There are so many wonderful ways to integrate paper with incandescent lighting. Paper is often a perfect and simple solution for softening the glare of a bulb. These luminaria are suitable both indoors and out. Use them to line a walkway, provide the focal point for a centerpiece, or add ambience to mantel decorations.
Use paper that is sturdy, translucent, and decorative—this is the perfect project to show it off. If you want to use a fragile paper that will not stand on its own, line the paper with styrene to add structural support.
1/4-inch double-sided tape or white glue
13- x 8-inch paper (grain must run in the 8-inch direction
4-inch diameter, battery-operated utility light<ol>
<li>1. Apply a strip of double-sided tape to the wrong side of one of the paper’s short edges.
<li>2. Remove the protective strip on the tape and place the bottom edge of the paper (the untaped side) on the edge of a utility light, making sure that the tape on the opposite side is facing in toward the light.
<li>3. Wrap the paper around the light until it fits snugly. Carefully attach the tape to the other edge of the paper.
<li>4. Repeat steps 1 and 3 to make more luminaria.
<li>5. Arrange the lights, turn them on, and slip the shades over the lights. Remember to turn the lights off after you are done using them.
<li>6. Optional: You could place two or three small pieces of tape on the rim to secure the luminaria in place. However, you will have to reach all the way inside the shade to turn the light on.
Adapted from Paper Illuminated by Helen Hiebert (Storey Books, 2001).