I'm going to be honest and say that there have been times where I just want to rip the shade right off my lamp. It might not fit right. Or it might not look right. Or I hate the fabric, but am too busy to change it. Ever wondered what the lamp would look like without the shade and just the bare-bones wire?
We're kicking off the new fall season with a whole month dedicated to illuminating ways to light your space. First up: a roundup of 10 awesome DIY wooden lampshades. Ready, set, MAKE!
I recently returned home from a trip to ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), where everything was brass-y, angular goodness. It was a neo-80s explosion. In a good way. So, spying a low-cost, DIY version of all this shiny metallic high-brow design was quite exciting!
A trip to the hardware store for some thin metallic tubing is all you'll really need to get started on your own design-y lampshade. After that, it's all about bending and folding to create an interesting shape, according to Riikka Kantinkoski, the blogger and DIYer behing Weekday Carnival. Check out her tutorial for more!
My favorite part about this DIY lampshade, aside from how easy and awesome it is, is that it works with just about any hanging pendant. I really love the concrete one shown here, but a standard lighting kit will look great too!
Last week, we showed you how to give a thrift store lamp base a quick and easy update but what if it's not the base that needs help? If you have a lamp with a shade that's seen better days consider treating it to this easy no-sew makeover!
Palette aside, Autumn's Anthro inspired lampshade looks so much like the original, the retailer should be worried. Very worried. Of course, as DIYers we are delighted the replica is spot on. Just to prove my point, here's
Elaine found a granny square blanket at a car boot sale (aka rummage sale) and turned it into a unique and colorful lampshade. (I'm guessing it's more of a lampshade slipcover.)
See more of Elaine's eclectic style, visit House and Home.
Marie Darby tells us how to make these absolutely wonderful photo lampshades. The supplies she uses are really basic and readily available, if we don't have them all on
Designer Rui Pereira's melts stuff. Rescued from the recycle bin, he took a heat gun to a bunch of detergent bottles and fashioned them into a vivid lampshade. Two things: 1. Can the off-gasses of melting plastic be good for the environment? and 2.
So I had this lampshade that had faded badly. It went from black to a sort of aubergine. I liked the shape and if I had bought a replacement, it would have looked just like it, except for the aubergine part. Because the shade itself is plastic with a fabric overlay, I thought it might paint up nicely. It did! I put one coat of Canyon Black in satin on all four sides, avoiding the bias trim edges at the top and bottom, which hadn't faded.
A clever, yogurt-eating craftster assembled empty yogurt cups via tiny rings and attached them to a lampshade to come up with this yogurt lamp.
- Scrounge up a plain old white lampshade*.
- Print a pretty silhoutte to use as a template.
- Tape the template to the inside of the lampshade.
- Sit in front of a window, using it as a backlight.
- Use a fine-point Sharpie to outline the template.
Not only has Swedish designer Hanna Nyman created a 3 D wallpaper, it's also interactive. Once applied, you can peel back the parts you want to dangle from the wall to create your own version of sculptured art. She has done these in contemporary colors and floral designs. As you might expect, Hanna is a fan of origami and has melded her wallpaper designs with her beautiful paper lampshades. These designs are so fresh, beautiful, and...
Although Velcro is generally thought of as a utilitarian–albeit noisy–fastener, Luis Eslava saw the hook and loop as a sort of art medium. In vibrant red, it makes a gorgeous lampshade.
In classic white, it makes one interesting room divider.
This creased origami lampshade is simply beautiful, and apparently quite easy to make yourself. And it beats the pants of those IKEA Noguchi knockoffs...
1 piece medium to heavyweight paper 14" x 22"
Double sided tape
Fire retardant spray
Lamp or glass candle
1. Fold according to the included diagram.
Dan over at Instructables breaks down his universal lamp shade design, complete with a template for cutting the necessary shapes to assemble your own one-of-a-kind polygon shade. He offers a variety of suggestions for materials you could use to make the individual pieces–including plastic milk jugs! For illumination, he used a simple socket on a cord, which he found at Ikea for 4 bucks. With just a few materials and some patience with a scissors...
Check out LeKlint’s UnderCover Lamp. Available in acrylic and glass varieties, the see-through quality allows for interchangeable inner shades. Additional inner shades are offered for purchase, but I’m thinking clever Curbliers could fashion DIY shades themselves for ultimate custom-ability.
This is a simple and effective way to tart-up an inexpensive paper lampshade using office supplies.
Decorative paper clips (I found these circle paper clips at Target; 50 for $2.99.)
Small paper punch (Or anything pointy will do.)
Mark shade with pencil at uniform intervals. I spaced my markings 1 inch apart.
Punch holes at markings.
Slip paper clips into holes.
For another office supply alternative, how about...