Introduction: Stalactite Paper Lamp
Turn a simple Lantern lamp into a fantastic paper craft lamp with a couple of simple steps. Though not a lamp to brighten your room extremely it looks fantastic and gives off a soft light.
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Step 1: Preparation
I used a simple yellow lantern lamp from Ikea to base my lamp on. Then I used A3 paper and indicated every 4cm (about 1-2") which I then cut using a handy dandy cutting machine. The strips then 4cm wide and 11cm long I cut into triangles by cutting across them diagonally. This was a little tricky sometimes but unevenness doesn't really matter since there will be lots of layers to cover up any small mistakes.
Step 2: The First Few Rounds
I then used crafts glue to stick the first circle of paper inside the bottom of the lamp. With one layer attached on the inside I turned the lamp back right side up and stuck on the next layers of paper on its outside. The bottom most papers may need to be folded so that they hand down rather than inwards. Also, you really only need to add glue to a tiny part of the paper at the top since the rest will hand loose.
The lamp I had had wires on the inside for its support which I used as a guide. They spiraled upwards all the way to the top so I could just keep going. until I reached the top.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Though it takes some patience finishing the lamp doesn't take all that long as long as you have time. Once you reach the top or end of the lamp make sure you place the papers to cover any gaps where you can clearly see the lantern. It looks nicer that way in my opinion so I stuck paper over some spots I had already finished to cover up some mistakes I had made. Once you are about halfway done with the lap I also found it easier to hang it up to finish to avoid accidentally ripping or folding the papers.
Finally, just hand up a lamp on its inside and mount to your ceiling. Enjoy!
Of course if you use paper with designs on it the lamp will give off another cool pattern, but be sure not to use very thick paper so it can still let light through. Also, using a colourful lantern and white paper will give off different coloured light. Have fun with it+