How to make your own paper light shades

Impress your guests with your own custom-made light shade. You can create your own paper light shade at home with just a few simple ingredients. Lighting helps to decorate a room, but often times the lights can become quite expensive. Instead of buying lamps, make your own paper light shades with inexpensive rice paper. Paper light shades will give you the flexibility to customise the lamp to suit your tastes and your home decor without breaking your budget.

Lay the plain paper out on a flat surface. Place the lampshade frame on top of the paper.

Outline each light shade panel on the paper with a pencil. After you trace one panel, turn the light shade over to the next panel until you trace all four.

Adjust the traced light shade panels. Add 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) to each side of the panels.

Cut out the paper templates. Trace each of these templates onto the rice paper, then cut the rice paper panels out carefully.

Apply craft glue to one side of the light shade frame. Pour the craft glue onto a flat surface such as old newspaper or a paper plate, then apply the glue with a paintbrush.

Place one of the rice paper light shade panels onto the light shade. Press around each side of the paper panel to ensure that the glue sticks well to the paper. Use a sharp craft knife to trim excess rice paper down to the size of the frame.

Add craft glue to each light shade panel. Continue to apply the light shade panels, and trim them as you go to ensure that they fit.

Wait for the glue to dry completely. Place the light shade onto your lamp.


Decorate the light shade to suit your tastes. Glue on fringe, beads or fabric to the paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Rice paper
  • Light shade frame
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft glue
  • Craft knife
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.