DIY: Watercolor Japanese Lantern

Julie Carlson

To be filed under "Do try this at home": watercolor-splashed Japanese paper lanterns, courtesy of Danish textile and product designer Ditte Maigaard, who runs the Ditte Maigaard Studio.

To see more DIY products from this inventive Dane, go to Made by Maigaard.

Regolit Pendant Lamp Shades
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Regolit Pendant Lamp Shades

Above: Maigaard bought a trio of "anonymous, cheap" Regolit Pendant Lamp Shades from Ikea ($4.99 each) and created a hanging lamp "made much more interesting with watercolor paint."

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Above: A detail shot of Maigaard's handiwork.

Faber Castle's Watercolor Paint Set
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Faber Castle's Watercolor Paint Set

Above: Maigaard used standard-issue watercolors; for something similar, consider Faber Castle's Watercolor Paint Set, $8.99 from Amazon.

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Above: The lanterns installed over Maigaard's dining table.

Here at Remodelista, we have a weakness for inexpensive paper lanterns. See DIY: Ombre Pink Paper Lamp Shade and Five Favorites: Paper Lantern DIYs.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original post ran on March 8, 2013 as part of our Japonesque issue.