DIY lampshade supplies:
- Circle cutting tool
- fabric (choose something semi-sheer, thin and inexpensive)
- hot glue/hot glue gun
- lampshade of your choice
- patience and a bit of time
Why patience? Mostly because those shades took me H.O.U.R.S. (like around 3 per shade) to make, but in terms of difficulty, it’s certainly not a hard project at all. You just have to embrace the monotony of cutting out hundreds of fabric circles.
Here’s the how-to…
how to make a DIY lampshade:
STEP 1. BUY A CIRCLE CUTTING TOOL.
Do not pass go without purchasing a circle cutting tool. Or go ahead, and try this with your scissors, but don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉 I bought the OLFA rotary cutter. Will run you about $14-16. There’s even a YouTube video (actually a page of them) on how to use it. Watch it before you start your circles.
STEP 2: BUY YOUR FABRIC AND CUT (And cut. And keep cutting):
STEP 3: ASSEMBLE YOUR FLOWERS.
After you’ve made a sizable stack of your circles, start assembling them. For me, this step involved a lot of hot glue burns. If you come up with a better way, FANTASTIC. I’m too lazy to take precautions (which is why I have no nerve endings left in my hands).
Stack your set of circles, largest on the bottom, smallest on top. Grab the stack from the center of the bottom circle by pinching the whole set of circles together (This material is NOT what I used for the project, just using this for illustrative purposes).
Now dab some hot glue here and there, between the layers, staying toward the centermost area. Hold that pinch until the glue starts to set a bit (only about 5-8 seconds).
Release, and voila! You have a flower. Don’t get too excited here because you now have to repeat that step about a thousand times.
STEP 4: GLUE FLOWERS TO LAMPSHADE.
Again, be miserly with your hot glue because globs of hot glue can show through the shade if you’re not careful. I glued just the very center of the flowers, plus, if there were areas where the outermost layers of the flower were “flopping” in a way I didn’t like, I would put a teeny, tiny amount on the edges to hold those in place on the shade as well.
On my DIY lampshade, I ended up with 10-11 flowers per “row”, and three rows (top to bottom) total, per shade. This will vary, depending on size/shape of your shade. Play with how dense you make the flowers, as that will definitely change the look of your end result.