Two years down the line, after loads of DIY and hard work, this is what our office light still looks like.
The room and all of our hard work are really let down because of the bare bulb dangling from the ceiling. The small plastic ceiling rose that covers the cables is a complete mess with bits of plaster and dirt stuck to it.
It’s definitely about time we get round to updating our office lighting. We started by fitting the ceiling rose that was left over from taking our new living room light to pieces. Because we haven’t been able to find a lamp or shade that we like, and that is in budget, we decided to just make one. On the look out for some inspiration, I eventually found an amazing Faceted Pendant Light on the 3 R’s blog.
We just used standard white printer paper to make hundreds of little fortune teller thingies. It took ages to cut the paper into squares and fold them all (There are loads of tutorials around that show how to fold the fortune tellers). This is what they looked like about half way through.
We used a simple ball shade to glue the folded fortune tellers on.
This is about half way through gluing the fortune tellers to the shade. It looks a bit weird, but you can tell that it is already taking shape.
After lots more folding and gluing, this is the finished shade.
It’s by no means perfect, but as the whole lamp cost us just £1 for the paper shade we can’t really complain. It’s definitely better than the bare bulb that was hanging there before! After sticking all the extra paper to the shade, I had worried about the amount of light that it will give off. As soon as we turned on the light, we realised that our concerns were without reason.
The light it gives off is amazing and it’s much brighter than expected. It glows really white; I assume this is because of the white printer paper. In addition to the ceiling lamp, we would eventually like an Anglepoise desk lamp for additional light when working, but for the moment the pendant gives of plenty of light, so that it isn’t really a priority.
I can’t believe how easy and quick it was to make. Can’t help wondering how much dust all the spikes will collect though…