How to Make Wire Lampshades

Updated April 17, 2017

If you want to spice up the look of your decor, you can make wire lamp shades using simple objects you can find around your house. These can be as simple or elaborate as you'd like, depending on your budget. Wire lamp shades can be created for any lamp you own, since their sizes can be adjusted. Wire lamp shades are cheaper to make than buying ready-to-use lampshades.

Using the pliers, untwist the beginning of the neck of each coat hanger, and proceed by unwinding it completely. Straighten the metal out, and use the pliers to make it as smooth as possible, pressing on the bumps and ridges along the surface of the wire.

Decide on the diameter of your lampshade before making it. If you have a lamp that you want to make a lamp shade for, measure the diameter of it's bulb holder using a meter rule. If you are still unsure, punch a hole in the paper plate and place it over the bulb to see what size fits best. Keep trimming the diameter of the plate until you reach the size you are comfortable with. Measure this with the tape rule.

Decide what shape you want your lampshade to be. Lampshades are most commonly circular or square.

Use your meter rule as a reference and use the pliers to shape the beginning of one of your wire hangers into a circle. Continue shaping the rest of the wire over and around until it begins to make a wreath shape. If you want to go with a square lamp shade, curve the wire in an angular form instead, making sure that the dimensions of the square are big enough to accommodate the diameter of the lamp.

Continue adding more wires to the lamp shade until it is the shape you want.

Take a piece of wire hanger, and twist it into a circle that is big enough for the base of the bulb in the lamp, but too small for the top of the bulb to pass through. Unscrew the bulb from the lamp, and place this on the bulb holder. Use three similarly sized pieces of wire hanger to attach this circle to the side of the wire lamp, depending on how high or low you want your lampshade to sit on the lamp. Screw the bulb on again. This should attach the lampshade to the lamp.

Things You'll Need

  • 15 to 20 wire coat hangers
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Paper plate
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Sheharyar Khan has been writing professionally since 2004 with articles appearing in various print and online sources, including Empowered Doctor and Disney's "Family Fun." Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering with a major in textiles from Philadelphia University.