Making your own lampshade at home is very easy and cost effective as well. Check out tips on how to make a lampshade at home.

How To Make A Lampshade

Lampshade is not merely a fixture that covers the bulb on a stand, but is also an exquisite decorative element. It can bring about a significant change in the look of your entire room and contribute to the interior décor. Searching through tonnes of lampshades in the market and then finalizing the most appropriate one for your home décor can sometimes be a daunting task. Besides, you may not find the exact thing that you had planned for your room. So, why not make a nice lampshade yourself! With some efforts, a little bit of creativity and our expert tips, you will be able to make a lampshade at home, in a very short time. The best part of the homemade lampshade is that you can get the appropriate design and texture that you have in your mind. It also cuts down the cost to a considerable extent. We bring you two different ways to make lampshades that will certainly give a majestic look to your room.
Making Your Own Lampshades At Home
Embellished Lampshade
Things Needed
  • Unfinished Lampshade
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Glue
  • Embellishments (lace, beaded trim, rhinestones and sequins) 
  • Search for an unfinished lampshade in the nearest home improvement store. The basic lampshades are inexpensive and easy to work on.
  • Keep the fabric and glue handy. Choose the color for your fabric as per the color you want for your lampshade.
  • Cover the lampshade with fabric, using glue. Smooth out the fabric as you go around gluing it on the lampshade.
  • Make sure that the glue is applied in small sections, so that it does not dry out immediately.
  • As you reach the rim of the lampshade, glue and tuck the fabric over it. Hold the rim firmly, until the fabric is completely glued down.
  • Leave the lampshade aside, so that the glue dries completely.
  • After the glue is set, adorn the lampshade with embellishments such as lace, beaded trim, rhinestones and sequins. 
Decorative Lampshade
Things Required
  • Old Lampshade
  • Raffia Fibers
  • Glue Tape (double sided)
  • Parchment
  • White Lightweight Paper
  • Glue
  • Knife
  • Scissor
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Take an old lampshade and open it up. Trace its outline on a white lightweight paper.
  • Now cut the traces into eight sections of equal sizes. Take one of the sections and fold it into half.
  • Sub-divide the folded section in such a way that you again get eight equal sections. 
  • Using a pencil, mark each of the folds at every half inch. Join the markings to form a shape of a curved line.
  • Count the 3rd, 5th and 7th fold line on the section and then form a V shape out of it.
  • Place this template on the top of the parchment and then cut out V-shape finely.
  • With the help of the ends of a knife, open up all the V shapes of the parchment. Make more, similar shapes from the parchment.
  • Now fix the back edges of the parchment, using the double-sided tape.
  • Spread glue over the lampshade rings and attach the parchment on it. Be careful to stick on the top ring first. Allow it to dry properly.
  • Sew the top and bottom part of the parchment with the help of needle and raffia.
  • Form tight knots at the free ends of raffia. This will ascertain that it will stay intact without falling apart.


  • While making lampshade, always go for materials that are absolutely heat friendly.
  • Never put high voltage light fixture inside the lampshade, as this can ruin its safety and durability.

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