You don’t have to know how to sew to make a homemade lampshade. By using an inexpensive plain lampshade as a base, you can create something unique and different for every room in the house. We’ll show you how to make a pretty ribbon lampshade for a girl’s room, a rustic twig lampshade for an office or ‘man cave’, and provide you will enough additional DIY lampshade ideas to keep your mind racing with creativity.
A rope lampshade looks great with any home décor, as it has a very neutral appearance. For this DIY lighting project, simply spray paint an old lampshade either white or cream. When the paint is dry, start at the top of the shade and apply sisal rope around the entire shade. You will need to use hot glue to keep the rope in place, so you may need an extra hand to guide the rope as you apply the hot glue.
Paint splatter lampshade
This DIY lampshade is so easy, a child could make it! All you’ll need is a white paper shade, several colors of acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and a drop cloth. Set the shade on the drop cloth and get to work dribbling and splattering paint. Use primary colors for a toddler’s room, a mixture of blues and greens for a boy’s bedroom, or pinks and purple’s for a girl’s room. Make it as colorful or as subtle as you like.
You’ll need a sturdy ribbon, such as grosgrain, for this project. Use as many or as few colors as you’d like, depending on the look you want to achieve. To begin, cut several same-size strips of ribbon (measure the height of the shade and add ½” for best results). Place one strip vertically on the shade, and fold the excess ribbon beneath the shade. Glue in place. Continue adding strips of ribbon until the entire shade is covered. Cover the top ends of the ribbon with one long piece of ribbon in a coordinating color. Glue or tie in place.
Painted flower lampshade
Add a retro look to a bedroom or sunroom with a pretty painted lampshade. Choose a color theme for your shade, which should, of course, match the color palette of your room. Then, take the shade and spray paint it a sunny solid color. Hand paint large 70’s style flowers using one color for the flower and a separate, darker, color to outline each one. The flowers should be sizable enough to almost touch one another, so that the entire shade is filled with colorful artwork.
Talk about easy! To make this homemade lampshade, all you’ll need is an old lampshade, twigs that are the length of the lampshade, and wire. Simply place the twigs on the shade and hold together with wire.
Your local craft store has a huge assortment of ready-to-use appliques, which can be used to make a lampshade with any theme. These appliques can usually be found in the scrapbooking section. Simply spray paint an old lampshade the color of your choice, or find an inexpensive finished one that you like. Then, attach the appliques with a hot glue gun.
With a plain shade, a hot glue gun, and a little imagination, you’ll find inspiration in all types of materials. Make a homemade lampshade with craft beads and other embellishments, seashells, buttons, and much more.
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