Folding the lampshade: How to make your own folding lamp

A folded lampshade is a real eye-catcher and, above all, it is very easy to make. In the following you will learn step by step how to fold your own lampshade.

Fold a lampshade step by step

  • Stable cardboard
  • wire
  • adhesive
  • Sample paper
  • Perforator
  • Pliers or wire cutters
  • pencil
  • scissors
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1. Layout

Use a pencil to draw the floor plan for your lampshade on test paper. The floor plan should be in the shape of an upside-down bridge: two parallel arches connected by two slightly sloping (about 45 °) lines. The distance between the two arcs corresponds to the length of your lampshade. The arcs should be too long rather than too short: you can always shorten them later. Also, folding will require about twice as much paper as without folding. Cut out the floor plan.

2. wrinkles

Fold the paper like a harmonica, pressing the creases very clearly and firmly on top. At the bottom you can stroke it more loosely. The strips should all be the same size and one to two centimeters wide. Now form a lampshade by holding, glueing or stapling the two vertical ends together and holding the upper part a little closer together than the lower part. Check if you are happy with your prototype. If so, cut out the same shape from your cardboard and repeat steps one and two.

3. Punch

Now the entire floor plan is folded and you have a single (very tall) strip of folded paper in front of you. Take a hole punch and punch the entire stack about an inch from the top. You may need to break the stack up into individual pieces if your hole punch can't do it all at once.

4th. Pull wire through

Then pull the wire through the hole and form a ring. For more stability, you can double the wire through the holes and wrap the two wires around each other.

5. Finish the lamp

Now unfold the harmonica and arrange the paper evenly on the ring so that the lower part is wider than the upper part. If you want to have a little fewer wrinkles, you can shorten the box now. Then glue the vertical ends together. If necessary, you can fix the paper to the wire ring with some nail polish, glue or something similar.

Finally, all you need to do is add a wire lamp holder bracket to the top ring. Be creative and try out several variants!