Origami is a traditional Japanese paper folding technique. With its straight geometric designs, an origami paper lampshade would work well in a dorm room or any room with modern or Japanese decor. A flat sheet of paper is folded many times to create an inexpensive, yet attractive lampshade. Since paper can catch fire, a fire-retardant spray must be applied first and allowed to dry before the folding starts.
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Things you need
- 14-by-22-inch medium paper
- Fire-retardant spray
- Glue or double-sided tape
Spray medium-weight paper with fire-retardant spray. Hold the spray can about 6 inches from the paper and spray in long strokes, first horizontal, then vertical. Allow the sprayed side to dry, then spray the other side.
Bring the lower left corner up to touch the top edge of the paper. This should form a fold starting at the top left corner, going down to the bottom edge. Make a sharp crease.
Fold the lower right corner to the edge of the paper from the first fold. Unfold both folds.
Turn the paper around 180 degrees and repeat Step 2 and Step 3.
Bring the lower left corner up to the diagonal crease. Fold the lower right corner up so that the left vertical edge is next to the vertical edge you just created. Crease the folds and unfold.
Turn the paper 180 degrees and repeat Step 5.
Continue to make the valley folds by bringing the left corner up to the halfway points throughout the entire sheet, and bringing the right-hand corners up the edges of the paper. You will have a paper with many small triangles all over it.
Turn over the paper so that the creases are now mountain folds with the valley folds on the underside. Bring the top of the paper down, and fold horizontally at the diagonal intersections of the creases. Open the paper and fold again at the next intersection. Continue to fold at each intersection all the way down the paper.
Turn the paper over and lay it down with the long ends horizontal. Bend the short ends around so they meet. Overlap them a little bit and fasten them with double-sided tape or small dabs of glue. The diagonal creases should be mountain folds and the horizontal creases should be valley folds.
Tips and warnings
- Always make a sharp crease whenever you are folding origami.
- Use a low-watt bulb with a paper lampshade to reduce the risk of fire.
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