hexagon paper pendant shade

July 31, 2015Allison Murray
Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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!

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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For this project you will need:

  • Cardstock
  • 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

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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…

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

Continue building out attaching your pieces as you will. You can go with a solid color or multicolor like I did.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

As you continue connecting you will notice that the hexagons spread out to start to make a round shape.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

Bring the two sides together to form your “sphere”.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

Cut a length of fishing line and tie around your first circle, the one for the top of the lantern.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

Run your line through the center of the perforations of the top of your hexagons. Loop the line around the wire circle…

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

and continue attaching as you go.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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.

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

 

This is my finished orb. Very pretty wouldn’t you say?

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

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 :)

Strips of paper become a lampshade made of hexagons! (tutorial)

 

Comments (1)

  • Mike

    August 1, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Hey Allison! Guess what? Whatever weird issue that I was experiencing the other day when I was getting that error message and I couldn’t access your blog has cleared up! I guess that’s obvious though since I can see your latest craft idea, which is super! It may not have come out the way that you wanted it to, but I still think it’s pretty cool. :)

    But I know what you mean. Life isn’t perfect and sometimes things don’t always work out the way that we want. It’s the same with drawing. Some of my recent sketches don’t come out the way that I want and I’m quite disappointed with them. But others come out better than I expected and I’m all like “yay me!” and I surprise myself! But it’s like you said, part of the process, whether that be crafting or drawing, is part of the fun. I once heard someone say that perfection is overrated. And being someone who likes things to be perfect most of the time, I have to admit that they are right. I think it would take the fun out of life. Learning how to improve something and making it better is way more fun than always having it come out perfect the first time. We would probably get bored after a while!

    But back to your craft. This is a cool idea! The final look with the black outline really helps bring out the color of the hexagons. I would love to have a lampshade like this. :)
    Awesome idea Allison! Keep up the great work!

    P.S. I’m currently working on a postcard that I’d like to show you later when I finish it. I’m planning to send it off to one of my friends!

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