I have long been smitten with hanji, Korean handmade paper that has an endless variety of uses. In Korea it lines walls in traditional (and modern) homes and is layered to create boxes and other items. But in an instant DIY (do it yourself, you know, what we  used to call being “handy”) moment, I whipped up a hallway light out of my stash of hanji.

The light fixture is clearly out of the 1970s and not in a good way. The lucite jewels and beads could look good in other applications but they need to go. So I quickly removed them, measured a piece of bright orange hanji, and wedged it between the base of the fixture and the wall. Done. The Fig Garden Project has one more to-do knocked off the list.

And if you are wondering about those lucite beads, it’s too late: I gave them to a very talented local couture jewelry artist who unequivocally deserves them.

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The DIY light fixture before

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The DIY light fixture during

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The DIY light fixture after, with hanji

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.