One of my BFF’s (technically half of our BCFFL (Best Couple Friends 4 Lyfe)) is having a BABY GIRL!!! We’re very excited for our friends, and I fully intend to be this kid’s Crazy Aunt Sarah. My friend is a really awesome, creative, crafty, thrifting queen, so I knew I really had to step it up in the gift department. You can check out her awesome Etsy shop of vintage treasures, if you want!
Ultimately inspiration struck in the form of this origami lamp from Sweet Sweet Life, which I think I originally found via Apartment Therapy’s Ohdeedoh.
That lamp was inspired by a lamp that costs over $210. And I thought, I have origami skills! I could do that! $200+ is ridiculous! Though I’ve been into origami for a while, I really honed my skills when I got laid off in October of 2008 and decided to use my abundant free time crafting origami Christmas ornaments.
Of course, I wouldn’t just make a giant origami lamp for someone’s nursery without asking, but I remembered my friend liking the lamp when I posted about it on Facebook. So I shot her a quick note and asked if she’d be interested in an origami lamp for the baby’s nursery, and she said sure! I inquired about the color scheme: “i’m planning on doing olive green, lime green, fuschia, light pink, lemon drop yellow and lots of wood grains, burlap and galvanized steel (like those buckets)… if that helps”
So I headed off to Hobby Lobby, where, to my luck, scrapbooking paper was on sale for half off! I selected a variety of large squares, which are normally $0.59 apiece, in the colors she had mentioned, supplementing with traditional origami paper in coordinating colors. After that came the folding. Holy crap, what a lot of folding. I’d say it takes about 250 cranes to cover a typical lamp shade. Luckily, it’s an activity you can do in front of the TV, and luckily for me, Jon knows how to fold cranes, and he helped me with my folding load. Still, I’d say it was about 12 hours of folding…so THAT’S why they cost over $200. You can follow this tutorial video to learn how to fold an origami crane.
I applied the cranes to the lamp with a hot-glue gun, which took about 4 hours, during which time I watched “The West Wing” on my laptop– I’m newly hooked on the show, having missed it when it originally aired.
So, there you have it. The Coolest Lamp in the World. The World’s Most Ambitious Origami Lamp Project! All you need is: a lamp shade, a glue gun, enough paper for around 250 cranes, and a crapload of free time.