Asian Style Lamp

3 Materials
45 Minutes

This Asian-style lamp enchants with its warm light and flexible location. On the table, next to the bed or on a small shelf – it can be placed almost anywhere and creates a cozy atmosphere.

This beautiful table lamp with an Asian look can be made from threaded rods, parchment paper and poplar plywood. The more parchment paper you use, the softer the lighting will be.

Materials & tools
  • 2 panels made of poplar plywood, 5 mm thick, 20 x 22 cm
  • 4 threaded rods, 4 mm diameter, each 20 cm length
  • 16 nuts M4
  • 16 cap nuts M4
  • 12 washers
  • E14 lamp holder with fastening screws
  • Cable with switch and plug
  • Energy-saving lamp, e.g. Eco Classic 50 or Softone from Philips
  • 25 sheets of parchment paper (A4)
  • Jigsaw, hacksaw
  • Cordless drill with Forstner bit, 25 mm
  • Sanding block with 150 grit sandpaper
  • Combination wrench, 4 mm
  • Ruler, scalpel, scissors, hole punch, Phillips screwdriver

Saw panels

Cut two square panels measuring 22 x 22 centimeters from 5 millimeter thick poplar plywood using a jig saw.

Then drill four holes per panel in the corners of the panels. A diameter of four millimeters per hole is sufficient. The distance between the holes and the edge is 1.7 centimeters. Sand the panels by hand on both sides.

Mount the socket

The lamp socket is now mounted on the base plate. To do this, drill a 25 millimeter hole in the middle of the base plate with the Forstner bit. The lamp socket is inserted through this and fixed with screws from the lower side. Since the base plate will later stand on nuts and cap nuts, the cable has enough leeway.

Cut the threaded rods to length

Use a hacksaw to shorten the threaded rods to 20 centimeters.

Work on sharp edges with a metal file. They are then inserted through the holes in the base plate and fixed with nuts and washers.

Cut the parchment paper

Cut the parchment paper to the size of 21 x 21 centimeters. Punch a hole in each corner with the hole punch (distance to the edge: one centimeter).

Cut out a circle nine centimeters in diameter for the light source.

Crumple the paper up a little by hand and pull it over the threaded rods.

Insert the lamp

When choosing the light source, you should use an energy-saving lamp with 40 watts. This doesn’t get very warm and is easy on the wallet in the long run. Finally, put the wooden lid over the threaded rods and secure with cap nuts. The Asian style lamp is ready!

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1 question
  • Mimi
    on Nov 19, 2020

    How do you keep the paper from burning?

    • Candace
      on Nov 19, 2020

      Doesn’t the base of LED bulbs get quite hot after a while on? Mine do. However, with the heat tolerance of parchment paper, it may not be a problem.

      lovely lamp with a soft glow. Very nice for reading in bed.

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  • William
    on Nov 17, 2020

    Lovely lamp. Very simple to make but looks good

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