Make It: Strip The Shade From Your Tablelamp

Shadeless Lamp

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?      


I’ve never thought to actually remove the shade and just keep the wire, but It actually looks pretty cool with the lightbulb exposed! Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 DIY Wooden Lampshade Tutorials!

created at: 09/03/2012

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!     


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1. DIY Chunky Wood Random Light

2. DIY Colorful Wood Veneer Pendant Lights

3. DIY Woven Balsa Wood Lampshade

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4. DIY West Elm-Inspired Woven Wood Pendant Light

5. DIY Wood Cube Pendant Light

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6. DIY Looped Wood Pendant Light

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7. DIY Designer-Inspired Wood Lampshade

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How To: Make a Modern DIY Geometric Lampshade

created at: 06/04/2012

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. Continue Reading

Make It: An Easy DIY Crisscross Ribbon Lampshade!

Images removed at the request of MidwestLiving. Sorry, everyone!

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!  

Woven satin ribbons make for a big-impact lampshade – just choose your favorite colors!  For this DIY makeover, you’ll need:

  • Drum-style fabric lampshade; shown is a 13-inch shade (shade height is 9 inches)
  • Approximately 10 yards 5/8-inch-wide satin ribbon in first color of your choice
  • Approximately 10 yards 5/8-inch-wide satin ribbon in second color of your choice
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Hot-glue sticks
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins

When you’re ready to rock and roll with all that ribbon, hit up Midwest Living for the full tutorial. Continue Reading

Make: An Anthropologie Inspired Lampshade

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 the original:

Anthropologie Lampshade

As for what Autumn used to make her masterpiece, here ya go:

  • an old lampshade
  • a cricut or other personal cutting machine for cutting the circles, OR as Autumn suggest, we can cut them by hand too
  • heat & bond/iron-on fabric stabilizer
  • 2 yards of fabric in various prints/colors
  • trim
  • reposition-able spray adhesive
  • glue & foam brush

For the entire tute, skip on over to My Design DumpContinue Reading

DIY: Photo Lampshades

created at: 12/21/2010

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 hand already. Check ’em out:

  • lampshade/s, simple in shape
  • glue, hot or otherwise
  • vellum, clear or not
  • craft knife or scissors, pencil & ruler
  • photos and photo editor; Marie used Picasa for her collage lamp and also Picnik for the tall lamp pictured below.
  • this link to the tutorial at Under the Sycamore

Via. Continue Reading

Melted Detergent Bottle Lamps


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.Some of those bottle necks look like condoms. Colorful condoms, but condoms nonetheless. 

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Lampshade Makeover…With Paint

created at: 2009-07-15

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. Continue Reading

Yogurt Lamp

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. Wanna make one? Start eating. This creation consists of no less than 70 yogurt cups. Warning: Not for the lactose intolerant. *Urp*