Published on September 1st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Coffee filter light assembly

Materials: Melodi light fixture/with cord assembly

Description: I needed something a bit more elaborate for a modern, hip den (not formal living room), so I purchased three packs of bleached coffee filters (480 ea)and folded each and everyone of them on half, and one more time half, sort of created a paper flower with frills.

Than glued them on top of the shade (White Melodi, and I am still working on it…it takes forever, so please arm yourself with patience!!!!) to achieve a very posh effect.

I will post the pictures I have taken from the process and the finished product when it is installed. Similar fixtures can be find at for over $1200.00 I saved about 1118.00 and you can too!

~ Mila Ilieva, Oakland

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

12 Responses to Coffee filter light assembly

  1. Mila says:

    Yes, You are right! :)
    No fire hazard as long as you use energy efficient bulbs, better yet – LED’s! :)
    Cheaper and safer!



  2. Mila says:

    I am sorry I am just replying to your message, something happened to my “ikea hackers” account right after this post and I have never been able to regain control over it.
    I can guide you through the filter folding if you’d like, please add me to your Skype addy’s so I can show you how to do it.I haven’t been able to shoot and post movies successfully with my phone – this is why I don’t offer.

    my Skype addy is mila_ilieva67
    Thank you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I bought the lamp (but the Regolit) and the white coffee filters and was so excited to make my lamp BUT when I fold the filters like in the description they do not get frills. Any idea why?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Have you finished this lamp yet? I’m anxious to see the result!

  5. Cynthia says:

    Post the inspiration pic please…

  6. Neomig says:

    looks o intriguing, i can’t wait to see the final result!
    Would you explain what are those small triangles?
    How did you cut the coffee filters?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh why am I writing in german… sorry ^^
    I was saying that my melodi lamp with a 20W energy-saving bulb does not get even slightly warm. For many reasons, LED bulbs are the better choice, though. look for “LED corn bulb” on eBay and get a big one around 10…15W, they work great with transculent lampshades since they emit light in every direction and have enough power to penetrate these thick layers of paper.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ich finde den Look sehr gut. Bitte posten wenn es fertig ist. Was die Hitze angeht: ich betreibe gerade eine Melodi mit einer 20W-Energiesparlampe von IKEA. Der Lampenschirm wird kein Bisschen warm. Trotzdem wäre aus vielen Gründen die bessere Wahl eine LED Corn Light Bulb (bei eBay suchen).

  9. Stacy Hurt says:

    I too am concerned about the heat generated from the light. I suppose if you used one of those tiny fake candle lights it might be all right but would that generate enough luminosity to penetrate all that paper? I’m anxious to see this finished!

  10. Anonymous says:

    nice, unless… it goes up in flames after 5 minutes.

  11. benoit says:

    Picture with power please.

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