How-To: Falling Leaves Lamp

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Materials

20″×24″ white handmade textured paper
Ruler
Pencil
Cutting blade
Cutting mat
19″×30″ double-ply vellum 
Foam core 
Compass
Stapler
Transparent tape
PVC glue
Scissors
Puck light
Wooden base, 8″ in diameter

Step 1: Draw a 12″×22″ rectangle lengthwise in the center of the white sheet of paper. Some handmade papers have a “front” side and a “back” side (where the texture is less prominent), so make sure to draw this rectangle on the back side of your paper.

 

Step 2: Using a pencil, lightly draw random vertical leaves inside of this rectangle. The leaves should vary in size and width, so that the whole design is more dynamic. Draw some leaves that are cropped off around the borders of the rectangle.

 

Step 3: Using the cutting blade, cut out all of the leaves. Carefully erase any stray pencil markings.

Step 4: Trim off the ¼” raw edge of one of the long sides of the sheet. Set the sheet aside.

Step 5: Use the compass to draw a circle on a piece of foam core that is 7″ in diameter.

Step 6: Draw another circle that is centered in the first circle and is 4½” in diameter.

Step 7: With a very sharp cutting blade, cut along the lines of the inner and outer circles.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 5–7 to make another foam core ring.

Step 9: Fold the vellum sheet in half. Form a roll (lengthwise) and slide it into the center of the 2 foam core rings. This will give you the perfect diameter for the tube that you need to create with the vellum.

Step 10: Place one staple, ½” from the each end of the vellum tube.

Step 11: Place short strips of double-sided tape along the overlapping edges of the tube made of vellum paper.

Step 12: Add a very thin line of PVC glue around one end of the vellum tube, 2″ from the edge of the tube. Slide the foam core ring closest to this side and place it over the glue. Slide your hand into the tube and press the vellum against the ring. Wait for it to dry.

Step 13: With scissors, cut 2 vertical slits that are 1″ tall and 1″ away from each other. The cuts should be made to one side of the overlapping vellum. Push and fold the paper or tab created between the cuts towards the inside of the vellum tube. This will be the space needed for the puck light cable to go through.

Step 14: Add a very thin line of PVC glue along the outer edge of the end of the tube where the cuts were made. Place the vellum tube inside the second ring and make sure it is touching your work surface.

Step 15: With a cutting blade, make 2 cuts on the ring that are 1″ apart; cut all the way across the ring and match up with the cutout space in the vellum tube. Remove the excess piece of foam core.

Step 16: Cut out a ½” square out of 2 of the corners of one of the long sides of the handmade paper sheet.

Step 17: Starting where the 1″ gap is located, add a thin line of PVC glue around the outer rim of both foam core rings.

Step 18: Wrap the white sheet around the 2 foam core rings. The straight long edge of the sheet should be touching the work surface and the outer edge of the bottom ring. The short sides of the sheet should overlap over the 1″ gap in the vellum tube and bottom foam core ring.

Step 19: Using PVC glue attach the short ends of the white handmade paper where they overlap.

Step 20: Attach the puck light to the wooden base per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 21: Add several strips of double-sided tape to the bottom of the foam core ring that has the 1″ gap, and attach it centered on the wooden base and over the puck light. The cable of the puck light should be placed through the gap on the bottom of the paper structure.