When you hear the words 'grocery paper bag', 'charming', ‘chic’ and ‘lamp’ may not be the first words that spring to mind. Who are we kidding, they probably aren’t even the last words you would ever come up with; the unconventionality is what makes this DIY project so exciting and unique. Next time you get the option of “paper or plastic?” go with paper!
In order to make this modern paper bag lamp, you’ll need the following:
- Two paper bags (you’ll use one and a half)
- Glue or double sided tape
- String or yarn
- A pendant cord
- A light bulb (make sure you get an LED light bulb which is both energy saving and low on heat – otherwise it could ruin the paper)
This tutorial (http://www.apieceofrainbow.com/diy-pendant-lamp-from-grocery-bag/) I've found will show you exactly how to fold the bag to create the pendant lamp shade. If you’ve dabbled in some origami before you may find those skills helpful, but if not, don’t worry! The tutorial and downloadable pattern and diagram is extremely helpful and the included images make it easy to know whether you’re doing it right or not.
The twine is used to wrap around the cord so that it’s not an eyesore that you have to try hide, but rather, becomes part of the beauty. And you don’t have to stick with that neutral color, you can brighten it up as you wish.
Top Tip: If paper bags aren’t offered where you live, you can replace this with Kraft paper or brown paper that you should be able to find in a stationery store or office supply store.
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