String Lampshades

by Lilybee

created on: 01/07/09

See the lampshades behind the attractive well dressed couple? They're DIY-able! And they actually seem pretty simple. ReadyMade has instructions that are based around the kind of paper mache stuff you might have made in school.

You'll need

  • a round balloon
  • some string, yarn or wool
  • some fabric stiffener

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Self-Adhesive Lampshades

by Lilybee

Am I the last person on the planet to have heard about these? And what a brill idea! Hollywood Lights does self-adhesive lampshades in a bunch of different sizes and shapes and you can even create your own custom size. Slick.

Self-Adhesive Lampshades

I'm thinking maybe a vintage map or fabric or maybe some ribbons or handmade paper or... you get the idea.

Find them here, and don't be put off by the acres of froof in the picture, they do some nice clean-lined stuff...

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How to make a custom lampshade.

by DIY Maven

created on: 09/15/08

Judy Lake hand crafts one-of-a-kind lampshades at her shop Lake’s Lampshades. She’s now sharing her secrets in this very informative tutorial. To make a custom lampshade of your own, you’ll need:

 4" x 7" x 7" square bell frame
- 5/8" gros-grain ribbon
- ½ yard fabric
- pressure-sensitive styrene
- pressure-sensitive cloth tape
- wooden clothespins
- wide ribbon to hold panels as they dry
- quick glue with squeeze bottle
- scissors
- ultra-fine Sharpie

To...

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3 D Wallpaper

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/09/08

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...

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Can You Really Re-cover an Old Lampshade?

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 03/04/08

No, I didn't recover this.  When Shabby Chic still ran the antique malls, this retro shade was huddled in the corner like a weird uncle.  I think it cost me around $12.00.  That purchse was a few years ago.

But you can, I repeat, CAN, recover an old shade you might find at Goodwill or a flea market.  They are ruined once the big crease takes place.  These step by step directions make a DIY lampshade re-do a real possibility.  I used to know a...

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How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

by DIY Maven

How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

If our light bulbs and fixtures are covered in blankets of dust, we’re wasting energy and money. Instead of simply adding light to a dreary room, we should first clean our existing light fixtures and bulbs. For suggestions on how to clean light bulbs and fixtures, go to Cristalier’s tutorial on how to clean a crystal chandelier, which includes tips applicable to most lighting sources.

And before replacing those grimy, light-blocking lamp shades...

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