Supplies for Lampshade Making

Updated November 21, 2016

Lighting is an often overlooked element in interior design, but it makes a tremendous statement about the tone of a room. The right light will create the ideal environment for your space. If you don't like the options already available, consider making a lampshade of your own. Lampshades are an essential accessory to personalise your space. To make your own, you simply need some basic supplies.


The type of wire you choose will depend on the type of lampshade you would like to create. If you are making a lampshade out of fabric, use a thin, easily bended craft wire available at any hobby shop. If you are using paper to make your lampshade, consider bending chicken wire to make your lampshade frame for extra stability. If you are on a budget, consider using the wire from a ready-made lampshade as your base by simply cutting away the fabric or paper shade. Or, you could bend the wire from a wire hanger you might already have available.

Shade Material

Use fabric or paper to wrap around your wire base. This can be attached with a hot glue gun, or a needle and thread if you would prefer to sew your lampshade. Use a sheer or thin fabric for your lampshade to allow light to shine through. For example, muslin, tulle or lightweight cotton are ideal shade materials. Most craft papers are generally thin enough to let light through. The amount of material you need will depend on the size of the lampshade you would like to create. You may also want to obtain decorative piping or trim ribbon to hide your seams and add interest to your shade.


You will need a wire cutter to make your cuts. To create your frame for your lampshade, you will need thick thread or twine to tie your ends together. If you have access to a soldering gun, you could use this and solder to attach your wire ends instead. Otherwise, further strengthen your wire with hot glue at the joints. You will need scissors to cut your shade material. If you are using strips of paper, you will need school glue to hold your strips in place. For safety purposes, wear goggles to prevent having any wire clippings making their way into your eyes. Similarly, wear gloves when bending or cutting your wire, as well as when using a hot glue or soldering gun.

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