A few weeks ago, I came across a d.i.y. lighted paper pennant garland on a beautiful wedding planning blog, oncewed.com. Instead of using the craft paper the original design suggested, I decided to try out this project with some of my new Chiyogami (Japanese silkscreened paper.)
The paper garland follows a simple template design available here. The step to step instructions on how to make them are also available here. A good bone folder, an x-acto knife on a self-healing mat, ruler, pencil, your choice of paper, a glue stick, hole puncher (optional) and a string of decorative lights were all the supplies I needed to make my glowing pyramids.
The most important part to this project is choosing the right type of paper. Since it needs to be lit up from the inside, it is ideal to pick a paper that is not only thin enough to allow light to pass through but also allows the colours to glow. Some decorative papers lose their vivid colours to dull silhouettes when lit. So it is always wise to do a light test by the window when you’re deciding on paper.
I find Katazome-shi paper the best for lighting up from behind, but chiyogami paper also works most of the time. If you are looking for a solid colour instead of a patterned paper, try handmade kozo (mulberry) paper that comes in many different colours. These glowing pyramids are an easy and exciting way to light up a small space.
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