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I bet that you can't imagine what this lamp is made of! Just like all the things I do, this lamp is made with materials that all of you have in your house. Newspapers and plastic bags, completely upcycled!
Don't worry, it's not as hard as you may think! :)
 
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Step 1:

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Tear a page of newspaper into many little pieces.
Mix some white glue with very little water in a pot, just to make it more fluid.

Once you have these 2 things ready, blow up a balloon: this will be the base of your lamp so make it as big as you want, but remember that your lamp will get bigger after you've added pieces of plastic bag around it.

Start gluing your pieces of newspaper on the balloon with the glue you prepared: spread some glue on the balloon, lay your piece of paper on the glue and add some more glue on it. Continue this way until your cover the whole surface of your balloon, one piece after the other. 
Once you're done, do at least another two layers to make it hard enough, and let it dry for at least a night.

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Meanwhile take a plastic bag and cut the handles and the bottom. This way you will have a big piece of plastic, easier to use.
Cut 10x44cm (3.93 x 17.32 inches) strips out of the bag. Don't worry about the longest side, it can be a little smaller or bigger than 44cm, the result will be perfect anyway. 
I can't tell the exact number of strips you will need because it all depends on how big your balloon is, but I can tell you that you will need MANY so make sure to have more than one plastic bag.

Hint: your lamp will result much better and softer if you use a very thin plastic bag.
mpino11 months ago
Here's my version!
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lindarose92 (author)  mpino11 months ago
Wow, it's beautiful! I see that you covered the bottom too, it seems more like a flower this way...I love this version!! :)
ps: I think I will try it too someday :D
mpino11 months ago
Thanks for the brilliant idea!
lindarose92 (author)  mpino11 months ago
Oh thank YOU!! :)
Divya sooraj11 months ago
I liked the idea and I ws infact looking for sm ideas coz its my new house.....
lindarose92 (author)  Divya sooraj11 months ago
I am glad you like it! Please post a picture here if you make it, I am curious to see it!! :)
vitasulo12 months ago
it was so creative. amazing. your idea of using the balloon to make the mold of the lamp was very great.
thank you for your sharing. it was so nice and pretty.
lindarose92 (author)  vitasulo12 months ago
Thank you so much, I am so glad you like it! :)
craftyv12 months ago
I love this Tutu lamp, it's very pretty and tactile. I am a bit worried re-fire or plastic melting so I suggest Led's or other "cool" globes. Good tutorial.
craftyv craftyv12 months ago
Whoop's I only saw your last paragraph as I posted my comment. Sorry.
lindarose92 (author)  craftyv12 months ago
Don't worry, it's always good to remember this, I don't want to cause any fire :D
Thank you very much! :)
Super!!!! AAAA+++++ Easy for Kids too.... Love this for my grand children.. Thanks and keep making more great things. :-)
lindarose92 (author)  ZOOMSTUDIO1011 year ago
Thank you so much, this is so kind of you!! :)
divs1651 year ago
Brilliant and very innovative idea....simply loved it....Great work
lindarose92 (author)  divs1651 year ago
Thank you so much, it means a lot to me :)
realife111 year ago
I love the look, it reminds me a little of a head of lettuce. Cool.
lindarose92 (author)  realife111 year ago
haha I never thought of that before! Thanks! :)
shazni1 year ago
This looks really nice...will try one in pink for my daughter :-) good job!
btw...where are you from? what language? as you explain very well in English! :-)
lindarose92 (author)  shazni1 year ago
Aaw thank you, it means so much to me! I am Italian :D
its too gud..... the way you explained made me to try this out...... good explanation...... your way of recycling the plastic bags was an awesomatic one
lindarose92 (author)  sangee jeevan1 year ago
Thank you so much, this always means a lot to me! I always try very hard to explain things the best I can since English is not my first language :)
you are welcome... and this is like a nightmare for me to believe...
dear you are too good in the way you are explaining...... way to go
Great
lindarose92 (author)  santhosh.sagu1 year ago
Thanks! :)
Corwim1 year ago
how brilliant!!!
lindarose92 (author)  Corwim1 year ago
Thank you!
eyewalk1 year ago
Great idea! Can you post a picture of the inside of the lamp from the bottom? Curious to know how you finished it. For papier mache, you can also use a thick paste of flour and water if you don't have glue laying around - not sure about with latex glue, but with the flour paste you can put it in the microwave with a stack of dry newspaper and it will be dry in 1 minute instead of waiting overnight ;)
lindarose92 (author)  eyewalk1 year ago
Thank you so much! I have just added 2 pictures at the beginning with the view from the bottom...it's not perfectly round but you can hardly notice that in person! Also, you can paint the inside if you want, I started the papier mache using clear recycled paper that I had found so the inside turned out fine...but if you use newspapers it will look better if you paint it. And by the way, the technique you mentioned is great, I didn't know it! I want to try it someday! :)
thank you! what an excellent idea to use cloth instead!
lindarose92 (author)  ppsinstructables1 year ago
Glad you like it! Let me know how it turns out if you make it!! :)
i love your lamp and your tutorial and your efficient lovely use of items that would end up in the landfill in many places! i use cloth bags for grocery shopping so i don't have any of these plastic bags lying around but maybe some of my friends do!
lindarose92 (author)  ppsinstructables1 year ago
Thank you!! Maybe you could also try to make it with old cloth that you don't use anymore :)
mytree1 year ago
This is a great idea. I think you could even make a piggy bank or dolls - just like paper mache- the balloon is the mould.
lindarose92 (author)  mytree1 year ago
Yes, it's a really good idea! You can even add some shapes of cardboard on an already covered balloon and add some more layers of paper mache around everything. This way it's even more detailed! :)
suayres1 year ago
My 7-year-old granddaughter is going to love this in her bedroom--and I'm sure, will LOVE helping her make it! Thanks so much for the tututorial! (Sorry, I couldn't resist the pun, I'm a sucker for them, LOL.)
lindarose92 (author)  suayres1 year ago
lol thank you so much! :D Let me know how yours turns out!
This is super cute. What wattage bulb are you using? I would be afraid it might get too hot. When I saw tutu, I was thinking you might have used tulle which would be cool as well. Great design!
lindarose92 (author)  thebeatonpath1 year ago
Thank you so much! Right now I am using an energy saving bulb, I've had it for a long time so I can't remember the wattage...but those bulbs get less warm than regular bulbs, plus I don't keep it on for too long so nothing happens. Anyway, I recommend you use LEDs to be really sure :)
That sounds pretty safe. Yes, I have both types.
depty1 year ago
Great idea!
lindarose92 (author)  depty1 year ago
Thank you! :)
Dr.Bill1 year ago
Tutu is Hawaiian for 'Grandmother.
A well named project.
I thought you used cloth at first look.
lindarose92 (author)  Dr.Bill1 year ago
Wow, it's really interesting, I didn't know that!
I thought about using the word "tutu" because the shape of the lamp reminded me of a ballet tutu but the Hawaiian translation gives it a whole new meaning, thank you! :)
Frank Delima is ah comic that does a commercial for 'TheCab' company dressed as four Grandmothers (Tutu's) while singing the phone number.
Just call Four Tutu - Tutu Tutu.
It is actually pretty funny. Call 'TheCab' Four Tutu - Tutu Tutu
ChrysN1 year ago
That is so pretty! What a great use for plastic bags.
lindarose92 (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Thank you, I am glad you like it!! :)
lmnopeas1 year ago
I love your use of upcycled materials! The lamp is fantastic!
lindarose92 (author)  lmnopeas1 year ago
Thank you so much! Upcycling is very important to me :)
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