Hello and welcome to the 3 R’s, the blog about my mission to live life based on the concepts of “Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate!” If you want to learn more about who I am, and this mission, then check out the About Me section above. In short, I am a crafty architecture school graduate, and I have decided to embark on what I’ve termed, The 30x30x3 Project, a mission to create and blog about 30 projects in 30 weeks based on the 3 R’s.
So without further ado, I might as well jump right into my first project, a large pendant light made from a simple paper lantern, and approximately 699 coffee filters!
The project started when I spotted Aunt Peaches’ Ruffled Lotus Lantern on her amazing website. If you haven’t heard of her, you must must must check out her website, she does the most fabulous crafts with household items!
While I didn’t have any cupcake liners lying around, I thought her idea of gluing something to a paper lantern was absolutely brilliant, and just the sort of idea I could take and run with! Add a little inspiration from a fellow student project, and I knew what I wanted to do. I was lucky to be meeting a friend near Chinatown the very next day, so I made sure to stop and purchase a few simple paper lanterns to play around with. A trip to the dollar store later and I was ready to go!
I don’t have many process photos, unfortunately, but the concept is really very simple. I took each coffee filter, and folded it in half, then in half again, then in half once more. This means you now have a wedge that is 1/8th of the original circle of the filter. The final step is you take the wedge, and you bend down the tip. You can see these steps here:
Then, you simply take your paper lantern, assembled, and start gluing on the coffee filter wedges, applying just a drop of hot glue to the folded tip of each wedge. I liked the hot glue because of the super fast drying time, but that’s personal preference.
Basically, it really doesn’t matter how you glue the coffee filter wedges to the lantern, its all about how YOU want it to look. I found it very helpful to plug the lantern in and light it up periodically in the process, so I could see whether or not I was adding the filters in an even fashion, if there were bare patches or just to see how pretty my work was!
So, approximately $15, many hours work, and a few forgotten about household items, lead to a pretty amazing looking lamp, and most definitely a conversation piece. Think this lamp looks amazing but too daunted to try it yourself? Then visit my Etsy shop and check out this lamp, and others.
Ciao for now, Allison