Build lamp and lampshade yourself

Handicraft instructions for decorative lampshades and dining table lamps

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Everyone can build a lampshade! We present simple ideas to give the old lampshade a modern designer look. There are only a few materials needed, which we will discuss separately in each manual.

In one variant, the umbrella is decorated using tennis balls in self-construction and thus receives a unique appearance. Our colorful party lamp was simply redesigned with construction paper: the new lampshade was glued wild and intentionally looks a bit crooked and crooked. The cowboy lamp could become a masterpiece of experienced craft friends. Of course, the motif can be varied, the steps remain the same.

You will also find a construction manual for an individual dining table lamp for optimal table lighting.

Lampshade made of table tennis balls

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With the help of table tennis balls, an old lampshade can be quickly and easily decorated.

Tool and material

  • Round lampshade about 40 cm in diameter and 25 cm in height
  • Approximately 250 table tennis balls
  • A lamp cable with socket
  • A screw hook
  • A dowel
  • A 6mm stone drill
  • Hot glue stick
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Rotary Hammer
  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • A piece of sandpaper

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building instructions

To call this page a construction manual, is almost applied a bit thick, because this lampshade is not much to do: you just need a ready-covered lampshade and glued him close together with table tennis balls.

This works best with a hot glue stick because the glue cures immediately. If you would like to improve the adhesion of the adhesive to the table tennis ball, you can roughen the adhesive spot briefly with sandpaper before sticking it on.

When sticking the ping-pong balls, glue the rows offset to make good use of the gaps.

Lampshade made of construction paper

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Wild and colorful - our party lamp made of colored construction paper will convince you on every fete. However, care must be taken that the home-made lampshade does not get too warm.

Tool and material

  • Colorful construction paper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • craft glue
  • wire

building instructions

First, the old lampshade is measured, so you get an idea of ​​how big the new building must be. Then wide strips of construction paper can be recorded and cut out. To get the shape of the screen, the strips below must be wider than the top. These are then glued together with craft glue. The lampshade is attached to the lamp with the help of the wire.

Lampshade with individual design

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Our cowboy lamp is a real eye-catcher. Of course, the motive can vary. At your discretion, the New York skyline, the logo of your favorite football club or small dogs can decorate the lampshade. The work is, however, something for advanced craft friends.

Tool and material

  • Black cloth
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • fabric glue

building instructions

The desired motif is transferred to the black fabric. Care should be taken to ensure that the size ratio matches the shade of the lamp. The transferred fabric motif is cut out and glued to the lampshade using the textile adhesive.

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Just build your own dining room lamp. This manual is easy to copy and even gives you two different ways to customize your lamp.

You only need the materials below and a little manual skill and you are already the proud owner of a homemade dining table lamp.

Material and tool list for variant A

material

  1. MDF PLATE, 12 mm, 570 x 280 mm, 1 pc.
  2. MDF PLATE, 12 mm, 570 x 280 mm, 1 pc.
  3. MDF PLATE, 19 mm, 300 x 150 mm, 1 pc.
  4. Rails spruce / fir planed, 14 x 40 mm, 550 mm, 2 pcs.
  5. Rails spruce / fir planed, 14 x 40 mm, 260 mm, 2 pcs.
  6. Rails spruce / fir planed, 14 x 40 mm, 215 mm, 2 pcs.
  7. Recessed furniture set, 5 x 20 W, 1 set
  8. Phillips screws, 3.5 x 25 mm, 10 pcs.
  9. Phillips screws, 5 x 90 mm, 2 pcs.
  10. Dowel (depending on ceiling conditions), Ø = 8 mm, 2 pcs.
  11. Genius PRO 2in1 varnish black, 375 ml
  12. Genius PRO 2in1 varnish white, 125 ml
  13. Rope, Ø = 3 mm, approx. 4 running meters (depending on ceiling height)

Tool

Folding ruler, pencil, angle, cordless screwdriver, jigsaw, 4- and 6-mm wood drill, countersink, 60-hole saw (please note information for recessed spotlights!), 180 and 220 grit sandpaper, wood glue, 6 clamp force, paint roller, brush, 25 mm crepe tape, scissors

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1. Have the MDF boards 1 to 3 and the strips 4 to 6 including the miter cuts in the toom BauMarkt cut to size. To make the luminaire body, mark the positions of the recessed luminaires on the MDF board (1) as shown. Then drill the holes with a hole saw. The exact diameter can be found in the details of the recessed luminaires. Drill from one side approximately to half the material thickness and then from the other side.

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2. Glue the frame from strips 4 and 5. To do this, apply glue to the mitres and pull the strips together with crepe tape (drying time approx. 30 min.).

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3. Lay the MDF board 2 on the frame so that it protrudes evenly. At the long edges you now draw 65 mm from the ends of a slot that extends to the outside of the bar 4. This will later lead the rope to hang. Directly below, drill a 4 mm hole in the center of bar 4, this will guide the rope into the luminaire (see drawing A). To screw the plate 2 onto the frame (4 and 5), make ten holes on the plate 2 as shown. Cut the slots (3 mm wide), drill the holes (4 mm) and countersunk the screw holes. Now drill a 6 mm hole for the cable exactly in the middle of the plate 2.

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4. To make the ceiling suspension, drill 4 mm holes in the corners of the MDF board (3) at a distance of 20 mm from the outside edge. In the middle, drill a 6 mm hole for the cable and at regular intervals to the right and left of it, two 6 mm holes; As a result, the lamp is later attached under the ceiling (sink from the bottom). Now the spacer strips (6) are glued, draw an auxiliary line 25 mm from the edge. Then press the strips with clamping clamps on the board, so that they jump in evenly from the side (drying time approx. 30 min.).

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5. Before the lamp and the suspension are to be mounted further, all parts must first be painted. Grind all parts smooth with 120-grit paper and round off all edges easily. Then prime with Genius Pro 2in1 Color Varnish, let everything dry - then sand all surfaces with fine sandpaper once more and then apply the paint a second time. To make the luminaire look like a real domino stone, paint a center line on the plates 1 and 2 with white or silver paint. To make it easier, glue an approx. 8 mm wide strip with crepe adhesive tape first. Now the lamp body can be assembled. To do this, apply thin glue to one side of the frame (4 and 5) and press it with clamping clamps onto the plate 1 in such a way that it rebounds uniformly all around.

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6. After drying, press the recessed lights (7) into the holes from below. Now all connections to the transformer are made, as described in the instructions for the recessed luminaires. The transformer is simply placed on top of the plate (1). Now insert the ropes for the suspension (13) from the outside through the holes in the strips 4 and knot them on the inside

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7. Now screw on the plate (2) with 3.5 x 25 mm screws and pull the ropes (13) up through the slots. Now determine how high the light should hang over your table and determine the distance to the ceiling. Measure this distance with a folding rule from the lower end of the ropes (13) and mark them at the upper end. Insert the ropes at the corresponding corner from below through the holes of the suspension (3) and knot them exactly at the marking. Work carefully so that the lamp does not hang awry. Now pass the cable through the suspension, have it professionally connected and then fix the luminaire with two 5 x 90 mm screws under the ceiling.

Material and tool list variant B

material

  1. MDF boards, 12 mm, 220 x 220 mm, 5 pcs.
  2. MDF board, 19 mm, 150 x 600 mm, 1 pc.
  3. MDF boards, 5 mm, 495 x 150 mm, 2 pcs.
  4. Rectangular spruce / fir planed, 14 x 40 mm, 990 mm, 2 pcs.
  5. Rails spruce / fir planed, 14 x 40 mm, 150 mm, 2 pcs.
  6. Rails spruce / fir planed, 14 x 40 mm, 500 mm, 2 pcs.
  7. Recessed furniture set, 5 x 20 W, 1 set
  8. Phillips screws, 3.5 x 25 mm, 14 pcs.
  9. Phillips screws, 5 x 90 mm, 2 pcs.
  10. Dowel (depending on ceiling conditions), Ø = 8 mm, 2 pcs.
  11. Genius PRO 2in1 varnish white, 375 ml
  12. Genius PRO 2in1 green varnish, 125 ml
  13. Rope, Ø = 3 mm, approx. 4 running meters (depending on ceiling height)

Tool

As with variant A

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1. Mark the center on each board (1) and drill the holes for the recessed lights.

2. Saw a small notch in one of the MDF boards (3) to later thread the cable through.3. Lay the panels (1) side by side as desired, check that all the holes for the lights are inside the frame (4 and 5), hold them together with tape (which you peel off after gluing) and then glue them together the frame (4 and 5) with glue on.

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Courtesy of toom

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