How to Create Your Own Lampshade With Parchment Paper

Updated July 20, 2017

Lampshades are often overlooked as design opportunities, even though you will find them throughout your home. They can serve as accents to the overall colour scheme, or can simply be another chance to add your personal touch to a different sort of canvas. Using sturdy parchment paper will allow the lampshade to be sturdy enough to last, but will allow light to shine through.

Cut parchment paper to fit the height of the lampshade you are replacing.

Wrap the cut parchment paper around the original lampshade to determine how long to leave the length. Cut off excess.

Make small holes in the parchment by pricking a sewing pin through the paper. Make several holes throughout the length of paper, either scattering them at random or making geometric patterns for more light to shine through.

Decorate the shade further by drawing with pastels. Draw a horizontal image or landscape or simply make patterns, such as adding horizontal lines of different thicknesses and colour at the top and bottom of the paper.

Complete the parchment paper lampshade design by taping the shorter ends of the paper together to create a cylinder.


Secure the new lampshade in place by hot gluing or using fabric tape to connect the original wire encasing the light bulb to the new shade, using the way the original lampshade was attached as an example. (Note: this will vary by lamp design.)

Things You'll Need

  • Original lampshade
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • Pastels
  • Tape
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