You'll need about seven standard-sized manila folders. If you don't already have these on hand, head to the dollar store to find them for crazy cheap. Just make sure there is no visible writing or markings on them, as those will show through in the finished product.
Chop the curved tops off of four of the the manila folders. Be sure this cut is straight. Try sketching the straight edge out with a ruler and cut with scissors, or just use a paper cutter. Once you're finished trimming, the finished folder should be about 8 inches from spine to edge.
Next, with the three leftover manila folders, cut in 3 inch pieces perpendicular to the spine (so the spine is still in tact when you cut.) When you're done, you should have 12 strips that look a little something like this!
The large manila folders will eventually curve around to form a square once attached to each other. It should also stand up perfectly on its own. Repeat the same process on the smaller strips, making three squares of four sheets each.
Next, measure out one of your smaller squares, marking the vertical and horizontal center points with a pencil. Then, mark two spots an equal distance away from the center and puncture with a chopstick, taking it through to the other side. Repeat this process on both sides of the square, then take the chopsticks out for the next step.
Cover all of the squares with a light coating of decoupage. Crinkle your tissue paper slightly for a touch of texture, then affix to the squares. Jeanette at dollarstorecrafts.com suggests using lighter-toned tissue paper. Since manila folders will naturally give off a warm, golden light when lit, you don't want to cover up that ambiance with dark paper.
Now glue the larger square to the upper ends of the last square's chopsticks with about a 3 to 4 inch space in between. Follow by re-adding the chopsticks to the perforated square, then glue it about 2 inches above the larger square, using a new set of four chopsticks to elevate it. Finally, add the last square 2 inches above the perforated square and trim any excess chopsticks on top.
Lastly, thread your hanging light bulb through the bottom of the lamp so that it rests comfortably in the perforated chopstick layer of the lamp. (You'll want to purchase a hanging light bulb with a plastic cage around it to prevent your lamp possibly catching fire.)
Whether you want pretty, ambient lighting or need to draw some Asian inspiration into your space, this cost-effective craft looks like the real deal. Break out those chopsticks and get gluing, because this DIY comes together in a snap.