Truth be told this project was done AGES ago. Literally months and months. I must admit that my execution did not come out perfectly but I know how you can do it better than me. Even though mine wasn’t exactly what I saw in my head I think it is still worth a share because it has great potential for you to make an amazing lampshade with it…
Not all things in life are perfect and if you weren’t sure, neither am I :) Sometimes I have craft fails and sometimes things just go slightly awry. I guess that is a part of the fun of crafting. Like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re going to get!
For this project you will need:
- Silhouette Cameo cut file
- Tape and glue
- Paper lantern of similar size OR circles of another nature (e.g. embroidery hoops)
- Tissue paper (optional but this is an issue that I encountered)
- Fishing light and an tapestry (or other large) needle
- Lantern pendant light kit
Your Silhouette cut file is basically a sheet of 12×12 cardstock cut into strips that you will fold on the perforated lines and then tape together end to end. Make the smaller end overlap the larger end and tape shut. You can also glue which will give you a better look in the end and I highly recommend it. I was rocking a glue stick but ran out and switched to tape…
Tape 2 hexagon shapes together along a single edge. Try and shape each piece like a hexagon because it can get way wonky if you let them contort into strange shapes before you tape.
You’ll continue taping the hexagons together by stacking them like you see here. Be sure to tape only on the backside. Any that are on the opposite side will mess up the works. And say hi to Marla.
Continue building out attaching your pieces as you will. You can go with a solid color or multicolor like I did.
As you continue connecting you will notice that the hexagons spread out to start to make a round shape.
Connect your hexagons to make a long shape like you see above. When you get to the end apply the tape like you see here, to every side that would connect if you continued another row.
Now, this is a place you can improve on my design… I’d highly recommend lining the inside with tissue paper or fabric. What I had was a blinding light in the middle of this making it hard to see the actual shade which is why you only see partial pics of this thing in action. This will greatly improve the looks of your lantern.
Bring the two sides together to form your “sphere”.
Now here is my paper lantern. I just cut out the top part for the hanger portion not realizing that the paper would need more support than just that. You can remove paper from the entire lantern and use the spiraling metal to support or use an embroidery hoop or wire bent into circles for more support throughout the middle.
Cut a length of fishing line and tie around your first circle, the one for the top of the lantern.
Run your line through the center of the perforations of the top of your hexagons. Loop the line around the wire circle…
and continue attaching as you go.
Here you’ll want to use another metal circle or embroidery hoop or whatnot to give the lamp more support. I just sewed mine together but in the end the droop was something awful. This along with supports in the middle will help the paper retain its shape better.
This is my finished orb. Very pretty wouldn’t you say?
Insert the hanger that came with your lantern and run your lamp kit through to finish the project!
Again mine is super pretty but the lack of support wound up being its undoing. It also needed something between the light and the shade to diffuse the light. In the end I did get the basic look I wanted… a bunch of hexagons all linked together into an orb with dark shadows of black encasing them. It wasn’t exactly perfect but hopefully my tips will help you to get better results. Hopefully I can rock out another one soon and show you how much better it can be :)
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