DIY: Creative Paper Lamps

June 11, 2013

I’m a regular reader of Danish magazines now, thanks to my neighbor who is in Denmark at least once a week and generously brings them home for me to drool over. One that I really like is called BoligLiv. They recently shared a fun DIY that I simply must show you because these two ideas for round paper lights are both so easy and creative – two of my favorite words when it comes to DIY!

DIY: Creative Paper Lamps

Lamp with paper strips: Get a rice paper orb from IKEA, copy paper, glue stick, spray paint in the color you love and scissors. Now you spray the bottom edge of each sheet of paper and let them dry. Once they are dry, stack multiple layers of the papers together and cut them into 2 and 2.5 cm wide strips. Stack the strips according to length, you will have two piles. Glue the strips individually onto the paper orb keeping some space between each one. Use the longest strips first, starting from the bottom, using your glue stick. Use row after row of strips altnerating between the 2 cm strips and the 2.5 cm strips. Note: Hang the longest strips at the bottom. Full instructions here in Danish.

DIY: Creative Paper Lamps

Lamp with fabric triangles: You will need 1 rice paper (Ikea) orb, scrap fabric, glue and scissors. Now you should cut a pair of triangles in two sizes in the fabric. Fold the fabric along a few times, and cut several triangles in two sizes through the layers with the first triangles as templates. Keep the big and the small triangles separated. Glue the triangles from the bottom up. Allow approx. 1 cm between each triangle and about. 2 cm distance between rows so you can still see the lamp between the triangles. Full instructions here in Danish.

DIY: Creative Paper Lamps

What do you think, will you try these DIY projects??? I may because they look fun and I’d love to try using some of my spare Liberty fabrics for a project like this!

(images: boligliv)


  • Reply Tracey June 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Looks stunning!

  • Reply Eve June 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    At some point I noticed that German home magazines are hugely ‘inspired’ by Dutch ones which are hugely ‘inspired’ mostly by Danish (and some Swedish) home magazines … ;-)

    I’ll stick with the Dutch ones – can’t understand Scandinavian languages, and for me, it’s the images AND the texts that inspire me!

    Greetings from Hannover-Linden! :-)

    • Reply decor8 June 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      @Eve – Actually German magazines are hugely inspired by Scandinavian magazines and homes – lots of homes in German mags are in Denmark and Sweden, for instance, and the trends are trickling down from DK and Sweden to Germany as well. Not so much Dutch magazines – I don’t see much influence on German magazines from the Netherlands. Living at Home is inspired by Martha Stewart Living from what I can see, and Flair is very much it’s own magazine, but looks and feels very Italian to me. Couch feels like it’s trying to be Dutch but it’s not really succeeding as it’s very cluttered and Dutch mags tend to be a lot cleaner. So I think Couch is more German than anything else, it looks and feels very German to me – quirky and cluttered – it has a very “Berlin” vibe to me. LUNA (German parenting mag) is very inspired by MILK out of France. Living & More and the others that are thinner on the newsstand here are VERY Danish and Swedish inspired. Deli (food mag) is very inspired by Jamie Oliver’s aesthetic.

  • Reply Quinn Cooper June 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    LOVE this DIY. Such a good one.
    I want to make these for an outdoor party.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  • Reply Marianne June 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    @decor8: I have to agree with Holly. Both Dutch and German magazines are influenced by Scandinavian magazines (not by each other). Although I think VT Wonen has a style of it’s own.

  • Reply laura redburn // cardboardcities June 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    love these lamps! i need a new one for my room so i may have to make one of these at some point. also, i have to say it.. i LOVE that cushion in the top photo too!

  • Reply DAGNÝ // FEEL INSPIRED BLOG June 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Love this DIY

  • Reply Holly {Avenue} June 11, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Love this idea!!

  • Reply Hannah June 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for sharing! LOVE!

  • Reply Law June 12, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I love the second one with fabric, so clever :)

  • Reply Michelle June 13, 2013 at 4:12 am

    These look so good I just wish I had the patience for it!

  • Reply Shas June 13, 2013 at 5:58 am

    This may seem like a stupid question, but I’m always worried that regular paper or fabric might get too hot when I see DIY’s for lampshades, is it not really a problem?

    • Reply decor8 June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

      For this, no because the paper and fabric are on the outside of the shade and inside is a hanging bulb and as long as you do not exceed the wattage for the socket, you should be fine.

  • Reply Heidi June 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I’m super excited for my subscription to BoligLiv. I wish it had already started last month because they had an extra magazine with DIY projects in it (including this one). Hope you got your hands on that one!

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