As stated in my previous post, I decided not to buy any lanterns and lights this Diwali, preferring to re-use what I have.
Once upon a time, it was hot pink and went with our whole pink Diwali balcony decor. A year later and the paper is brittle and washed out, but the structure of the lampshade was still good.
A little Pinterest inspiration later and I was cutting little circles in blue paper and gluing them away.
For this project I bought 10 big sheets of blue kite paper, but have some leftovers so I guess I could have done it with 8 sheets.
I cut strips of paper across all 10 sheets and secured them with a binder clip. Then, I used a drinking glass to draw circles on the top sheet and cut them all in one go.
The wire goes in a spiral from top to bottom, you simply keep following it as you go. By the end of it, your entire lampshade will be covered in blue overlapping circles of paper giving it a fish scale appearance. Don't worry too much about the glue dripping a little, it's fine, each overlapping layer will cover the drips, just make sure it doesn't reach the unglued tip of your "scale".
To complete this project I took 2 hours, including the paper cutting and pasting.