How to make a wire lampshade frame

Written by annie mueller
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You can make your own modern furniture by using wire coat hangers to create a new lampshade frame for any lamp you own. All you need are some wire hangers and a pair of pliers. You can leave it as simple as that, or decorate your finished frame anyway you'd like. The result will be unique and fitted to your own personal style, without costing much, if any, money at all.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 10 to 20 wire coat hangers
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Use pliers to unwind the neck of each coat hanger and straighten the metal out. Press on the crimped up spots with pliers to remove the ridges from the wire.

  2. 2

    Decide on the diameter of your lampshade. Use an old lampshade for reference, or cut out several paper circles and see what fits best. Try starting with a paper plate as a standard size, then go up or down from there.

  3. 3

    Use the right-sized paper circle as a pattern to make the top of your wire lampshade frame. Twist one piece of wire around in a circle, making it the same diameter as your paper circle. Twist the excess wire over and around in a vinelike way. You will end up with a wire "wreath" in the diameter of your lampshade. Use pliers to crimp the ends of the wire toward the inside of the frame.

  4. 4

    Repeat with another piece of wire to make the bottom of your lampshade frame.

  5. 5

    Use additional wire pieces to create more "vines" on your wire wreath if you would like the top and bottom to be thicker.

  6. 6

    Measure how tall you want your wire lampshade frame to be, then cut the remaining wire coat hangers into that height measurement plus 2 inches each.

  7. 7

    Attach one vertical piece to the top frame. Hold the vertical piece so that 1 inch extends above the circular frame. Use pliers to fold the extra inch over and down, so that it loops around the frame. Press the end firmly with pliers to crimp it closed. Repeat with the remaining vertical pieces until all are attached to the top frame piece.

  8. 8

    Attach each vertical piece to the bottom frame. Use the same procedure as you did to attach to the top frame.

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