Recycled lamp fixture made from paper towel rolls & aluminum foil
My kitchen’s lamp fixture was a bare lamp holder for a long time, since I didn’t know what to do with it. You know that I spend so much time in the kitchen preparing delis, so if I was going to have a lamp fixture it would be something that would create a nice focused light. And also I was collecting kitchen paper towel rolls for a long time with out knowing what I would like to do with them.
Until it hit me, a lamp fixture made by kitchen paper rolls. Boom!
Supplies: kitchen paper rolls, aluminum foil, silicone glue gun, atlacoll, brown recycled wrapping paper (or another piece of paper or fabric), jar’s cap, X-acto knife
1. Cut the kitchen paper roll alongside, with the knife and end up with an open rectangle.
2. At the bottom corner of the rectangular put liquid silicone and glue that corner with the next triangle’s one diagonally. Press it for some seconds and it’s ready.
3. Glue 3-4 of them together and test if they can form a closed cone when wrapped around the lampholder. Better the upper cone's hole to be a little larger than the lampholder diameter, than smaller (for me: 4 rolls end up giving a small upper cone’s hole and the 5 gave a larger one, so I went for the 5 ones)
4. The internal side of the lamp (the one facing towards the lamp) will be covered with aluminum foil. Don't mind if the foil can be showed to the external side, that one will also be covered with paper. Add silicone glue between the gaps and edges of the aluminum foil, so that you have a compact, solid surface.
5. Place the open cone on a big piece of recycled brown paper (or any other print or fabric) and draw its pattern. Let 2-3cm of excess paper around its perimeter when cutting it. Fold these 2-3cm “ears” inwards, put silicone on them and glue on the external side of the open cone. Add silicone in any big openings and anywhere else needed. Let it dry and then close the cone and keep it fixed like that using a big metal clip. You can do that with glue too, but I love to idea of hanging and unhanging it whenever I feel so. Plus there is 6. below, where you have to open again the cone. So use a clip.
6. There is the possibility that when closing the cone, the upper cone's hole won't stuck on the lampholder (eg. like in my situation). If that happens, so the following. Take an old jar’s cap and find its center. Cut a circle around it (big enough for the lamp’s cable to pass through fit) and cut its radius too. Beware of your fingers and do that on a concrete floor, not on wood or tiles please.
7. Set the cap-holder around the cable and then on that place the cone-lamp fixture. And it's ready.
The foil in the fixture’s inside creates a very beautiful focused light and because of fixture’s structure the upper side of the room remains some tones darker than the lower part of the room. Nice effect, huh?
Happy crafting and if you want more home diys check my crafts index here.