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This DIY tutorial shows you how to make pendant lamps with some deft folds of paper

This DIY tutorial shows you how to make pendant lamps with some deft folds of paper

Have you stopped to admire a piece of origami art at some point and assumed it’s far too complicated for you? Himanshu Agrawal, an internationally acclaimed origami artist who has pursued origami for over 30 years and holds records in large-scale works, bursts the bubble on that one. “Origami may look complex but it’s all about simple concepts of geometry. The more you persevere, the better you get.” The Beautiful Homes team wanted to test those words out. So, we exclusively commissioned two origami objects to him - covers for fairy lights and a pendant lamp. Diwali is around the corner, so what better way to ditch the store-bought lamps for a change!

“The fairy lights require regular origami folds based on 22.5 degrees symmetry, and the pendant lamp involves a simpler concept of pleats,” explains the artist. “The idea here was to bring out the three-dimensional form using different origami techniques for a unique end result.” On a scale of complexity, we found that the pendant lights were simpler to pleat up, while the fairy light covers were a wee bit more challenging. But it’s worth every bit of effort when you finally get it right.

Watch the video and try it out yourself!


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