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These sculptural, origami-inspired DIYs will add a bright splash of colour to your home

Steven Sabados shows us how to embrace the geometric decor trend in just a few folds.

Steven Sabados shows us how to embrace the geometric decor trend in just a few folds.

Geometric shapes are showing up everywhere in the style and design worlds right now, from sunglasses and jewelry to the most stylish shelving solutions. Always on-trend, and inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami, Steven Sabados combined the two to create these super simple DIY vases and lampshades. Here's how to make them in just a few folds, and add a bright splash of angular colour to any room in your home in the process.

Vase

What you'll need:

  • High grade paper (It needs to be sturdy and thick enough so that you won't score through it.)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Butter knife
  • Glue
  • Small plant in simple planter  

Directions: 

1. Use this stencil as a guide to measure out the lines and mark them on the paper with a pencil.

2. Using a butter knife, score your paper so the paper folds easily. You can use an exacto knife if you'd like, but be extra careful. To score, you only need to apply a light pressure to the paper and be sure not to cut all the way through the paper.

3. Fold the paper along the score lines.

4. Glue the paper closed, place it over your planter and you're done. Set a small plant inside, or a glass with fresh cut flowers, and you've got a very on-trend vase. 

Lampshade

What you'll need:

  • High grade paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Butter knife
  • Lamp cord kit with LED bulb
  • Clamp
  • One-hole punch
  • Cord or string

Directions:

1. Measure out your fold lines with a pencil on both sides of the paper. Use these templates (front, back) as your guide. Try not to press hard.

2. Now, fold along the score lines.

3. Flip it over and score along your measured lines on the other side of your paper. Fold along those lines as well. Your piece, fully folded and clamped, should look like this:

3. When you're finished folding, hole punch along the top, pre-marking your spots to ensure they're even and going one layer at a time.

4. Sew through holes with your thread, and pop the shape open. Glue the two ends together.

5. Attach your lighting kit and pull the thread tight to secure it.

TIP: use an LED light to avoid overheating or burning your paper.

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