Ombre origami, oh yeah!

Get ready. I’m about to blow your mind.  Did you know you can buy PRE-MADE origami?  Maybe that bit of info doesn’t rock your world as much as it rocked mine, but this was a serious revelation to me.  I love origami and have always wanted to do some kind of large-scale decorative type project with it, like this, which if you click through to the website, is for sale for $1,800! Crazy cakes!  There’s no way I’d ever pay that much for something I can make with my own two hands.  Only … that’s a lot of work for my own two hands.  My own two hands would rather feed me popcorn.

But Jesse at Nine Red found some Etsy sellers happy to do the hard work for him for this project.  He took this outdated light fixture and used its guts as the foundation for an ombre paper crane lamp!  So so cool. 

Want to try something similar?  Just make sure the paper is at least three inches away from the bulbs, and that your bulbs are low-wattage. And check out his blog for the whole tutorial!



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  1. This is cramazing [crazy amazing.]

  2. Yay, Thanks for sharing! This was a fun project. I swapped out the bulbs for 3 nightlight bulbs cause it was a little blaring… :D

  3. I guess I’m too practical, because all I see is an impossible-to-clean dust catcher.

  4. I did a light fixture similar to this last year, but with bright rainbow colors. Oh, and I actually folded the cranes myself! I learned two things:
    1) it took WAY longer than expected and
    2) it is quite the statement piece, worth the time and effort.

    I do love the ombre and they style of light fixture. I simply attached mine around a flush mount light. His looks much more “designed” rather than “DIY.”

    Here’s my version:
    http://www.projectsimplehome.com/2012/09/18/paper-crane-shade/

  5. Definitely a statement piece. Love it!

  6. That is AMAZING. So creative!!

  7. Ha Ha. I have that SAME lamp. Maybe I’ll re-do it instead of switching it out now. :)

  8. Mind blown!

  9. Wow – what a creative and unique transformation! I love it!

  10. OMG this. is. AWESOME! So creative! Totally makes me want to do something like that in my apartment!

  11. Simply gorgeous!

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