Lamp with paper plates
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Category DIY & Handicraft | Skills: Skill | Author: FMIS | Language : Language | Difficulty level : Easy | Time : 60min Share Take Challenge Add Activity


Everyone likes original forms. Items that not only fulfil the basic functions, but also attract the eye and intrigue. The lamp presented below looks like it was created by an expensive design studio, and was made in a few minutes from paper plates.


The activity shall be implemented in 2 stages:

  1. Collection all necessary materials and making a calculation of the size of the lampshade in relation to lamp base.
  2. Making lamp with paper plates.


You will learn:

  • Distinguish between geometric flat figures and solids (e.g., circle, diameter, cylinder, etc.)
  • To make calculations: addition, multiplication
  • Convert the quantity, units of length
  • Simplicity, aesthetics, accuracy and discipline
  • Search additional information on the Internet


After completing the activity, you will achieve the following skills:

  • Logical thinking
  • Regularity
  • Constructive thinking, situational imagination
  • Accuracy and manual precision
  • Facilitate memorizing
  • Spatial imagination
  • Creative abilities


After completing the activity, the learners will achieve the following skills:

  • Reading and writing competence (careful reading with understanding, understanding and using new concepts)
  • Mathematical competence (counting, using simple measuring tools, mathematical thinking)
  • IT competences (using information society technologies, using a computer, searching for information on the Internet, critical use of information contained on the Internet)
  • Creativity competence. 
  • Work planning and organisation


To prepare a lampshade, we need:

  • Hot glue gun with clear glue sticks
  • Paper plates with a diameter of 18 cm (about  50 pieces)


  • Table lamp base
  • Cylindrical shade as the basis of the lampshade, the same color as plates (height 13 cm, diameter 15 cm)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Block binding or upper part of a kitchen knife
  • A pot or similar dish to keep the cylinder during work


How to prepare a lampshade with paper plates?

1.    Fold the paper plates in half and smooth the crease. Place the ruler parallel to the recess at a distance of 0,5 cm and mark the line with a pencil. Holding the paper plate folded, cut it along the marked line with scissors (see: picture No 1).

This plate (half a paper plate) will be a template for marking the bending line on the other paper plates.

2.    Place another plate in front of you (center up) and place the half-cut plate on it (see point 1), aligning it along the rounded edge. Apply the steel ruler along the straight edge. Using the binding block, mark the recess along the entire length of the paper plate. Repeat the operation on the opposite side of the plate so that two parallel recesses are formed at a distance of about 1 cm. Place the plate along the folds towards the back and smooth to obtain a sharp edge (see: picture No 2)

3.    Insert the glue stick into the glue gun and set the temperature to a low level. Place the lampshade on the dish with the bottom up. Apply the glue in the middle of the side edge (1 cm wide) of the paper plate and stick it vertically to the surface of the lampshade. One of the bent edges will be on a par with the vertical seam (stitch) of the lampshade.

4.    Repeat activity from point 3). Glue the next paper plates (prepared according point 2) next to the previous one around the lampshade. Make sure that they are evenly distributed in relation to the top and bottom of the lampshade. When the whole shade is covered with plates, you can attach it to the lamp base and screw in the bulb.

Your lamp is ready!



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