How to Make Cut-Out Designs in Lamp Shades

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How to Make Cut-Out Designs in Lamp Shades
Very sharp artist-style knives cut intricate shapes. ( Images)

Cut-out lampshade designs run from simple shapes to very elaborate flower designs. Advanced students of this craft will find many patterns available to learn that incorporate new techniques. Someone just starting out should begin with a pierced look around the border of a lampshade. To find shapes and patterns, look online through clip-art collections. What you want are smaller solid shapes arranged in a pleasing design. This project requires cutting out shapes with a sharp knife, so choose a design carefully.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Drum lampshade kit
  • Pattern
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Sharp artist knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Rice paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Clean a large window (wider than the lampshade material) that receives good light during the day. Use glass cleaner and a paper towel.

  2. 2

    Tape the design pattern to the window.Position the design so you can reposition the lampshade easily if you repeat the design several times.

  3. 3

    Tape the lampshade material to the window (face side toward the glass) over the design so the pattern is one inch from the bottom edge of the lampshade. Trace the design onto the inside of the lampshade material. Rotate the lampshade until all of the design is drawn onto it.

  4. 4

    Remove the lampshade from the window and place it on the cutting mat. Cut out the shapes using a very sharp artists knife and make cuts as cleanly as possible.

  5. 5

    Spray the inside of the lampshade with spray adhesive, and line it with rice paper or any translucent paper. Use a sheet larger than the lampshade and trim off the excess.

  6. 6

    Follow the lampshade kit directions for how to assemble the rest of the shade.

Tips and warnings

  • Use new scrapbooking tools that include a cutter that will cut shapes using a punch technology. Position he tool along the edge of a lampshade. Place the fabric as flat as possible and punch from the inside when possible.
  • Cut out letters by creating a support and punching from the front side or punching the lampshade before you assemble it.

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