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Making an Origami Lampshade with Origami-Est

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 Living 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!

Getting our fold on with @origami_est and @pinkscharming at @southwoodstores #origami

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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.My finished mini origami lampshade

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. Origami lampshade filled 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.

having a GREAT morning at @southwoodstores folding gorgeous mini lampshades . #timelapse #origami #masterclass #lampshades

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How to Make Your Own Origami

Est runs frequent workshops, so pop over to her website to check if any are near you. 

Have you ever tried Origami? I think it’s really fun and great for stress release as you really have to concentrate!

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  1. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    1st May 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I have Esther’s book and often make little things from it. I love origami. It’s amazing what you can make with paper.

    1. Becky Pink

      1st May 2017 at 8:39 pm

      I really need to get the book! I’m attempting the big version of this lampshade next, I’m a bit nervous! xx

  2. Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    29th April 2017 at 8:13 pm

    What an amazing workshop, I’d have loved to do something like this. The finished product looks beautiful, love the colours X #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      30th April 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks I am going to try the big one next, wish me luck! xx

  3. Rachel

    28th April 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Wow, I love your lampshade. That paper is beautiful. The workshop looks like lots of fun too – I wish I lived closer!

    1. Becky Pink

      29th April 2017 at 10:30 am

      Thanks Rachel, she does workshops in London and Bristol too if that’s any good! xx

  4. Nancy Straughan

    27th April 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve done one of Est’s workshops before, she’s so talented. I love origami (event if I’m a bit rubbish at it!).


    1. Becky Pink

      27th April 2017 at 9:28 pm

      I was a bit rubbish too and got carried away doing too many folds but luckily you can’t tell! xx

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