DIY | Lampshade

DIY | Lampshade

DIY | Lampshade
Here is an easy tutorial for a yarn lampshade. I was inspired by all those lamps made out of yarn that people are making these days, using a balloon. So I thought why not make a regular shaped lampshade but with the yarn technique to make a look more unique.
I bought this lamp at a thrift store, but it’s originally from Ikea. The lamp itself is pretty big and heavy, so I thought that this yarn idea would make the lamp a bit more modern.
Here’s how I did it:
DIY | Lampshade
1. Get your supplies:
– On old lampshade, in the shape you want your creation to be.
– Yarn
– Bakingpaper
– Wallpaper glue
– scissors
– tape or a stapler
– superglue
2. Remove the top of your lampshade, or any part that holds it to the foot of the lamp(you will be needing this to attach your homemade lampshade back to the lamp)
3. Cover the lampshade with the baking paper. This is to make sure that the yarn won’t stick to the lampshade. You can try to use tape to attach the paper to the lampshade, but a stapler worked better for me.
4. Staple or tape the first piece of the yarn to the baking paper.
5. Start whirling the yarn around the lampshade.
6. Mix the wallpaper glue with water and gently dab the yarn with the glue. Make sure that every piece is covered in glue.
7. Let the glue dry. This can take a while, it took my lampshade three days to completely dry. After it completely dried, gently remove the hard yarn from the baking paper.
8. Get your superglue and glue the basis back to the new lampshade, so you can reattach it to the lamp.
All done!
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  • Anonymous 16th August 2012 at 10:13 pm

    So when/how do you remove the original lampshade and paper from the yarn?

    • Anonymous 16th August 2012 at 10:36 pm

      After the glue/yarn dries you want to remove it. If you remove it sooner than that the yarn would just fall apart.

    • Lana Red 17th August 2012 at 7:45 am


      I’m sorry, I did write about letting it dry in the tutorial, but forgot to mention when to remove the yarn from the baking paper. I adjusted the tutorial and hope that everything worked out well!

      If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

      xoxo Lana

    • Anonymous 18th August 2012 at 5:15 am

      Thanks! I just wanted to be sure. I have a lamp my grandmother made out of an interesting bottle (she’s the craftiest of us all) and I this think this shade will go perfectly. :-)

  • Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel 24th August 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Ok – how perfect and awesome is this?!? It’s just stunning. Shared in my finds today. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Lana Red 2nd September 2012 at 9:45 am

      Thank you so much for sharing it! xx

  • Maria Luisa Artesanatos 25th August 2012 at 4:08 am

    Super!! I have one like this and i will do this. Thanks!!

    • Lana Red 2nd September 2012 at 9:45 am

      Hi Maria, thank you for your comment! And good luck with making one. Let me know how it turns out!

  • carmen 25th August 2012 at 7:38 pm

    There are many lampshade-tutorials and this is a really beautiful one! But I always ask myself – where do you get those old lamps from? ;) I didn’t found any affordable around…

    • Lana Red 2nd September 2012 at 9:48 am

      Hi Carmen, I was so inspired by your comment and the question about where to buy old lamps, that I wrote a new post about Low Budget and Vintage shopping. It will be on my blog later this afternoon (Dutch time).
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      xx Lana

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