I have had a treat this weekend – two and a half hours of folding paper with the lovely Est from Origami-Est. I went to one of her workshops at Southwood Stores near Milton Keynes last year, and it was brilliant. We made origami fairy lights and I was so happy with how they turned out. So when I noticed there were more workshops on offer, my sister and I booked straight on.
Making an Origami Lampshade
This time, we each made a mini origami lampshade, which was a bit more challenging than the fairy lights. We just needed some pieces of paper and a ruler to start off with. It took me ages to choose my paper, but I went for a navy blue with a pink paint splatter effect.
I went a bit wrong, and Est had to help me, a moment my sister Debbie caught on camera!
I kept getting carried away talking to Est and the other lovely ladies in the class. You really need to pay attention, otherwise it goes a bit wrong. Luckily the extra folds I put in didn’t show up, phew! I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
I had planned to pop it on a wall light in our hall, but it’s actually a bit too small.
So I decided to pop it on our mantlepiece and fill it with fairy lights.
I have bought a kit to make a matching large lampshade, which I am excited to make. I think they will go in our bedroom eventually.
Set took a time-lapse video of us folding our lampshades and it turned out really well.
How to Make Your Own Origami
There are a few more workshops at Southwood Stores, near Milton Keynes. and you can book them online. Next, I’m going to make a geometric origami lampshade, and I can’t wait! If you don’t fancy folding your own, Est makes origami you can buy ready made, on her online shop, where you can also find details of other workshops around the south of England.
Have you ever tried Origami? I think it’s really fun and great for stress release as you really have to concentrate!