Make Any Lamp Shade Look Totally High-End With This Easy DIY

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And finally: In some cases, a one-of-a-kind decorative lamp shade can actually be quite simple to DIY (not to mention it'll cost a fraction of the price of a truly high-end one). While we'd suggest leaving anything pleated or gathered up to the pros ( click here for some of our favorite ready-made versions), if you're simply looking to upgrade an existing shade with a new color or pattern, it's as easy as gluing on some decorative paper or fabric. (Or you could paint it !)

Since we're currently obsessed with all things marbled, we're going to show you how to make your own custom shade using handmade paper from Etsy. But you can use just about any decorative paper—try it with a favorite wrapping paper, wallpaper, or even an oversized vintage print! Make sure to add trim to the edges to give it a truly finished (read: not DIY-y) look.

You'll Need

diy marbled paper lampshade

  • A paper or parchment lamp shade
  • Marbled paper (or other decorative paper)
  • Ribbon, bias tape, or other trim for the edges
  • Spray adhesive
  • Kraft paper
  • Craft knife
  • Clothespins

Handmade Paper

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Parchment Lamp Shade

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Kraft Paper Roll - 100 Feet

Juvale Kraft Paper Roll - 100 Feet

Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive

Gorilla Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive

Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue

iLoveToCreate Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue

Heavy Duty Die Cast Craft Knife

Fiskars Heavy Duty Die Cast Craft Knife

How to diy a decorative paper lamp shade.

1. Create a template by rolling your shade across a piece of kraft paper (or other large sheet of paper), tracing the outline as you go. (Tip: Start and end at the lamp shade seam to make sure you've done one a full rotation.)

marbled paper shade diy

2. Cut out the template, leaving at least an inch of extra paper on each side. (It's better to have too much than too little!)

diy marbled paper lampshade

3. Check to make sure that the template is large enough by wrapping it around the shade.

diy marbled paper lampshade

4. If the template covers the shade completely, trace it on the back side of your decorative paper and cut out.

diy marbled paper lampshade

5. Spray both the back side of the decorative paper and the shade with a light coating of adhesive. You can use more kraft paper underneath to protect your work surface.

diy marbled paper lampshade

6. Attach the paper to the shade, smoothing it down as you go. Spray adhesive tends to dry quickly, so work fast!

diy marbled paper lampshade

7. Use glue to secure the edge.

diy marbled paper lampshade

8. Trim any overhang with a craft knife.

diy marbled paper lampshade

9. Glue a strip of bias trim, hem tape, or other trim around the top and bottom. (Tip: Fold it over the edge for a more finished look.)

diy marbled paper lampshade

10. Use clothespins to hold the trim in place as it dries.

diy marbled paper lampshade

Once the glue has dried, your shade is ready to use!

marbled paper lamp shade

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Introduction: How to Make a Unique Paper Lampshade

How to Make a Unique Paper Lampshade

If you want a unique and pretty lampshade that also doesn't break the bank, then you should gather up 2 sheets of your favorite paper and make this cute paper lampshade. It will dress up any room and give it an edgy, non-traditional look. Not bad considering it will take you only 10 minutes and the materials are probably already in your house. Ready, get set, go! Materials - 2 pieces of pretty 12 x 12 paper (I found a big pack at Ross for $5); scissors ($2); clear tape ($1); clear Contact paper ($5.68); pencil ($0.50) Time - 10 minutes Note: For the base, I just used an ugly brass colored one that I already had. I spray painted it white with Krylon Fusion spray paint.  *** Thanks for reading! You can see more at http://31diy.blogspot.com .***

Step 1: Tape 2 Pieces of Pretty Paper Together on One Side.

Tape 2 Pieces of Pretty Paper Together on One Side.

Flip it around and tape the outside, so that you are reinforcing both sides of the paper.  (FYI: When you are choosing the pieces of paper, hold them up to the light to see if you still like how they look.)

Step 2: Tape the Other Side of the Pieces of Paper Together to Form a Cylinder.�

Tape the Other Side of the Pieces of Paper Together to Form a Cylinder.�

Step 3: Place the Cylinder on Top of the Clear Contact Paper, and Draw a Circle Onto the Contact Paper That Is About an Inch Wider Than the Base of the Cylinder.

Place the Cylinder on Top of the Clear Contact Paper, and Draw a Circle Onto the Contact Paper That Is About an Inch Wider Than the Base of the Cylinder.

Step 4: Cut Out the Circle and Remove the Backing.

Cut Out the Circle and Remove the Backing.

Then cut slits (~1 inch) in the contact paper all the way around the circle. 

Step 5: Place the Circle of Contact Paper on Top of the Cylinder, and Gently Fold Down the Pieces of Contact Paper All the Way Around.

Place the Circle of Contact Paper on Top of the Cylinder, and Gently Fold Down the Pieces of Contact Paper All the Way Around.

This is what will hold up the paper shade.

Step 6: There You Go! That's All There Is to It!

There You Go! That's All There Is to It!

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Paper Lampshade DIY

how to make a paper lampshade

If you are looking for an easy and economical way to dress a light bulb, nothing is simpler than this DIY paper lampshade.

This paper lampshade is easy to make. You don’t need to make complicated folds or start a complex origami.

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Just print the template on paper sheets of your choice. Cut along the lines and glue!

And voila, you can make a lampshade in less than 30 minutes. It’s that simple to make this nice rounded ceiling lampshade.

how to make a paper lampshade

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Can I make a lampshade out of paper?

Many different materials can be used to make lampshades: fabric , glass, wicker, plastic and paper.

To DIY, we have to look for economical and easy to work materials. This is why paper is a great option to dress up a bulb.

As you will see in the tutorial, the paper lampshade rests on the socket and is not in contact with the bulb.

However, you have to use energy-saving or LED bulbs. These bulbs don’t emit heat and are safer than traditional halogen.

Plus you save energy, so it’s even better.

Supplies you will need to make the lampshade

  • 5 Paper sheets
  • The lampshade template

You will need 5 US letter size (or A4) paper sheets to print the lampshade pattern.

Choose any paper color you like. Remember the darker is the paper the less it lets light through. Think about the mood you want to create.

If you need some tips this post gives you the best tips for a great lighting decor. It explain all you need to know to set up proper lighting across your home.

What kind of paper is used for lampshades?

To make a paper lampshade prefer paper that diffuses the light as semi-transparent and light-colored papers.

Choose a paper that is a little tick and that will hold better than plain bond paper. Card stock paper will work great to make this lampshade.

My favorite paper to make lamp is textured paper, like drawing Canson paper . You can find them usually in art supply stores.

Canson paper has a really nice texture that will show when you light up the lamp and allow a warm and nice lighting.

You can make this lamp with any color of paper you like. Think about the ambience you want to create.

Remember the darker the paper is, the less light it will let through.

You can also work with patterned paper to create a unique decorative lampshade that will match your decoration.

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How to make a paper lampshade

print paper lampshade pattern

Download and print the lampshade pattern . You will need 5 sheet of paper.

Cut the paper lampshade template

Cut a first shape following the lines.

cut 5 identical pieces to make the paper lampshade

Keep cutting to have 5 identical shapes.

fold the flaps to make the paper lampshade

Fold the rounded flaps of every shape. Folding the flaps will help you assemble the lampshade.

glue the pieces together to make the paper lampshade

Take two shapes, put glue o the flaps and assemble. Start by align the bottom edges.

You can choose to keep the flaps visible, so you will have a lampshade with wavy edges, as I did.

Or you can hide the flaps inside the lampshade. You will have neat edges but the wavy edges may still show through paper transparency when you turn the light on.

press the flaps to ensure good adherence and have a nice shaped paper lampshade

Press each flap to ensure good adherence. Don’t hesitate to add glue if needed.

glue 5 pieces togheter to make the diy paper lampshade

Repeat the same steps to attach the five paper shapes together. Leave one side open to easily place the shade over the lamp.

place the paper lampshade around the bulb

Place the lampshade above the bulb, around the wire.

You don’t need to touch or make any electrical work. For safety ensure that the switch is turned off when placing the lampshade.

glue the paper lampshade

Add glue on the flaps and close the lampshade gluing the sides together.

You can help yourself using a paper clip to hold the bottom together while gluing the top part of the lampshade.

DIY paper lampshade

Light up the lamp and enjoy!

As you can see the wavy edges show more when the light is on and on light colored paper. I like this little detail.

paper lampshade diy

Which color would you like to make your lampshade? Would you like to try a patterned paper?

Watch the video tutorial to make a DIY paper lampshade

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This paper lampshade is an easy DIY, you can make one in less than 30 minutes.

The template is available as instant download . As soon as you complete your purchase you can print the pattern and start making your lampshade.

Have fun crafting with paper!

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DIY Origami Lampshade

Sometimes origami DIYs tend to be more of a hassle than fun, with all the stress of getting the folds exactly right and for someone who’s not so experienced at it, the whole process might seem a bit taunting. But trust me, if you follow these simple instructions, there is very little room for error.

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They look fabulous! Make sure you use a really low-wattage bulb or LED lights to make sure they don’t burn or catch fire…

I looks lovely and quite easy, but i still can’t figure out how it should “naturally folds into place” how to come from a folded paper into a 3d object. Would anyone mind helping, please?

Sorry it’s taken me so long to answer, we’ve been caught up in the Holiday fever. The DIY origami Lampshade is quite simple in the end, it is all about getting the folds exactly right! It took me a few tries before mastering it, so don’t give up! If you do the folding in right order, and precisely, using 160 gsm paper, the lamp starts to form while folding. Of course you need to help and guide the folds with your fingers, and here’s a tip: try squeezing the top end of the lamp (the tighter one) to a tight bunch while widening the folds at the other end. Hope I was some help, good luck with the lamp, and a great new year!

If I cloud I would…. but I have same problem.

Hi Fakchan The Origami Lampshade is doable, but it might need some practice to master. The key to succeeding is to make sure the folding is done precisely. And remember that each “colored line” is folded to the same direction. So after you’re done with the “black lines” you should already have the paper in a circular shape. And when you get further, keep checking what the finish shape should look like and make sure the cross folds are exactly on spot. Of course it wont magically fold into place but with a little help I promise it can be done 🙂

Nice work! Do you happen to know the Origami Lampshades? They are quite similar.

I love your website… I started origami 3 or 4 years ago and I love it! Recently on Pinterest I saw a Origami Ceiling Rose but I can’t find any instructions or tutorials on it…Do you know how? Or at least lead me in the right direction. Again, I love your work!!! Thanks!!!

Hi! I like much of your work. Could you tell me what kind of paper is used to make lampshade?

Hi there – Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I am a bit confused about it too…but maybe I’ll try it out on spare paper first too. I guess looking at photos of your finished-product, the vertical black lines are always concave, and the red lines, and blue lines are opposite, i.e. Convex? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick? I’m excited to make the ‘green’ version to go atop table-lamps. Thanks again, and hope to hear from you soon! Maya.

Hi! I just finished my lampshade! And yes, Maya, you are right, that the black lines fold one way, then all the diagonal lines are folded the opposite way. If you look closely at the picture, you will see that is how it’s done. Another way to explain is that the ‘inside’ of each diamond is folding towards the center of the lamp and the ‘outside’ or outline of each diamond is folding towards the outside. I hope this helps! (try it with one side of a file folder first to get the idea.) The paper I used is what we in Canada call Bristol Board or Posterboard, but a slightly flimsy kind, not a super stiff kind. Hope that helps!

thanks for the tutorial, they look great!

Just a few questions: Which way did you tape the A4 pages together? The short sides or the long sides (so they form A3)? On the drawing the proportions look a little strange.

I have a short lamp with a CFL light bulb screwed into the top of it. Its way too bright because there’s no lampshade over it. I’m afraid that if I put the origami lampshade over it, the paper will burn. Any thoughts? Thanks! Excited to try!

The A4 papers are ajoined horizontally, by the short side, to form one long piece of paper.

Hey, thank you for the post; a question though, I’ve made the first half, will get an a0 and cut it in half, but once done how to glue them to close the circle? I men neatly and cleanly … i would want to do it from the inside … right? Any hints for that.

Also I used staples to keep the top part closed, but Im afraid it’ll look lumpy once hanged, is there a

I’m hardly experienced with paperfolding, but I’m also giving this awesome lamp a go today. I would recommend to use a litte excesspaper (i believe it is called a ‘tab’) to glue the parts together. You can glue togheter quite easily if you keep the papers flat so you can form a cilinder, before re-folding al the folds again to get the shape. This is how i just closed my scrappaper-try-out. Hope this helps.

Kind regards, Suhela

Do you have any instructions on how to make a pleated accordion origami ball/lampshade or a curved accordion pleated half moon crescent or can you recommend an origami book to buy on spheres balls and curved dome shapes please! Wish I could attach pix of my interest.

Hi Thank you for sharing I read all the comments before making these lampshades. I then made them smaller to suit my project in the room. Worked out just right. Enjoyed the challenge. Susan

Hi! How do you decide the proportions of the distance for the lines? Do you draw the lines first? Thank you!

What are the dimensions of the paper?

fantaaasssstttiiicccccc fanks sooo much guyz

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How to Make a Paper Lampshade

A lampshade is one of those seemingly inconsequential additions that you make to your room, which end up becoming the main attraction. This article will give you some ideas on how you can make paper lampshades to further enhance the aesthetics of your home.

How to Make a Paper Lampshade

A friend of mine had a sudden urge for some instant home decorating. While helping her discard some of her stuff, I came across few old paper lampshade frames. The first thing that struck me was that these frames can be converted into a brilliant piece of art (or at least a decent table accessory). So, we both took it up as a project and the final product was excellent. Given below are the various options you can try to make some gorgeous ones yourself!

Stuff You’ll Need

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  • Lampshade Frame : You can make a lampshade using an existing frame like we did or you can buy a new frame. There are many stores that offer an array of frames. Experiment with the sizes and shapes!
  • Thick Paper : The paper should be thick enough to cover the frame without tearing but not so opaque that the light from the bulb cannot shine through. We used rice paper as it has a translucent effect and glows when the lamp is lit. You can consult a nearby stationer or hardware store on the kind of paper that would be best for your lampshade.
  • Stationery : Get out those stationery pouches filled with the usual: pencils, markers, erasers, scissors, heavy duty glue, etc.
  • Decorative Articles : According to your own individual likings, you can choose the kind of material you want to use to decorate your lampshade. You can select from beads, ribbons, shells, feathers, sharpener shavings, sand, lace, sequins, paints, dried flowers and leaves, small mirrors, candy sticks, small bells, etc.
  • Glue : To make sure that all the above mentioned articles remain firmly glued to the paper, use heavy duty glue that does not smudge or stain. Using a tube of glue with a small opening would be better than a stick as most of the objects to be stuck are rather small.
  • Fireproof Spray : The bulb in the lamp generates considerable amount of heat. Once the lampshade is ready, it needs to be sprayed with fireproof spray so that the paper does not catch fire because of the heat.

How to Make the Lamp

Basic Style This is the most basic method. Use a stencil to draw out whatever design you want on the paper. If it’s a complicated design, it’s advisable to practice on simple paper first. Once the design is finalized, draw it on the main paper which you have cut out in the shape of the frame. Paint it using oil paint or fabric paint as they look brighter and more vibrant than water colors. After the paint has dried, stick the paper on the frame with the heavy duty glue. Let it dry for a while and your new paper lampshade is ready to shine!

Bring on the Bling

Take a big sheet of rice paper and cut it out according to the shape of your lampshade frame. Keep the edges a little longer than the frame so that they can be glued easily to it. Draw the design of your choice on the paper. Use sparkling glue to outline the designs and paste mirrors and beads wherever you think necessary. Stick a shiny ribbon or lace on the rim of the lampshade. Allow everything to dry completely and then place it on the frame. Instead of beads and mirrors, you can use any other material that you think will highlight your individuality the best!

Using a strong and sharp pair of scissors make a wonderful paper cutting design on the paper that you intend to use. You can check out various kirigami designs for it. Keep the wire outline of the frame in mind when you make this design. Once your design is ready stick it carefully around the wire frame and place it on the lamp base. Switch on the bulb and you’ll be delighted with the patterned light dancing on your walls!

Personalized Lampshades

Apart from the above mentioned methods, you can also create a personalized masterpiece by trying out some of the following ideas.

  • Cut out a light colored paper in the shape of the frame and have handwritten messages (in different dark colors) from your kids on it. When the lamp lights up, it will look absolutely lovely.
  • Blow up a nice family picture and cut it out in the shape of the lampshade. Paste it onto the frame and place it on the base. Use this in the family room. It is sure to get a lot of compliments!
  • Ask your kids to paint their favorite cartoon and stick glitter on the picture. Stick this picture on the frame.

Ideas You’d Like to Try

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Lamps brighten up a dull room, and give an elegant ambiance to your room interior. These were some innovative DIY tips for making paper lampshades. You can enhance your home décor with lampshades to a great extent with these simple ideas! So go ahead, awaken the craftsman in you!

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DIY origami lampshade

how to make a paper lampshade

By Brittany

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

I’m inspired by the clever work of UK based paper artist, Sarah Louise Matthews, and I was thrilled to find that she has released a paper craft book called, Paper Craft Home , which is available now! It features 25 projects to cut, fold, and shape. I already dog-eared the heck out of mine! It’s great for both beginners and advanced crafters so you can find a little something for everyone. Today she’s sharing a tutorial from the book, the origami lamp shade, which is actually similar in concept to a project from our book, Craft the Rainbow, with a different spin.

Strictly speaking, this lampshade isn’t origami, but it’s a great project to put your paper-folding skills to the test. Once you break the folding down into a step of valley folds followed by a step of mountain folds, it is fairly straightforward, and when mastered, you will be making bespoke lampshades for every room in the house!

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

See the full tutorial below! 

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

YOU WILL NEED

  • 3 11¾ × 16½ in. (A3) sheets of light card in marble
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler
  • Embossing tool
  • Bone folder
  • Self-adhesive Velcro pads
  • Ceiling light fitting * LED light bulb (not pictured)

*Warning For safety, make sure you only use an LED light bulb.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Place the first sheet of marble card in a landscape position on a cutting mat. Use a ruler and embossing tool to score a vertical line 2/5 in. (1 cm) from the right edge.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Measure and score seven equally spaced vertical lines to divide the space between the left side of the paper and the line scored in Step 1 into eight equal sections. Use a bone folder to fold each scored line to make a valley fold, then unfold.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Measure 8½ in. (22 cm) from the top of the first, third, fifth, and seventh fold, and make a small pencil mark. Use a ruler and embossing tool to score lines joining each pencil mark to the top and bottom of the fold lines on either side. Rub out the pencil marks.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Fold each scored line from Step 3 into a mountain fold. The paper should now form the shape shown (it may need a little encouragement).

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

5. Repeat Steps 1–4 for the remaining two sheets of card.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Use scissors to cut off the top and bottom corners of the 2/5 in. (1 cm) strip on the right of each piece to make a tab. The corners should be cut at a reflection of the angle of the adjacent folded line as shown.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Flatten each piece and turn to the side. Use scissors to make a cut through all layers in the position shown, beginning around 11/5 in. (3 cm) down from the end of the fold and finishing at the top point.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Glue the three pieces together: apply a thin layer of tacky glue to the front of the tab, down the right side of the first piece, and attach it behind the left edge of the next piece, aligning along the top and bottom edges.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Cut along the second mountain fold from the right end as shown. Discard the small piece.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Turn the folded piece upside down. There are triangular folds that stand up from the piece. Work along the top edge of the piece, using a stapler to secure the two layers of each triangular fold together as close to the base as you can.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

  • Turn the piece back over, then stand it up to make the lampshade shape. Fix five pairs of self-adhesive Velcro pads to the opening, half on the back of the cut edge and half on the front of the uncut edge, in corresponding positions.

Origami lampshade from Paper Craft Home

Such a beautiful project made from PAPER! It’s amazing the things you can make from paper! Thank you sharing this beautiful project with us, Sarah!

From Paper Craft Home by Sarah Louise Matthews © 2018 Sarah Louise Matthews. Reprinted in arrangement with Roost Books , an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc.

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August 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Brittany says

August 2, 2018 at 9:34 am

her book is great! You’d love it!

Amy Stoddard says

August 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Lightweight card stock? Where do you get this paper?

Becca Hansen says

August 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Any craft supplies shop should have it! Cardstock comes in a few different weights, so you just don’t want a super thick cardstock

Philippine says

December 16, 2019 at 9:21 am

I’ve made one with my leftover wedding invitations, I looooooooove the outcome !

December 16, 2019 at 10:40 am

Such a good idea!

May 26, 2020 at 12:22 am

I’ve made 3 of these….ok 4 but the first was trial and error ….they are quite adorable and make great unusual gifts!!! Thank you for sharing you info!!!!!…

Madhavi says

March 6, 2022 at 9:33 am

Step by step video Pl.

March 4, 2023 at 3:54 pm

Do you need an A3 or A2 paper for this? and how many papers do we need to stick them with glue?

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Creative DIY Paper Lampshade (Tutorial)

by wonderfuldiy

Today we’re experiencing turning a classic cylindrical lampshade that looks boring into this cool-looking paper plate lampshade that you could put in your bedroom or living room. How you may ask? By adding 50 paper plates, here’s how you do it.

DIY paper lampshade

DIY Paper Lampshade (Tutorial)

If you like the idea of making your own lamp out of paper, then here’s a full tutorial on how to make a paper lampshade.

What you will need:

  • Colorless glue sticks for hot glue gun (diameter 7 mm)
  • Lamp base made of chrome with a cream-colored screen (height 13 cm, diameter 15 cm)
  • 50 paper plates (diameter 18 cm)
  • Ruler (length 30 cm), pencil, scissors .

How to Make a Paper Lampshade

To do this first you have to mark 2 lines in the middle of a paper plate, leaving a distance of about 1 cm.

Create this plate along the lines. Then mark lines on yet another paper plate in an identical way.

Reduce the second paper plate along the lines. Now glue this semi-circle plate to the half of the first creased plate. Repeat these measures with yet another creased plate and semi-circle plate and put together far more.

Glue the first plate to the lampshade. Glue the second plate to the lampshade and join the plates with each other. Repeat this phase right up until all the lampshade is covered.

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How to Create Your Own Lampshade With Parchment Paper

SKOTTORP lampshade with leather whipstitching, on a table with candlesticks, a book, and a vase of flowers

Used on lampshades for decades, parchment paper is not only beautiful in casting a translucent, diffused glow to any room, but it's also durable and one of the easiest materials to apply to a lampshade ring/frame (or an existing form with an already flame-resistant coating).

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And animal lovers can rejoice! No longer made from calf, sheep, or goat skin, these days, modern parchment consists of cellulose fibers derived from fir trees, cotton, or flax. Find mottled parchment paper (as well as bleached mulberry, rice, marbleized, and other semitransparent decorative paper) online or at an art supply, stationery, or craft store. Whether you're covering a new frame, refurbishing an old yard-sale find, or going full do-it-yourself to fashion your lampshade from scratch , you'll be surprised by how easy it can be.

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Things You'll Need

Lampshade ring/frame

Heavy parchment paper (or other translucent decorative paper)

Hot glue gun or double-sided tape

Fire-retardant spray (optional)

How to Make a Lampshade With Parchment Paper

Step 1: pick out a frame.

Use an existing lampshade frame (old material removed) or a store-bought frame/ring/form. If you're new to the lampshade-making game, cone, cylinder, and round lamp shapes are infinitely easier to cover.

Step 2: Measure and Mark

Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper (wrong side up) on a flat surface. Starting at the bottom of the frame, hold a pencil along the edge as you roll the frame slowly. Bring the frame back to the starting point and repeat the tracing process for the top edge. With a ruler, measure out and add at least an extra 1/2 inch to the top and bottom and 1 inch at the seam to allow for overlap.

Step 3: Cut to Size

Cut the paper along the pencil lines. Wrap the paper around the frame to check that it fits snugly and smoothly. With a hot glue gun, double-sided tape, or other adhesive, at a frame rib, anchor the two short ends together to form a seam.

Step 4: Glue the Top and Bottom

Fold the paper over the top of the rim, gluing it to the inside edge of the frame in 2- to 3-inch increments. Once complete, repeat this step on the bottom edge.

Step 5: Spray for Safety (Optional)

In a well-ventilated area, spray the shade thoroughly with a fire-retardant product. Let the shade dry, and your parchment paper lampshade is ready to use.

To bring a retro or Southwestern vibe to your lampshade, add leather whipstitching (also known as thonging).

Besides using a fire-retardant spray, another way to limit parchment paper lampshade fire danger is to use LED or fluorescent light bulbs. They produce up to 90 percent less heat than incandescent or halogen bulbs.

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How to Make a Pleated Paper Lampshade

Pleated Paper LampShade

Paper lampshades are attractive accessories which will fit into most decorative schemes. They are fun to make yourself and require no sewing skills, so you don’t need to be an expert to have a go. What’s more they are very cheap to make yourself and once you’ve bought the frame, you can replace the paper section as often as you like. You could change them with the seasons, or make exclusive ones for parties or special occasions.

Perhaps the easiest type of paper shade to start with is a pleated one, since no pattern is necessary. All you need is a strip of pretty wallpaper cut to size which you fold into concertina pleats and then gather up with a ribbon to fit the frame. You may have some wallpaper left over from when the room was decorated, but even if you buy a roll, the remainder need not be wasted. You can use the extra to line drawers or for découpage.

Empire or coolie frame

Patterned wallpaper twice as long as the measurement round the bottom ring of the frame. Avoid paper with very large patterns, since the design may be lost in the pleating.

Narrow ribbon the length of the top ring plus 20cm (8in) for the bow.

Bias binding (optional) four times the length of the measurement round the bottom ring of the frame. This will trim the top and bottom of the shade.

Hole punch or leather punch to make the holes for the ribbon.

Making a Pleated Paper Lampshade

Pleated Paper Shade

1. Trimming the wallpaper

Cut a strip of wallpaper twice the measurement round the bottom ring. Then trim the strip along one long edge so that its width is4cm (1 ½ in) longer than the length of one strut.

2. Marking the paper

Make sure that one end of the wallpaper is at right angles to both long edges. Then working from that end, mark both long edges on the wrong side at 4cm (1 ½ in) intervals, using a sharp pencil for accuracy. Join the marks to make folding guides. Mark a line 2cm (3/4 in) down from the top edge as a guide for the punched holes.

3. Contrast binding

If you wish to bind the edges, glue the binding over one or both of the long edges of the paper. Glue a ribbon trim on at this stage if you prefer, either using it like binding, or just gluing to the right side. Leave to dry completely before starting to fold the paper.

4. Making the first pleats

Fold the paper along the marked lines, with the right sides together, so that all the folds go in the same direction. Press along the folds to make sharp creases.

5. Concertina pleats

To make the concertina pleats in the opposite direction, pick up the first pleat and place the folded edge against the fold of the next pleat, wrong sides together, and press. Continue in this way, folding the paper into 2cm (3/4 in) pleats. On very stiff paper, press pleats individually between your fingers or run the back of a knife over them to get a sharp crease.

6. Punching the holes

Following the marked line 2cm (3/4 in) down from the top edge of the paper, punch a hole in the centre of each pleat for the ribbon to be threaded through. Punch the holes two at a time by folding a pleat and then punching. Use a paper punch or leather punch on the widest setting to do this.

7. Fitting the shade

Run a temporary thread through the holes and pull up roughly to fit the shade. Check that it fits comfortably on the frame, and alter at this stage if necessary – on a coolie shade you may need to reduce the number of pleats by trimming off some of the paper at one end.

8. Forming the shade

Remove the paper from the frame, take out the thread, and join the two ends of the paper together, trimming one end so that the edge will lie inside a pleat at the other end. Glue.

9. Thread the ribbon

Using a bodkin, pass the ribbon through the punched holes, starting at the center front, with the join in the paper at the center back. Pull up the ribbon and tie the ends in a bow.

10. Attach to the frame

Thread a needle with strong button thread, knot and thread it through the ribbon inside the shade to secure. Pass the thread round the frame and then under the next bit of ribbon, as shown. Continue all the way round and fasten off.

Ways to give extra support

Instead of attaching the paper lampshade to the frame with buttonhole thread, the shade ban be supported on the upper ring with a series of half holes punched centrally on the edge of each inside fold. This means that you can change the paper shade without un-stitching it from the frame. Position the holes centerd 5mm (1/4 in) below the previous row of holes; prepare the shade with ribbon as before, and sit the new holes on to the top ring.

The ribbon trim holds the shade close to the top of the frame, but on large pleated shades or on coolie shades, the pleats may not lie flat against the bottom ring. Run a line of transparent or matching thread through the pleats near the bottom edge, draw up and knot to fit the bottom ring. For extra support, use another thread to link the first thread to the bottom ring in the same way as the ribbon is attached to the frame in step 10 above.

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How To Make A Paper Lamp Shades

How To Make A Paper Lamp Shades

Modified: January 9, 2024

Written by: Noah Bennett

Discover how to create stunning paper lamp shades to enhance your furniture. Get step-by-step instructions and unleash your creativity!

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  • Introduction

When it comes to home decor, lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and ambience of any space. A beautiful lampshade can add a touch of elegance and warmth to any room, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. While there are numerous ready-made lampshades available in the market, making your own paper lampshade can be a fun and creative DIY project.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of making a stunning paper lampshade that will not only serve as a functional lighting fixture but also add a unique and personal touch to your home decor. Whether you’re a craft enthusiast or simply looking to infuse some creativity into your living space, this project is perfect for beginners and experienced DIYers alike.

Before we dive into the step-by-step process of creating your paper lampshade, let’s take a look at the materials you will need.

Key Takeaways:

  • Create a personalized paper lampshade to add warmth and elegance to your home decor. Experiment with different paper designs and embellishments to reflect your unique style and creativity.
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of crafting a functional and visually appealing lighting fixture. Showcase your creativity and craftsmanship by customizing the design to match your personal style and existing decor.

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  • Materials Needed

Before getting started, gather the following materials:

  • Decorative paper: Choose a sturdy and opaque paper with a design that complements your existing decor. You can opt for patterned or solid-colored paper, depending on your preference.
  • Lampshade frame: Look for a lampshade frame that matches the size and shape you desire. You can find these frames at craft stores or online.
  • Scissors: A pair of sharp scissors will be essential for cutting and trimming the paper.
  • Ruler or measuring tape: This will help you accurately measure the dimensions of the paper.
  • Glue or adhesive tape: Use a strong adhesive that adheres well to both the paper and the frame.
  • Pencil or marker: These will come in handy for marking measurements and guidelines on the paper.
  • Optional embellishments: If you wish to add extra flair to your lampshade, consider adding decorative elements such as ribbons, beads, or fabric trim.

Once you have gathered these materials, you are ready to begin creating your own unique paper lampshade.

  • Step 1: Choosing the Paper

The first step in making a paper lampshade is selecting the right type of paper. The paper you choose will determine the overall look and feel of your lampshade. Here are a few factors to consider:

  • Opacity: Opt for a paper that is not too transparent, as you want the lampshade to diffuse the light and create a soft glow. Semi-opaque or slightly textured papers work well for this purpose.
  • Design: Consider the existing decor and color scheme of the room where the lampshade will be placed. Choose a paper with a design that complements the overall aesthetic. You can go for bold patterns, subtle motifs, or even solid colors for a minimalist look.
  • Thickness: Select a paper that is sturdy enough to hold its shape when folded and attached to the lampshade frame. Thin papers may tear easily and won’t provide enough support for the structure.
  • Size: Measure the dimensions of your lampshade frame and ensure that the paper is large enough to cover it completely. You can either purchase pre-cut lampshade paper or cut your own from larger sheets.

Remember, the choice of paper ultimately depends on your personal preference and the style you wish to achieve. Take your time to browse through different options and find the perfect paper for your DIY lampshade project.

  • Step 2: Measuring and Cutting the Paper

Once you have selected the perfect paper for your lampshade, it’s time to measure and cut it to the appropriate size. Follow these steps:

  • Measure the lampshade frame: Start by measuring the height and circumference of your lampshade frame. Use a ruler or measuring tape to ensure accurate measurements.
  • Mark the measurements on the paper: Using a pencil or marker, mark the height and circumference measurements on the selected paper. Create guidelines to guide your cutting and folding process.
  • Cut the paper: Carefully cut along the marked lines to create a rectangular piece of paper that matches the height and circumference of the lampshade frame. Take your time and make precise cuts to ensure a neat and tidy result.

It’s important to note that you may need multiple pieces of paper to fully cover the lampshade frame, depending on its size and shape. If this is the case, repeat the above steps for each piece of paper, ensuring that they are cut to the correct dimensions.

By measuring and cutting the paper accurately, you are preparing the foundation for constructing your paper lampshade. In the next step, we will create the structure of the lampshade using the frame and paper pieces.

  • Step 3: Creating the Lampshade Structure

Now that you have your paper cut to the appropriate size, it’s time to create the structure of the lampshade using the frame and paper pieces. Follow these steps:

  • Prepare the lampshade frame: Remove any existing fabric or covering from the lampshade frame, if applicable. Ensure that the frame is clean and free from any dust or debris.
  • Position the paper on the frame: Take one piece of the cut paper and position it around the frame, aligning the edges with the top and bottom of the frame. Secure the paper in place using clips or tape to temporarily hold it in position.
  • Attach the paper to the frame: Apply a small amount of glue or adhesive tape to one end of the paper. Press it firmly against the frame to secure it in place. Gradually work your way around the frame, attaching the paper at regular intervals to ensure a smooth and even fit.
  • Overlap the paper if necessary: If your lampshade is larger than the width of the paper, you may need to overlap the edges slightly. This will ensure that the entire frame is covered and that there are no gaps in the lampshade structure.
  • Repeat the process with additional paper pieces: If you have multiple pieces of cut paper, repeat the above steps to attach them to the frame. Make sure to align the edges and secure them firmly to maintain a cohesive and seamless appearance.

By creating the lampshade structure, you are establishing the foundation needed to proceed with folding and attaching the paper. This step is crucial in ensuring that the lampshade is stable and securely attached to the frame. In the next step, we will fold and attach the paper to complete the construction process.

When making a paper lamp shade, be sure to use a sturdy and heat-resistant paper to avoid any safety hazards. Additionally, consider using a template to ensure precise and even cutting for a professional-looking finish.

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  • Step 4: Folding and Attaching the Paper

With the lampshade structure in place, it’s time to fold and attach the paper to create the desired shape and design. Follow these steps:

  • Start at the top of the lampshade: Begin folding the excess paper at the top of the lampshade inwards. Create small, even pleats or accordion folds along the top edge of the paper. This will give the lampshade a clean and polished look.
  • Secure the folded paper: Once you have folded the top edge, apply a small amount of adhesive or glue to hold the folds in place. Ensure that the folds are evenly spaced and tightly secured to maintain the shape of the lampshade.
  • Move down to the bottom: Repeat the folding process at the bottom of the lampshade. Fold the excess paper upwards, creating pleats or accordion folds. Again, secure the folds using adhesive or glue.
  • Fold the sides, if necessary: Depending on the shape and design of your lampshade, you may need to fold the sides of the paper as well. This will help create a smooth and seamless transition between the top and bottom of the lampshade.
  • Secure the folds: As you fold the sides, secure the folds using adhesive or glue. Make sure the folds are evenly spaced and closely attached to maintain a uniform appearance.

Throughout the folding process, take your time to ensure that the folds are neat and evenly aligned. This will contribute to the overall quality and aesthetics of your paper lampshade. Once you have folded and secured all the edges, the next step is to add some finishing touches.

  • Step 5: Adding Finishing Touches

Now that you have folded and attached the paper to create the structure of your lampshade, it’s time to add some finishing touches to enhance its appearance. Here are a few ideas:

  • Trimming the edges: If you want to give your lampshade a more polished look, consider adding a decorative trim along the top and bottom edges. This can be a ribbon, fabric tape, or even a contrasting strip of paper. Measure the length needed and carefully attach the trim using glue or adhesive tape.
  • Embellishments: To add a personal touch or to match your existing decor, consider adding embellishments to the lampshade. This could include decorative beads, sequins, or fabric flowers. Arrange them in a pleasing pattern and secure them to the lampshade using glue.
  • Paint or stencil designs: If you want to further customize your lampshade, you can paint or stencil designs onto the paper. This could be a simple pattern, a monogram, or even a scenic image. Use acrylic paint or fabric paint for the best results, and allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  • Paper cut-outs: For a unique and intricate design, you can create paper cut-outs and attach them to the lampshade. These can be floral motifs, geometric patterns, or any other design of your choice. Use a sharp craft knife or scissors to carefully cut out the shapes and secure them with adhesive.

Remember to be creative and experiment with different techniques and materials to achieve the desired look for your paper lampshade. Once you are satisfied with the finishing touches, it’s time to install the lampshade and enjoy the soft glow of your handmade creation.

  • Step 6: Installing the Lampshade

After putting in all the effort to create your beautiful paper lampshade, it’s time to install it and bask in the warm glow it will bring to your space. Follow these steps to successfully install your lampshade:

  • Remove any existing lampshade: If there is already a lampshade on your light fixture, carefully remove it by unscrewing or detaching it from the lamp base.
  • Position the lampshade frame: Hold the lampshade frame in the desired position over the lightbulb socket. Make sure it is centered and level.
  • Attach the lampshade frame: Depending on the type of lamp, there may be different methods to secure the frame. Some lamps will have a threaded rod or a bracket that holds the lampshade. Follow the instructions provided with your lamp to attach it securely.
  • Connect the lightbulb: Screw in a lightbulb of appropriate wattage for the lamp’s specifications. Ensure that it is securely fitted in the socket.
  • Test the lampshade: Turn on the lamp to ensure that the light shines through the lampshade evenly and creates the desired ambience in the room. Adjust the lampshade if needed, making sure it is straight and properly aligned.

With your lampshade successfully installed, take a step back and admire your handiwork. The soft glow and unique design of your paper lampshade will surely add a touch of charm and personality to your space. Whether it’s a cozy corner, a bedside table, or a dining room centerpiece, your handmade lampshade will enhance the ambiance and create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Now that you’ve completed all the steps, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the cozy and decorative glow of your DIY paper lampshade. Get creative and experiment with different colors, patterns, and designs to make each lampshade a unique and personalized addition to your home decor.

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the process of making your own paper lampshade. By following the step-by-step instructions in this article, you have created a functional and visually appealing lighting fixture that adds a personal touch to your home decor.

Making a paper lampshade not only allows you to showcase your creativity and craftsmanship but also gives you the opportunity to customize the design to match your personal style and existing decor. The satisfaction that comes from creating something with your own hands is unparalleled, and your paper lampshade will surely become a conversation piece among your family and friends.

Remember that the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing and decorating your lampshade. You can experiment with different paper designs, colors, and embellishments to create a lampshade that truly reflects your unique taste and personality. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild and think outside the box!

Now that you have the knowledge and skills to create your own paper lampshade, you can continue to explore the world of DIY home decor and tackle more creative projects. From personalized wall art to handmade decorations, the possibilities are endless.

So, gather your materials, unleash your creativity, and start making beautiful paper lampshades to brighten up your living space. Not only will you enhance your home decor, but you will also discover the joy and satisfaction that comes with crafting something with your own hands.

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Make an origami lampshade with Zoe Patching's free origami lampshade instructions! Resize the origami lampshade template for big lamps or small lamps, and why not blend different colours of ink along the edges to match the décor?

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Have you had your eye on one of those gorgeous, trendy origami lampshades that are hugely popular at the moment? But before you rush out to the shops to buy one, have you thought about creating your own paper lampshade?

It looks complicated, but with our free PDF template for this origami lampshade , we've done all the hard work for you! With some scoring and folding, we’ll show you how to make an origami lampshade in just a couple of hours with our origami lamp shade instructions. The geometric folds in the design cast beautiful light and shade and this DIY lampshade will bring a stylish, contemporary touch to your interiors.

When using your DIY lampshade, make sure the paper doesn’t touch the bulb, and that the bulb’s wattage isn’t too high, to avoid the paper becoming discoloured or scorched from the heat.

For more lampshade inspiration, check out the best lampshade kits .

You will need:

  • Scoring tool
  • Lampshade frame

How to make an origami lampshade – step 1

First, download our free origami lampshade template , and take a look at where you need to fold. Working with an A4 piece of card, concertina fold the parallel straight lines – they should be approximately 1cm apart. It helps if you score the lines first using a blunt tool like a bone folder or even an old pen.

Two pieces of A4 card will create a small paper origami lampshade, but you can increase the dimensions to create a large paper origami lampshade!

How to make an origami lampshade – step 2

Now, score the diagonal lines as indicated on the free origami lampshade template . When you’ve made all your score marks, you’re ready to fold! Fold the parallel straight lines inwards (valley fold), and fold the diagonal lines outward (mountain fold). It may seem a little fiddly at first, so take it slow and you’ll soon become an expert at making paper origami lampshades!

How to make an origami lampshade – step 3

Blend Distress Ink into the edges of each piece of A4 card. It might be easier to do this before folding your paper, as this will give you a nice smooth surface to work on. Use a blending tool, and starting at the edge of the paper gradually blend inwards towards the centre. As the ink on the blender runs out, you’ll get a nice gradient which gradually fades to the colour of your paper. We are using the Tim Holtz Distress Ink in the colour Peacock Feathers!

Stick the two A4 pieces of paper together to create one long piece. Next, punch a small hole through the top of each folded pleat and thread twine through each hole. We are using baker’s twine, but string works just as well! Just make sure you are using a yarn that does not stretch.

How to make an origami lampshade – step 4

To form the slightly conical shape of the shade, you’ll need to gently pull the cord, so all the pleats fold neatly together in a circle at the top of the design.

Pull the shade into shape by gathering the pleats together on the cord. Once the shade is the size you require, secure the ends of the cord together. Our example has a closed top and an open bottom, but you can make a version with both ends open too, which is ideal if you are making a lampshade for a hanging ceiling light.

Fancy a star-shaped paper shade?

You can scale up this Christmas origami star to use as a shade on a small light fitting. Make sure you use a very low wattage bulb with this one – it would make a lovely night light shade for a child’s bedroom.

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Homemade paper lampshades can enhance the design of a room by adding a decorative element and altering the color and brightness of the light. Colored paper lampshades cast a soft, tinted glow and patterns add visual interest. White paper shades give off a candlelit aura and look crisp and serene. When making paper lampshades, it is important to consider the heat a light bulb generates. Paper is highly flammable, so take steps to fire-proof homemade paper shades.

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Make a Template

Use the lampshade frame with the fabric shade removed to trace a template for the paper shade. Lay out a large sheet of scrap paper on a flat surface.

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Place the frame on its side on the paper. Hold the pencil against one point on the frame to trace the top edge of the frame while rolling it across the paper.

Put the frame back in its original position on the paper and trace the bottom edge of the frame as it rolls across the paper, as you did with the top portion. The template should be two parallel arcs, the bottom arc extending beyond the top on both sides.

Cut out the template and fit it onto the frame to be sure the measurements are accurate. The paper should fit smoothly over the frame without puckering at the top. There should be enough overlap on the side to make a seam.

Make the Shade

Trace the template onto the paper you chose for the actual shade.

Use the hot glue to anchor the shade by placing one dot of glue on the top rim of the frame and one on the bottom. Align the paper shade over the frame and wrap it around, pulling it taut. Hot-glue the seam to secure the paper shade and allow the glue to dry.

Cover the rim of the frame with decorative ribbon or other piping material, if desired. Use a thin line of hot glue to secure the piping.

Take the shade to a well-ventilated area and spray inside and out with a fire-retardant spray. Allow the shade to dry and install it on a lamp.

Choose the right bulb for the lamp. The fire-retardant coating will protect the paper shade from catching on fire, and a low-heat bulb will further protect the shade. Compact fluorescent lights generate 90 percent less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs.

An even easier project is to cover the existing shade with decorative paper. Simply coat the shade with spray-adhesive and apply the paper shade.

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How to Make Lampshades

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Lampshades serve a bigger purpose than merely dimming the glare from the light bulb. For the creative decorator, they also provide a canvas for expressing personal style. Creating a shade all your own is a great way to make a striking impact on any room.

Method One: Drum Shade

Step 1 Recycle your old lamp wire rings.

  • This project will be constructing a drum shade--the fancy name for a circular shade. These are generally made up of two separate rings.

Step 2 Assemble your materials.

  • Bulldog clips
  • Fabric glue
  • Paintbrushes

Step 3 Know your dimensions.

  • For example, if the diameter of your lampshade is 14 inches, 3.14 x 14 = 43.96, the circumference of your lampshade. So, you should be working with material that's at least 45 inches long.
  • You can choose how far apart you want your rings to be to determine the width . A little more than a foot (31 cm) is standard.

Step 4 Cut your fabric and styrene to the correct size and shape.

  • Styrene doesn't stick well to synthetic fibers -- use linen, cotton or silk for your fabric.

Step 5 Wrap the lamp wire with bias tape.

  • Bias tape comes in different colors and patterns; you can even make your own.
  • Use quick-drying fabric glue and apply to the rings, not the tape. When you come to the end, just cut it off and adhere.

Step 6 Peel back the protective layer on your styrene little by little.

  • Leave 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) of extra material on 3 sides--both long sides and one short side. Make sure the 4th side is flush to the styrene.

Step 7 Glue the short sides together.

  • Put weights in the center on the inside and let dry for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes are up, roll it along your table to see that it stays in a tube-like shape.

Step 8 Clip with bulldog clips.

  • Use 4 or 5 clips on each side. Rest the weight of the lamp shade on the rings clipped on the bottom.

Step 9 Brush glue onto the exposed fabric.

  • Repeat these two steps for both ends. Take 15 minutes between the top and bottom to allow for drying.

Method Two: Paneled Shade

Step 1 Get organized.

  • Needle and thread
  • Lining (optional)
  • Trim (optional)

Step 2 Remove the old fabric from your frame.

  • All paneled shades use frames, not rings. A paneled shade can be triangular, rectangular, square, hexagonal, or bell shaped. This tutorial can be used for any of these shapes.

Step 3 Wrap the spokes with seam tape.

  • Use a hot glue gun and place a drop of glue at the beginning of your tape and one at the end to attach. Repeat this process for each spoke.

Step 4 Drape muslin over each size of panel to create a pattern.

  • Use chalk or a marking pen to trace the spokes that form the panel shape onto the muslin. [4] X Research source Take pins to the frame to keep it tight.

Step 5 Cut out your fabric for each panel.

  • If your fabric is heavy enough, you may forgo the lining altogether. [4] X Research source

Step 6 Stitch the vertical seams together.

  • Do this for the lining, too, if you're using one.

Step 7 Line up the seams with the spokes.

  • If you're not so sure whether you want to fuss with a lining or not, hold your material up to the light. If the right amount of light already passes through it, don't worry about it.

Step 10 Add detailed trim (optional).

  • This can be done with a bit of hot glue in a matter of minutes, so why not?

Method Three: Leftover Fabric Shade

Step 1 Take the measurements of your frame.

  • This is necessary to find out how long and wide your strips of fabric need to be and the amount that will cover your entire shade.

Step 2 Cut strips of fabric.

  • Add one extra inch for the seam allowance. This is needed to wrap around the wire frame. [6] X Research source
  • If your lamp is 20" (51 cm) around, make sure you have fabric that, in total, amounts to at least 22" (56 cm) wide. You need adequate overlap to keep the wire frame from showing. Of course, greater overlap than that is always safe, too. If each strip of fabric is 2" (5 cm) across, have at least 11 strips of fabric ready.

Step 3 Hem, trim, or edge the fabric with ribbon.

  • The edges will only be seen from the inside of your lamp. If you're pressed for time or simply can't be bothered, a simple trim is fine.

Step 4 Attach the strips to the top and bottom of the lampshade.

  • If you use a hot glue gun and glue the material to the wire, you will not be able to gather the fabric when it's finished.
  • If you use a staple gun, it's a good idea to add decorative trim around the top and bottom to obscure those tiny metallic lines from view.

Step 5 Adjust the strips and add trim (optional).

  • Beads, tassles, or extra ribbon can be added onto the top and bottom of your shade to hide any less-than-perfect areas or simply to add more flair.

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  • When choosing fabric for a shade, always hold the fabric up to a window to see how the light shines through the material. Thicker fabrics can prevent light from passing through, causing an undesirable look when illuminated. Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0
  • Instead of making fabric trim, try velvet or ribbon trim for a simpler alternative. Simply glue the velvet or ribbon to the outside edges of the top and bottom. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Keep a wet paper towel handy for wiping off excess glue as you work. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1yFcJY_P9I
  • ↑ https://www.idealhome.co.uk/diy-and-decorating/how-to-cover-a-lampshade-with-fabric-craft-ideas_1-61229
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To make a drum lampshade, start by taking out the wire rings from an old lamp, or buying new ones from a craft supply store. Then, measure and cut out your fabric and styrene sheet to the size and shape of your lampshade. Next, wrap the wire with bias tape to hide any rust, place the styrene on your fabric, and glue the sides to make a circular form. After that, clip the fabric and the wires together with bulldog clips and brush glue onto the exposed fabric. Finally, tuck the fabric around the rings and remove the clips once the glue dries. For more tips, like how to make a paneled lampshade, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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How to: Make Your Own Lampshade

Making a lampshade is surprisingly simple way to show off any unique fabric you've painted, dyed or printed with Chalk Paint®

You can have a lot of fun painting, printing and dyeing fabric with Chalk Paint®. But once you’ve created your own fabric design, what will you make with it? Here you can learn how to make your own lampshade using fabric and a DIY lampshade kit. This technique is simple to follow – no specialist skills required! – so you can focus your creative energies on the fun task of making your lampshade fabric.

For this tutorial, we dyed our fabric using a shibori technique, but you can also try tie-dye or potato printing to create your own unique patterns. Any will work beautifully on a lampshade – and remember you can also paint the lamp with Chalk Paint® too!

Step by step guide to making a DIY lampshade

  • Using a lampshade making kit, make certain that your fabric is a little bigger than the adhesive panel by laying the panel down over the fabric and cutting it out. Iron the fabric so it’s smooth and without any loose threads.
  • Lay the fabric pattern side down, making certain the design is placed in the right position.
  • Peel back the non-adhesive paper from the panel by about 10cm.
  • Position the adhesive side down onto the fabric, leaving 2cm of fabric at the end.
  • Pull the non-adhesive paper back, and the adhesive side down press firmly, smoothing out any potential creases.
  • Cut the fabric around the panel leaving the 2cm allowance along the width.
  • At the top and bottom of the panel you will see a semi-perforated edge. Fold it to ‘break’ it and then peel it off, which will expose the fabric underneath.
  • Now stick the double-sided tape along the outer edges of your two lampshade rings.
  • Peel off the other side of the double-sided tape to expose the second sticky edge.
  • Place the rings on the fabric along the edge of the end of the panel and roll the two rings along. (It’s a good idea to have two people at this stage!). The ring with the inner circle to attach to the lampbase should be at the base of the design with the angles facing upwards.
  • When you reach the end, there will be a small overlap. Apply some double-sided tape to this edge so that the ends of the panel can be stuck together.
  • Fold and tuck the fabric under the hoop to create a nice clean edge.

So there you have it, a simple step-by-step guide to making your own lampshade. For inspiration on painting and dyeing fabric for your lampshade, see Annie Sloan Paints Everything published by CICO Books 2016. Once you’ve finished your project, be sure to share it with the Annie Sloan community online using #anniesloan.

Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books.

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A DIY Lampshade Tutorial to Turn That Old Shade Into Something Amazing

Julie McDowell - Design Artist

Grab that old, dingy lampshade you've been meaning to refresh and make this DIY lampshade with me. You won't be disappointed with the result.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

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1. Clean and prepare the old lampshade

For this project, I took the saddest, ugliest lampshade I could find and completely transformed it. The first thing I did was remove all the tassels that were hanging from them. 

a diy lampshade tutorial to turn that old shade into something amazing, DIY lampshade makeover

With all the tassels gone, it was already looking better. I also gave it a good cleaning with some very hot soapy water and put it outside in the sunshine to dry.

a diy lampshade tutorial to turn that old shade into something amazing, Tearing brown paper into random sized pieces

2. Rip up brown paper

For the next step, I took some brown paper that I got on a roll and ripped it into random size pieces. 

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I then scrunched them all up.

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3. Cover the paper in glue

Next, I took half a cup of Elmer's glue and mixed it with one cup of water. With the glue mixed, I threw all of the scrunched-up paper pieces into the mixture and made sure they were all wet and nicely coated with glue. 

a diy lampshade tutorial to turn that old shade into something amazing, Adhering brown paper to an old lampshade

4. Stick the paper pieces onto the lampshade

Once all the paper was glued up and wet, I laid it on the lampshade going right over the rim as well. I made sure to overlap the pieces so that the lampshade was completely covered. I went all the way around and then put it out in the sunshine to dry. 

a diy lampshade tutorial to turn that old shade into something amazing, Using gel stain on the simple DIY lampshade

5. Stain the lampshade

When it was completely dry and quite hard I used an oil-based gel stain to give the paper some color. I applied the stain in small sections and then used a lint-free rag to work it in.

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6. Coat the DIY lampshade with top-coat

I left it overnight to dry and loved how it looked the next day. The stain enhanced the crinkles in the paper and made it look completely unique.

To finish off my new shade I used a coat of water-based topcoat to seal the stain. You could also use a glue and water mixture in place of the topcoat. 

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A DIY lampshade tutorial to turn that old shade into something amazing

Here is the final piece, I am thrilled with it.

I hope you've enjoyed this DIY lampshade tutorial as much as I did. 

I would love to hear about any transformations you've made to old objects.

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Looks great on the outside but what to do to cover the inside since many old lampshades may be yellow or cracked on the inside?

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What about the heat and the paper?? Just curious, some aren't cautious enough, hate to see anything happen!! Maybe newer bulbs aren't as warm but I'm sure some people are still using the old ones?

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Lamp shades can harbor dust and debris if not cleaned regularly.

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Lamp shades are decorative pieces that fill rooms with soft, ambient light. The only downside is that these fixtures can become a hub for dust and debris if they're not cleaned regularly. To keep yours looking their best, we're sharing our tips for how to clean lamp shades, from paper and glass to pleated and plastic.

  • Sarah McAllister , founder and CEO of GoCleanCo
  • Kathy Cohoon , director of franchise operations of  Two Maids

Aim to clean your lamp shades whenever you deep clean the room they are in. As a general rule, lamp shades should be cleaned about once a month. "Cleaning them regularly will ensure that the dust is easy to remove and won’t sit and stain," says Sarah McAllister, founder and CEO of GoCleanCo.

Make sure you have these tools and materials on hand when cleaning a lamp shade.

  • Sink or basin
  • Lint roller
  • Vacuum with a brush attachment
  • Soft cloth(s)
  • Paint brush
  • Laundry detergent

You can clean fabric lamp shades with water and fabric detergent, but be mindful of the shade's fabric and its specific needs before cleaning, says Kathy Cohoon, the director of franchise operations of Two Maids. Check the care instructions for guidance.

  • Let the lightbulb cool down completely.
  • Go over the lamp shade with a lint roller or vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dry dust.
  • In a sink or basin, mix warm water and a gentle fabric detergent.
  • Submerge the lamp shade in the water and let it soak for 15 minutes.
  • Scrub any stains with a soft cloth.
  • Drain the sink or basin and fill it with clean water. Let the shade soak again.
  • Shake the shade to remove excess water, then let it air dry on a towel.

Plastic and glass lamp shades can be cleaned using water and dish soap.

  • Let the bulb cool down completely.
  • Remove the shade from the lamp.
  • In a bowl, mix a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.
  • Dip a soft cloth or sponge in the solution and wash the lamp shade.
  • Rinse the shade with clean water and dry thoroughly to prevent water spots or streaks.
  • Dry with a cloth.

Never wet paper lamp shades when cleaning them as this can disintegrate or stain the shade, says McAllister. Instead, use a lint roller or soft brush to gently remove dust and debris.

The pleats of shades can harbor a lot of dust and debris if not cleaned properly.

  • Use a lint roller or soft brush to gently remove dust and debris.
  • Remove trapped dust between the pleats with a paint brush.
  • Clean the rest of the lamp shade following the steps above based on its material.

Tackling stains on lamp shades can be tricky as some fabrics will leave a watermark after you’ve cleaned them. "Do a small spot test first in an inconspicuous area and let it fully dry before you tackle the entire lampshade," says McAllister. When treating stains, avoid scrubbing vigorously, which can damage the shade, says Cohoon.

  • Dip a soft cloth in the mixture and gently dab the stained area.
  • With a damp cloth, dab the area to remove any soap residue.
  • Let the lamp shade dry completely.

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    To make a paper lampshade prefer paper that diffuses the light as semi-transparent and light-colored papers. Choose a paper that is a little tick and that will hold better than plain bond paper. Card stock paper will work great to make this lampshade. My favorite paper to make lamp is textured paper, like drawing Canson paper.

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    Take a big sheet of rice paper and cut it out according to the shape of your lampshade frame. Keep the edges a little longer than the frame so that they can be glued easily to it. Draw the design of your choice on the paper. Use sparkling glue to outline the designs and paste mirrors and beads wherever you think necessary.

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    Go over the lamp shade with a lint roller or vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dry dust. In a sink or basin, mix warm water and a gentle fabric detergent. Submerge the lamp shade in the water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Scrub any stains with a soft cloth. Drain the sink or basin and fill it with clean water. Let the shade soak again.