How to Make a Rotating Lampshade

Updated April 17, 2017

Rotating lampshades add flair and movement to a plain desk or table. You can obtain rotation with several types of designs. Either cutouts that move light and shadow across walls while the lampshade rotates or designs that scroll across the shade. Most lamps can be customised to rotate and spruce up your room decor with a few easy-to-follow steps.

Tape your desired stencils on your lampshade. Dip your stencil brush in your paint and place it entirely over the stencil. You can find stencils for most any design you like at arts and craft stores.

Allow your lampshade designs to dry for at least 24 hours. Measure the top opening of the shade and divide the number by 2. Take your compass and stretch it to one inch more than the resulting number. For example, if your shade opening measures 8 inches across, stretch your compass open 5 inches wide

Draw a circle with the compass in the middle of your aluminium tin then cut the circle out with a pair of scissors. Poke a hole in the centre of the circle. Take your ruler and draw four lines from the centre to the edge, resulting in quarters. Next quarter those four lines again so that you have eight wedges.

Push the tip of your utility knife along the eight lines and drag it along each line. Begin half an inch from the centre hole and stop half an inch from the edge. Push down on the top edge of each wedge so it looks like a fan.

Cut 3/8 inch long fringe on the edge of the circle with each fringe spaced about 1/4 of an inch apart. Bend them and spread a thin line of glue over each fringe. Place aluminium circle in the top opening of your lamp so the fringes point downward.

Press each of the glued fringes to the inside of the shade. Allow glue to dry overnight, then loosely place the lampshade over the lamp. Heat generated by the light bulb should permit the shade to rotate.

Things You'll Need

  • Lampshade
  • Stencils
  • Painter's tape
  • Stencil brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Aluminium tin
  • Drawing compass
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • School glue
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Tina Reichmann has been a freelance writer since 2009 when she began an internship with the "Amarillo Globe News." She has her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of North Texas and her Master of Science in kinesiology from West Texas A&M University.