Introduction: Simple Elegant Paper Lantern/Light, So Easy and Cheap

About: Currently in college pursuing a degree in music therapy but love working with my hands!
Hello today I'm going to show you how I made this awesome lamp shade for under ten dollars! Also if you could vote for me for the contests if you like the ible that would be awesome! :) so let's get to it,

Step 1: Materials

So in order to make the lamp you need:
-A paper lantern (I got mine on eBay, but you can get one at Walmart or the dollar store)
-A lamp socket extender (eBay again)
-Paper
-Glue gun
-1 Paperclip
-A lightbulb (I used a rgb lcd bulb I bought on eBay for a couple bucks)
All in all it only costs a couple bucks and about an hour of your time :)

Step 2: Cut Up Some Paper

So basically we are trying to make lots and lots of paper triangles and there is no wrong way to do it, this is just the way I did. So I folded the paper into thirds then cut along the creases. Then I took one of the rectangles and I folded it from one corner to the opposite diagonally. After cutting along this crease to make a triangle, I used that as a template. After making a ton of those hahah, it's time to glue them on the lantern.

Step 3: Time to Hot Glue!

Next all there is to do is to glue the triangles on the lantern. In order to do this you need to start from the bottom and overlap them as thickly as you want until you get to the top. A good way to do this is to use the wire lines that hold the spherical shape as a guide for where to attach the triangles.

Step 4: Hang It Up!

Now comes in the lightbulb and the paperclip. Screw the lightbulb into the socket extender and fold the paperclip in half, as shown in the picture. You the use the paperclip to hook the lantern to the socket extender, and then you screw the extender into a ceiling socket.

Step 5: Light It Up!

All there's left to do is to flip the light switch and enjoy your awesome new lamp shade now that it's hung! It was super simple and super inexpensive, yet a great eye catcher. I like the way an rgb lightbulb looks on fade, but a regular lightbulb works as well. Enjoy your new stylish lamp shade! :)
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