I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Personally, I caught a cold, so I spent a chunk of the weekend curled up on the couch with Basel watching movies. And since I didn’t have too much time to be creative, I thought this was the perfect time to post about a light that I made a few months ago but never had a chance to share. Do you guys remember my Paper Starburst Pendant Light? Well this light is made from the same white vellum, but instead of spikes I used a paper punch to cut out flower shapes!
I’ve also realized recently that I have a tendency to be a bit long winded, and while that’s not always a bad thing, it might make my tutorials a bit harder to follow. So, I’m going to do my best to start summarizing projects in a few simple easy steps, and then separately elaborate on any steps that need additional explanations. Hopefully these tutorials will be easier to follow but if anyone feels I’m leaving out too much information please let me know! I’ll try to do these shorter and clearer tutorials from now on, and maybe even go back and simplify some earlier posts, if people think these are much easier to follow.
Materials: Paper lantern, vellum (or other paper), paper punch, glue, light bulb cord
Step 1: Cut out your flower shapes using your paper punch. Cut as many as you think you might need, you can always cut out more later.
Step 2: Open your paper lantern, and start gluing your flower pieces on as haphazardly as you like. Make sure you are overlapping your flowers and adding new pieces on top, layers are key to the finished look!
Step 3: Keep gluing shapes on until you are happy with the look, you may need to cut out more as you go along, its all personal preference.
Step 4: Plug your light in, hang the shade up and enjoy!
I loved using the white vellum because it has this slightly translucent quality, which was really pretty both when the light was off and when it was on. You loose a bit of the flower shape once its lit, but I actually think I like it better that way.
I think the beauty of this project is the final results could look really different depending on what sort of paper you used, and how thickly you layer the pieces on top of each other, and I love that! Any project where you can add your own unique spin is a great project in my mind.
Personally I’ve also been wondering how this concept would look if I used flower shapes cut from old books, instead of the white vellum. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but I promise I’ll post photos as soon as I do!
I’ve also wondered if this would look cool on a lantern of a different color, so maybe when the light was off it looked white but when you turned it on it suddenly glowed pink or orange! I haven’t had a chance to try that idea out either but maybe I’ll buy more vellum one of these days and give it a whirl.
This could look really pretty with different size flower punches, and also different shapes. I just have one simple shape at the moment but imagine a slightly more detailed Hawaiian flower, or something with more angular petals, they could look really beautiful layered together. There are so many possibilities! What shape punch do you think would work well with this concept? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Have a lovely week everyone, cheers! Allison