Today is a very rainy day here in NYC, so I figured a fun new light post was in order to bring in a little sun!
I was perusing Pinterest the other day when I spotted a light that someone had pinned, which they had described as being made out of coffee filters. Those of you who remember my first Project, will know that I have also made a light out of coffee filters, and honestly for about 2.5 seconds I thought, Hey, that’s MY idea! But then I clicked on the link and discovered that while the light was made from coffee filters glued to a paper lantern just like mine, she had used a different technique. So I calmed down, and realized that this was a fun variation on the light that I had made, and wouldn’t it be a fun project to try this variation as well.
So I immediately ran out to the dollar store to stock up on as many coffee filters as I could, pulled out my trusty glue gun and was off! I had found with my past light that I was worried the weight of the coffee filters might pull apart the underlying lantern. So this time I decided to first paper mache coffee filters on top of the lantern for strength. This left me with a very sturdy and hard base, and I know I won’t ever need to worry about my light falling apart.
Then instead of folding each filter like I had last time, I simply pushed a finger up in the center, to elongate the ruffled shape of the filter, giving me a dime-sized base to apply glue too, and then a more compact bunch of ruffles at the other end. I knew I wanted a slightly fluffier look than my last lantern, so I didn’t obsessively pack the filters in, I let them have slightly more room to breath.
Possibly because I used a larger lantern, and possibly because each filter ended up longer than when folded, but this time I was left with a really huge light! It is approximately 24 inches across and really makes a fantastic statement piece! I love the light and fluffy look, and think it would be fantastic in a dining room or a bedroom. I can even see it making a statement in a small boutique of some sort! Visit my new lighting store to purchase one of your very own, or let me know if you’re interested in a custom size.