$50-100 / Accessories / Handmade / Lighting

A Little Light Play: Punctured Paper Lampshades by warpeDesign


I used to be seriously afraid of the dark when I was a little girl. I would see monsters in every shadow and picture my dolls coming to life behind my closed closet doors. I have the old Child’s Play movies to thank for that last one. But now, I absolutely love sitting in the dark. Rather than scary, I find it to be relaxing, and sometimes it’s the only way I can get my mind to shut down. My husband and I have been looking for a lamp for our room, since we both love being in the dark and hate using the bright overhead lighting. These Punctured Paper Lampshades by Etsy seller warpeDesign are a dream come true.

The dark shades will keep the room in relative darkness, just the way we like it, with just enough light to allow us to walk around the room without tripping. But I am much, much more impressed by the beautiful, hand-punctured holes that create elaborate designs on the shades. I can just imagine the textures these shades would create on our walls.


I’m not sure if warpeDesigns uses recycled paper in their creations, but these handmade beauties were too good to pass up. They do make some cards on recycled paper with the same hand-punctured technique, so hopefully, that practice will soon carry over to their lampshades. They recommend use of a bulb no larger than 40 watts (paper is flammable, after all), and I would suggest you take that one step further by using a compact fluorescent or LED light bulb, which burn much cooler than traditional incandescent bulbs and, of course, require much less energy.

If my local Goodwill can deliver a suitable base, I see a beautiful warpeDesign lampshade in my future. They are available in black and white paper, but I’m partial to the black.

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade in the U.S. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Price: $55-90

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • kit
    July 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Nice find! I also enjoy light through punctured paper.

    kits last blog post..Rice paste resist, before and after

  • Meg T
    July 14, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    love this!

  • deana - green with glamour
    July 15, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I have been jonzing for a black shade!!! My grandmother’s house is the epitome of high style for me. I’ve copied everything from her choices in artwork & textiles to taking any design discard she passes my way, but it was only the last time I visited that I realized how many black paper shades she employs in her home. They’re not great for reading or playing cards, but for setting a mood – they’re divine!

  • jennae
    July 15, 2009 at 8:33 am

    @deana I never thought I would like a black shade until I saw these. The light play from the holes makes it so dynamic that you can barely tell the shade is made of black paper. And it sounds like I would love your grandmother’s taste as well!


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