How to line a lampshade with styrene

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How to line a lampshade with styrene
Styrene is most often used in lampshades with straight, flat or round panels. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Styrene is a flexible material used to line the inside of lampshades. It is typically used when initially making a lampshade. However, you can also replace torn, discoloured or worn-out styrene on an existing lampshade. Pressure sensitive, also called self-stick, or plain styrene can be found in most craft stores. Ready-to-use styrene, with fabric already attached, is also available. Lining a lampshade with styrene results in a finished and professional look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Lampshade frame
  • Fabric
  • Styrene
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Clothespins

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lie one side of your lampshade frame or completed lampshade on top of the styrene. Trace the lampshade's shape onto the styrene and cut out the shape.

  2. 2

    Remove the backing from the styrene and press it to the inside of your lampshade or the back side of the fabric if you are using self-stick styrene. If you are using plain styrene, use fabric glue or a hot glue gun for application.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric around the styrene if you are making a new lampshade. Trim any excess styrene if you are lining an existing lampshade.

  4. 4

    Secure the styrene with clothespins, and allow it to dry for 20 minutes. If you are making a new lampshade, delay this step until you have attached the fabric and styrene to the frame.

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