Origami: Geometric Paper Lamp.




Introduction: Origami: Geometric Paper Lamp.

About: engineering student and creative

I love origami, I remember the first time I gave a paper boat, I was very happy and curious about how a simple sheet of paper can turn into fun objects. Over time the passion for paper has grown with me, a pastime that helps you concentrate.

This is my first documents and they are issued in explaining me in my project.

I present this truly original lamp, I have experimented with different projects to furnish and dare a touch of creativity to my home and I think this style reflects my tastes.

Folding the paper seems really easy but you need precision and patience and sometimes it is not as easy as it seems. Now I propose various examples of lamps and paper pendants with various difficulties in the realization.

A useful tip, if you haven't had much manual skills, it's good to practice with a draft of the project, perhaps with pieces of paper to be recycled so as not to waste anything, this is also useful for understanding the dimensions of the lamp they want to make. You can change the sizes, build small or large lamps according to your tastes.

Well, let's get started.

Step 1: Tools and Materials


  • pencil
  • cutter
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat (optional)
  • Paper
  • punching machine
  • Mani
  • Technical release programs (for the more experienced)


  • Sheets of paper (you can choose different types of colors and textures, the measures changed from project to project, will be followed later)
  • String
  • Glue or tape
  • Cable for bulbs / LEDs MUSIC TO CONCENTRATE

Step 2: Preparing the Sheet

Let's start with a simple small pendant. The sheet of paper must have the dimensions 30x100 cm (as shown in the photo), I recommend if you can use the drawing program such as AutoCAD to obtain precise and safe measurements, altitudes equipped with pencil and appeal and drawn on the sheet.

  • First of all divide the sheet into 14 columns at a distance of 7.14 cm (about 3 "); Then divide the sheet into 3 lines at a distance of 10 cm from each other (equivalent to 4 ");
  • Now we need to join the diagonals. To get a precise job I recommend starting from the lower left corner and connecting the end of the first column with the connection of the second row (as in the figure) and continuing to connect the interjection of lines and columns parallel to the other diagonals ;
  • Repeat the same procedure in the opposite direction obtaining a plot as in the figure, this time we start the top left corner.

As said before, I recommend drawing other software on AutoCAD and then unputting the complete drawing on paper, for the dimensions it is advisable to use sheets of A2 paper size (420x594 mm) x2 prints, or print on A3 (297x242) x3stampe sheets. Alternatively, buy sheet cut to size and draw on them. Attached I leave the DWG falias of the various projects and of the various paper formats.

Step 3: Fold the Sheet

Once you have drawn the various lines on the sheet constantly folded correctly, I advise you to carry out the tests used. Test prints also on the sheets of different sizes before proceeding with the folding of the finished sheet, so as not to ruin the final project.

Before folding the sheet, it is necessary to eliminate some parts in order to allow later to glue the two ends of the drawing to build the lamp. (as shown in image 1).

First you need to fold the design along all the vertical lines in order to obtain an accordion, then fold the sheet along the diagonals on both sides.

In these steps it is essential to concentrate and respect the fold lines in order to obtain precise folds and a perfect result, use the ruler positioning it along the line to be folded in order to obtain an optimal result.

I advise you not to be in a hurry. Calm and patience are the rules to be respected. The only way to get a good result is through practice.

Once this is done, the final texture of the lamp must be created. To simplify, I show you the video procedure of a similar project.

Step 4: Assemble the Lamp

Once correctly folded, the holes of the lamp entities must be drilled as shown in the figure, and through a string close the top of the lamp with a knot.

Before closing the upper part, insert the power cable connected to the bulb bell. An alternative is the use of a rgb LED strip that offers to improve the color and the intensity of the brightness, with them it is not necessary to build a lapada with colored paper. They are a very versatile and low-cost alternative considering that a LED smear of about 1m costs a few euros. I leave you links where you can buy LEDs online. You can also find them in electronics stores.

- https://it.aliexpress.com/item/4000327280518.html?...

The lower part can be left open or closed like the upper one.

These lamps are excellent as furnishing objects and can be placed hanging from the ceiling or placed on furniture or tables, arranged singly or in groups.

Personalemte I use them as pendants in groups of 2-3 elements with LED lighting in order to create various shades of colors. I need it in various sizes, colors and shapes, you can wax many geometric shapes, even very complex ones with fantastic results. Everything is in the skill of the manufacturer.


One last tip if creating a pendant lamp can use an old CD with one side carved in order to use it as a support, in the photo I leave you an example.

Step 5: Further Forms

I leave you further shapes and geometries to be able to create your own, each sheet has proportional measures that will be written on this, nothing prevents you from changing them (always provided a proportion between them).

As always, we advise you to rate before obtaining the finished product. You can indulge yourself as you wish!

I hope I have been clear with the various explanations, for any doubt and perplexity do not hesitate to leave a comment, I will be happy to help.

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    2 years ago on Introduction

    Very beautiful, I like the pink one. (or with pink lamp)


    Reply 2 years ago

    thanks, I also like it very much


    2 years ago

    That's so gorgeous and precise I thought it was 3D printed at first :)


    Reply 2 years ago

    3D printing would be a really interesting project, maybe in the future it could be done;)