Make A Light Show Lamp

Make A Light Show Lamp

So. It's not exactly a Kanye style light show, but it does throw pretty patterns onto the wall and ceiling and it's dead easy to make.


I used

These just happened to be the most uh, 'cost effective' shade and base that Ikea had, but I'm pretty sure this would work with whatever you happen to have around.

  • craft paper or wrapping paper
  • a craft knife
  • scissors
  • a bit o' tape.

First you'll need to trace around your lampshade to find the surface area you'll be working with,

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It won't be a rectangle on account of the conicallyness (yup, I just made it up.) of the lampshade.

You should have something that looks a bit like this

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Now that you know the area you have to work with, you can plot out your design. Something to bear in mind is that you can't cut all the way around your design, you can only lift out the edges.

Once you've got your design down, pop it over the lampshade and secure it with the spot o' tape.

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Still look okay? Great, then cut it out...
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Now that you've got your design cut out you need to 'pinch' out the edges,

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This will give you an idea of how the finished product is going to look and also make a guideline for the next step.

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Using the cut out edge as a guide, trace your design onto the lampshade in pencil.

You could skip the whole 'carefully plot your design on paper' stage and go straight to the drawing on/cutting out of the lampshade. I didn't on account of how it's cheaper to mess up (4 times) on paper. But if you've got the design chops then go ahead.

Right, now carefully cut out your design using a craft knife and some patience.

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Remember how you had to pinch out the edges of your design on paper? Well now you have to do that to the lampshade. It's slightly trickier and it turns out that it's best to have VERY CLEAN hands.

I found that peeling the edges back a few degrees at a time worked better than just jamming them back into a valley fold

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One light show lamp

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, it looks okay in daylight too.

It occurs to me that I have used yet another bug design, I might be a closet entomologist.

I got the idea from here via ohdeedoh.com

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DesigningMom on Jul 15, 2008:

What a pretty lampshade! I never would have guessed it's just craft paper. I love how not only the light shines through the cutouts, but how the linen fabric shadows through the craft paper. Great job!

DIY Maven on Jun 26, 2008:

Duuuude...that's awesome!


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