If you are redecorating but you can't find the right decorative lampshades, you can try making them yourself. Making your own lampshades will save you money and give you more options for how they will look and match your home decor. You can use the fabric of your choice and a lining on the inside of the lampshade to protect the fabric. You can also buy lamp shade frames so that you get the size and shape that you want.
Purchase a lamp shade frame in the size that you need for your lamp, or remove the lining from an old lampshade. If you are buying a new lampshade frame, make sure the top will fit on the lamp by looking at where it connects to the top of the lamp.
Wrap seam tape around the spokes--vertical parts--of the frame and dab some hot glue on the ends to glue them in place. This will make it easier for you to attach the fabric and lining to the frame.
Measure the height of the lampshade frame and make note of this measurement. Use measuring tape to measure around the circumference of the lampshade if it is the same size all the way down. If the lampshade tapers at the top and gets wider at the bottom, measure around the widest end. Add 1/2 inch to the height.
Cut your fabric to the height and width that you determined. The fabric you use should be thin enough for some light to escape. Keep in mind that the lining will also block some of the light.
Run a line of hot glue on the top of the lampshade frame and attach the top of the fabric to the frame. Glue and attach only a few inches at a time to avoid messes and burns. Press the fabric to the frame with your hand in a glove so that you don't burn yourself. Fold 1/4 inch of the fabric over the top.
Glue along the vertical spokes and along the bottom of the frame. Fold 1/4 inch of fabric over the bottom of the frame.
Attach the lining to the inside of the lampshade frame the same way that you attached the outside fabric, but don't fold the top and bottom of the lining over the frame. Now your homemade lampshade is ready to use.
Things you need
- Lampshade frame
- Seam tape
- Hot glue gun
- Measuring tape