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Crease and fold a sakura lampshade.
I designed this light fixture as a kusudama—a type of modular origami that creates a ball, star, or orb from many different pieces. I’ve found that with large-enough units, the open sides of this kusadama make it a great lampshade for LED bulbs. Most LED lights give off no heat and are safe to use with paper, but double-check before installing any light inside a paper fixture. Do not use this model with a regular lightbulb! It will heat up and create a fire hazard.

Paper Information
You can find paper that has been treated to be heat- and fireproof online or at specialty art supply shops. Folding from 7" (18cm) squares will make the
lampshade shown here, which is about 13" (33cm).

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  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 1
    Step 1

    SAKURA UNIT (MAKE 30)

    Start with the Windmill Base. Fold the left and right flaps in the opposite direction.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 2
    Step 2

    Mountain fold in half. Note: Make sure the points are
    separated and not trapped inside.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 3
    Step 3

    On the front layer, fold the left and right corners up.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 4
    Step 4

    On the front layer, fold the top corners down.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 6
    Step 6

    Gently open by pulling the 4 corners apart.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 7
    Step 7

    FINISHED SAKURA UNIT!

    Note: Fold 29 more units before starting assembly.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 8
    Step 8

    SAKURA BLOSSOM LAMPSHADE ASSEMBLY

    Insert top right flap of one unit into top left pocket of another unit to join.

    Note: The full triangle flap will slide in the pocket. Once the flap is inserted make sure to push up the joint slightly to reinforce.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 9
    Step 9

    a Continue joining units until 5 2.b units are connected.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 10
    Step 10

    b

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 11
    Step 11

    c

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 12
    Step 12

    Connect a sixth unit to act as a “bridge” between the two clusters of 5.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 13
    Step 13

    e

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Sakura Blossom Lampshade - Step 14
    Step 14

    Continue to connect more clusters as shown to create a sphere.

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Morgan
Morgan
It says you only have to make 30 individual pieces....but the photo at the bottom on how everything should be assembled is an icosidodecahedron. That would be 12 pentagons (5 individual pieces each) and an additional 20 pieces for the connectors. That's 80 pieces in all. Maybe I'm reading it wrong? Help?
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First thing I made on CutOutandKeep!
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sweetsundae0
sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
Wow that is beautiful!
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Cemre K.
Cemre K. · 6 projects
This will probably be difficult for you if you haven't done modular origami before. I have made an electra (icosidodecahedron) which is made up of 30 four-flapped modules that fit together in a pentagon/triangle pattern, similar to this one. But it has more holes in it. I will make on of these soon. As soon as I get more paper. Or as soon as I decide to cut 2 pieces of paper into 4x4s.
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Lauren S.
Lauren S. · 1 project
Got it Happy
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Lauren S.
Lauren S. · 1 project
im confused on steps 13/14 around how it all fits together, any suggestions?
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Jaden S.
Jaden S. · Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE
Figured it out. ^_~
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Jaden S.
Jaden S. · Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, DE
I manage to fold the pieces and assemble the cluster - but I can't figure out how to add the "bridge" part.

What goes in where?

I'd be happy if someone could help. ^_~
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LOVEISMOVEMENT
LOVEISMOVEMENT · Pleasant Lake, Michigan, US · 4 projects
i quite love this <3 i should be able to do it. Happy
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