Intro: DIY Cardboard Lamp Shades
While surfing the net i came across cardboard lamps in the below site
another site...wow the price!
I found the idea fascinating...but priced waay to much. It was obviously laser cut...I don't have that!...but it looked possible and very simple.
I thought I'll try it.
okay...this is just a trial...so please excuse that it's not very tidy. If you are gifting it to someone...make sure it's very neat
While doing it i learned that the grain of the board should be pasted the same way...so more light would come...but then the sides would loose a little light...so you should like gradually turn it away from the grain layer by layer... if you are doing it...do it that way :-)
Step 1: Gather Your Items
Gather your boxes...I'm sure you have plenty of the after the holidays! make sure they are corrugated boxes
The shape changes according to the cut shape and size
Decide what radius you want and draw 2 circles, Mark in center of both A
Reduce the radius a little and draw 2 more circles. Mark those two B
Again reduce the radius a little and draw 2 Circles. Mark those two C
(If you want a fine finish i would recommend 2 more circles marked D...i wished i had done it...)
Now...reduce the radius a little and draw 2 circles back in Both the A's....
Repeat till you get very small circles...say 2" diameter.
Step 3: Cut and Paste!
Cut the outer circles of A and paste togeather
Then cut the outer layers both B circles and paste on either side of A
next cut the outer layers of C and paste on either side of the B.
Again cut the outer layer of A and paste on the bottom C and the Top C.
Repeat till you get the desired size.
Don't cut all the circles at once....do it gradually....else when you have to leave (like i had to half way through when my toddler started trying out aerobics you would have a big mess....and you wouldn't know which is which!
Step 4: Wiring! and Finishing
Pass the wire through a small cardboard disc (it'll remain from your cardboard cutouts )...or paste a disc make a hole and pass the wire...
fix the bulb and hang!