Original DIY papercraft lamps made in Portugal

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Original DIY papercraft lamps made in Portugal

OWL paperlamps is a design brand created in September 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Inspired by the origami art of folding paper figures, we combine modelling with illumination to design original papercraft lamps. Whether your OWL paperlamp is lit or turned off, it will certainly be an eye catcher.

We invite you to join the process and build your own model, as all OWL paperlamps consist of a DIY kit for you to assemble our designs. We prepare the challenge, you accomplish it.

We hope you enjoy our OWL paperlamps as much as we do. If you have any difficulty, you can always contact us and we’ll try to give you our best support.

Ready? Turn on the light!

Hugo & Teresa

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  • Teresa Almeida


    Teresa is envolved throughout the whole conception and production process of OWL paperlamps. She is an architect in Lisbon and spends her time in the studio surrounded by the crowd of paper models that pop up all around her.

  • Hugo Formiga


    Hugo is our head designer employing all his 3D modelling skills to give shape to our designs. He works as an architect in Lisbon and dedicates a good amount of time to building our family of OWL paperlamps.

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Last updated on Mar 26, 2018
Frequently asked questions
What does each OWL paperlamp kit contain?

Each kit includes a pre-cut paper model and a base with an E14 light bulb socket, an electrical cord with switch and a europlug CEE7 (type C). Other plug options include UK plugs (type G) and EU to US plug adapters (type A). Also included is an assembly guide and an extra practice model. Light bulbs are optional. Please note that you should only use LED light bulbs and that these must have an E14 fitting. This is a european standard that might not be available in your country (e.g. US, Canada and Japan).

Check each item's description for more information on each item's content.

How long will it take to assemble an OWL paperlamp?

You will spend a few hours assembling your paperlamp, so take time to do this in a relaxed way. Consider taking breaks between steps – there’s no need to rush.

Every model requires different assembly durations, depending on the complexity, size or number of pieces. Also, have in mind that some people are more experienced with modelling.

With some patience and dedication you will be happy with your result!

Which auxiliary tools do I need?

To crease the paper you will need a sharp end that does NOT cut (like the metal tip of a mechanical pencil) and a ruler.
You will also need glue, we recommend UHU® All Purpose Adhesive glue.

What type of light bulb should I use?

Only use LED light bulbs and equivalent energy saving light bulbs that do not generate heat. These should have an E14 fitting, which is a european standard and might not be available in your country (e.g. US, Canada, Japan).

Dimensions: max. 4,5cm diameter and 11cm height, except for the Barn Owl Paperlamp which uses a bulb with max. 8cm height.

We recommend about 200 to 400lm (lumen) intensity. The light bulb should not be in direct contact with the paper model. This will not happen if you follow the assembly instructions correctly and use an adequate light bulb.

Have in mind that light bulbs have different colour temperatures, we recommend 4000K. Your paperlamp’s glow may vary depending if you use a warmer or cooler light source.

Custom and personalised orders

Custom orders welcome! Contact us and tell us what you want and we try to create something unique for you.

Wholesale availability

Please contact us! We'd love to discuss the opportunity!