too thick). A3 or bigger if you can get.
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LakshmiG6 months ago

Awesome Ya! I have no words...God bless you!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  LakshmiG5 months ago

Thank you so much :)

faiza00712 months ago
congratulations tarun..! I hope to see a new crafty ible soon :D
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza00712 months ago
Thank you so much Faiza. I already posted this yesterday
crafty ible using cuttlebug :P
786Ayesha12 months ago

Haaaaaaaaaaaaa here again congrats once more

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha12 months ago

Thank you so much Ayesha :).

Congratulations Tarun!!! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose921 year ago
Thank you so much Linda :). Where have you been recently?

I've been around but quite (VERY) frustrated...nothing I do turns out right lately! But I plan on being back with new ibles soon, hopefully! :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose921 year ago
Oh!! I'm sorry to hear that Linda. Probably its just a temporary phase. Waiting for your mega come back. Best luck.
shazni1 year ago

Congratulations on winning! Now let's hope you get the prize you want cause every finalist gets a prize :-).

BTW...I'm so jealous :-) but I can't help it ...the prizes are amazing haha.

Anyway...most of the finalist are way better and well deserving so I don't feel so bad.

Good luck

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni1 year ago

Oh Shazni, you are just very kind. Thank you so much. I have been at your place and I exactly know how it feel. Check your inbox.

786Ayesha1 year ago

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! A L L T H E B E S T. :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago

Thank you so much Ayesha:). Very Happy pie about it :D

sunshiine1 year ago


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thank you sunshiine :). Very happy.

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Thank you so much and congratulations to you too:). You made my faith in these favourite lines stronger:
"when you want something, the universe conspires in helping you achieve it"
-The Alchemist

YAYYYY I am very happy and excited.

razvantase made it!1 year ago

Great project! Thanks for the method and the ideas. I made my own version with inverted paper triangles, as I wanted to avoid dust deposits as much as possible. I didn't have a compass, so I used a cup and pencil to draw out the circles. Then I had a bit of a difficulty establishing the center, but after making the first one, I then just placed the punctured circle over each of the others and punched a whole through with a needle and this way I got all paper circles "centered".
Also, I had no clips to hold the pieces in place, so I just used superglue directly. It didn't come out perfectly, but I'm more than satisfied with the result.
The end result viewed from certain angles looks a bit skewed (as can be seen in some of the images) and that's because I used 5 paper triangles at the top and 5 at the bottom. By the time I figured out how it's gonna look it was already too late to add a sixth one. With six triangles it would look symmetrical from all angles.
Again, thanks for the ideas!


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  razvantase1 year ago

Wowww :), those are awesome, I loved the Idea of inverting the triangles, very cool.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Why don't you check your inbox now :)

thanks for the gift!

one more thing - as you can see, some of the sides are "dented" inwards. Having the bent paper sides of each triangle inwards allowed me to glue some of them together to get this effect.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  razvantase1 year ago

As I said, the Idea of inverted triangles gave this approach a totally new set of designs :D. Keep up the good work, It is my please to share it with you.

gerflash1 year ago

Gotta do this! Thanks!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  gerflash1 year ago

Please do share a picture of your work. Thank you for stopping by.

It most likely won't be me, but my son who is skilled in advanced origami and other paper configurating. I'm hoping for a "stellated dodecahedron." But don't hold your breath!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  gerflash1 year ago

Wow "stellated dodecahedron" sounds so much fun. Why don't you ask your son to share some of his work here, just in case he likes it here.

A stellated dodecahedron doesn't use equilateral triangles, but it could still be done. A cumulated dodecahedron could be made using equilateral triangles, though. I'll get right on it. Yeah, I'm his son.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  PhilBagels1 year ago

Yup! I figured out it wouldn't be easy but can be made. Thank you for stopping by. Will be waiting to see yours.

Excellent idea! I'd love to see what would happen if you added pentagons and other shapes to this as well. Not sure if that would work well with how you start from circles but regardless great work!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  clockworkfish1 year ago

Thank you so much :)

The possibilities are endless, check out the link in the intro, that lamp utilizes the pentagon shape.

786Ayesha1 year ago


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago

Thank you so much :)

tubaska1 year ago

you are so talented and generous.

thank you.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  tubaska1 year ago
Thank you much for your kind words, I really appreciate. :)
avni141 year ago

they are really amazing.. soo bright n beaitiful!!

jbarziza1 year ago

These are cool. Such creativity with such simple shapes. I voted for it.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  jbarziza1 year ago

Thank you so much :[). You are very kind.

jacketcat1 year ago


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