Making Miniature Tiki Lights, Part 3

Making Miniature Tiki Lights, Part 3

I’m not going to mince words: This hut-style tiki lamp was a hassle.

Starting on the lamp base

Starting on the lamp base

Making the bottom of the lamp

Making the bottom of the lamp

I happen to own a rather large industrial hole punch, so I used it to punch out a big hole for the bottom of the lamp. I didn’t think having the light diffuse from the sides of the lamp would be enough. (I used pieces of mat board for the top, bottom, and roof, as it’s much sturdier than paper.)

Making the roof, one panel at a time

Making the roof, one panel at a time

Gluing the "walls" in place

Gluing the “walls” in place

The “walls” of the hut are made of parchment-style craft paper and – again – more scraps of bamboo placemat. And gluing them was very, very tricky. (I don’t recommend Superglue for this kind of project. It soaks through paper and looks awful. By the way, NEVER use Superglue on fabric.) I painted the roof and bottom brown.

Drying next to the first two lamps

Drying next to the first two tiki lamps

I added bamboo thatch roofing, which wound up taking longer than expected, since I had to put it on in layers and wait for the glue to dry each time. And don’t worry, I trimmed that uneven fringe when the glue was completely dry.

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