Spruce up an old lamp with this Ginkgo Leaf Lampshade. I chose papers that look gorgeous together when the light is on or off. When choosing papers to use in this project, hold a cream paper over a metallic paper and then position them in front of a light source to see if you can see the texture of the bottom paper through the top paper. If you can, you have great papers to make a lovely shade.
Project by. From the book Paper Cuts by Taylor Hagerty. Read our review <a href="http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/blog/paper-cuts">here</a>.
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Place the lampshade on the cream mulberry paper. Align the seam of the shade with the edge of the paper. Trace the shape of the shade at the top and bottom as you slowly roll it across the paper.
Cut out the shade shape, leaving a 1â„2-inch (1.3 cm) border outside the drawn lines at the top and bottom so the paper is bigger than the lampshade. Use the cut piece of cream mul- berry paper as a pattern to cut the same shape from the gold translucent paper.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the lampshade frame. Line up the gold translucent paper so the seam falls in the same place as the seam on the frame liner. Note: This will help you keep the paper straight as well. Smooth out the paper as you go to avoid bumps and creases.
Trim the excess paper from the edges of the lampshade using scissors.
Copy or print out the Ginkgo Leaf patterns onto copy paper and cut out the shapes. Using the pencil, trace the ginkgo leaf shapes in a random order onto the cream mul- berry paper. Using the craft knife, cut out the ginkgo shapes.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the backside of the cream mulberry paper, and then line up the paper so that the seam falls in the same place as the seam on the frame liner and the gold translucent paper. Using the bone folder on the inside of the shade against your work sur- face, burnish the seam to strengthen the bond. You may also need to encourage the edges of the cutouts to stick to the shade in the same manner with your bone folder.
Trim the excess paper from the bottom of the lampshade with scissors.
Cut vertical slits in the paper that extends beyond the top of the frame, making sure the slits end slightly above the top of the shade. Glue these small strips to the inside of the frame. Allow glue to dry.
Place the lampshade on a lamp base and enjoy.