Tinker lampshade yourself

Make Lampshade - Instructions

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Who can tinker a lampshade, only needs a socket and a lamp is complete. A very nice DIY project and at the same time still practical. In addition, such creations of each institution give a very personal touch.

There are many ways and materials to make a lampshade. From classic with lamp rings and fabric, to very individual from papiermache with metallic sheen. It is even easier to pimp paper balloons or glass balls.

If you make lamps yourself, the material is often not fire protected. Therefore, home-made lamps should basically only be operated with LED bulbs that hardly heat up.

Otherwise, there are no limits to your imagination and you can use your own favorite colors and materials. Some suggestions can be found in this guide.

Contents: Make lampshade

  • Lampshades made of paper - paper mache
  • Step 1: make pulp
  • Step 2: Prepare the balloon
  • Step 3: Apply papier mache
  • Step 4: Let the lampshade dry
  • Step 5: Remove the balloon
  • Step 6: Lampshade Finish
  • Lampshade made of transparent paper or straw silk
  • Step 1: tear paper
  • Step 2: Stick paper scraps on the balloon
  • Step 3: Let it dry and remove the balloon
  • Step 4: Cut holes for socket and lamp
  • Lamp - DIY with glass nuggets
  • Step 1: Prepare the glass bulb
  • Step 2: Glue the glass ball
  • Lampshade made of fabric
  • Step 1: Cut the foil for the lampshade
  • Step 3: Assemble lampshade

Lampshades made of paper - paper mache

Almost all of them have already made paper mache (papier-mâché). A balloon is the shape and in the design you can create a concrete look with gray tones or achieve a metallic shine with special colors.


  • 2 rolls of toilet paper
  • 1 balloon or water polo
  • wallpaper paste
  • Abtönfarbe
  • Inkagold (there are many different metallic shades)
  • rubber gloves
  • sponge
  • 1 socket with ring (complete set for standard or pendant lamp)

Step 1: make pulp

Soak the toilet paper rolls in a large bowl or bucket in water. The water should completely cover the rolls. Pull out the inner cardboard rolls as soon as the paper is wet. The wet toilet paper in the water completely tear into small pieces. Then the mass is crushed even finer with a blender.

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Crush the softened paper thoroughly, preferably with a blender.

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Do not press too hard, there must be enough moisture left for the paste.

Place a tea towel in a large sieve and fill in the mixture. Close the cloth over the ground and squeeze out part of the water. Now the so partially dehydrated pulp back into the bowl and is sprinkled with about 50 g of wallpaper paste and mixed. Knead well with a little tinting color in the desired shade - this is best done with rubber gloves. The color should be very even and there should not be any white scraps of paper left. This is the papier mache finished.

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Sprinkle the paste on the pulp and mix.

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Then provided with enough tinting color.

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Knead the whole dough with rubber gloves.

Step 2: Prepare the balloon

Inflate the balloon and place it on a suitable container (bowl, bucket or similar). Tip: Before inflating, add some water to the balloon, then the balloon stays in position more stable when editing. When inflating then entertain until it is knotted.

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Inflate the balloon to the desired size and place on a suitable container.

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The mass is now evenly distributed - pay attention to the balance.

Step 3: Apply papier mache

Starting from the middle up, the paper mache is now distributed in portions on the balloon. Only roughly by hand and then smoothed. This is very good with a big spoon, for example.

The layer that results should be at least 5 mm thick everywhere. You work your way down in circles. Careful, the balloon tends to spin when one side of the paper mache is heavier than the other.

For the frame at the end, make a hole in the appropriate size in the middle at the top, but do not let the edge get too thin there. The border below can either be ended irregularly or straightened.

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Evenly smooth the layer with a spoon.

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Do not forget the opening for the lamp socket.

Step 4: Let the lampshade dry

The papier mache shrinks when drying and becomes much lighter. Depending on the temperature and humidity it takes several days or even almost a week until the lampshade is really dry.

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During drying, the shade will be much lighter in color and slightly shrink.

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After gently releasing the air, the balloon dissolves and can be taken out.

Step 5: Remove the balloon

Cover the balloon with a strip of Tesafilm and pierce two or three holes with a needle through the adhesive tape. The air escapes slowly and gently and the balloon can simply be removed from the lampshade. He may now dry another day from the inside, before he is further processed.

Step 6: Lampshade Finish

With a strong sharp pair of scissors, the edge can be trimmed a bit, for example for the frame. Both outside and inside can now be additionally applied color. This is best done with a piece of sponge or a crumpled cloth. This allows the color - or more colors - dabbing apply. The inside of the DIY lamp should get a light or metallic tone so that the light is reflected enough. Let it dry and attach the socket, ready - that was the first "lamp-make-yourself-manual".

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Inside the copper tone is spotted with the sponge, outside with a cloth a little platinum.

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After this shiny, metallic finishing a very individual lampshade is finished.

Lampshade made of transparent paper or straw silk


  • Balloon or water polo
  • Straw silk or colored tracing paper
  • white craft glue

Step 1: tear paper

The paper must be torn to pieces. Do not leave straight paper edges. The smaller the pieces, the smoother the result, larger pieces give more structure. Ultimately, a matter of taste or a time issue, because working with large pieces is of course faster.

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Straw silk dyed in two shades of blue.

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More is not needed on materials.

Step 2: Stick paper scraps on the balloon

Mix the glue with about 30% water and glue the pieces onto the balloon in several layers with a brush. Apply glue under and over the scraps of paper and always overlap them. The layers can be glued either in one go, then from the second layer glue only has to be applied over the pieces of paper. Otherwise, always half a balloon can be stuck, then let it dry and turn over for the next step.

Three to four layers are necessary at least for stability.

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Stick the scraps of paper with glue.

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Apply at least 3 - 4 layers.

Step 3: Let it dry and remove the balloon

The laminate of glue and scraps of paper must dry well, which can take two days. Stick Tesafilm onto the balloon in a small area and pierce it several times with a needle. In this way, the air escapes slower and gentler.

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Pierce through the adhesive film with the needle so that the balloon does not burst.

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The lampshade has not been damaged and the balloon is out.

Step 4: Cut holes for socket and lamp

First mark the appropriate openings and then use a pair of scissors (nail scissors) to carefully and precisely cut out the cutouts so that the lines are removed. Mount and finish the homemade lampshade.

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Using scissors carefully cut the necessary openings in the balloon.

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Done is the lampshade. In fact, it is a luminous reminder of an alien planet.

Lamp - DIY with glass nuggets

Make your own lampshade in the glass mosaic look in your own favorite colors?

Ikea and Co. provide the basis: a reasonably priced glass bulb.


  • Glass ball lamp
  • about 2 kg glass nuggets
  • Hot glue gun with 4 to 5 refill sticks alternatively glass mounting glue

Step 1: Prepare the glass bulb

Cover the table and provide a heat-resistant pad for the hot glue gun (eg large plate) from which the hot glue is easy to remove. Then insert the hot glue gun and heat up for a sufficient time - as indicated on the packaging.Please also read and observe the rest of the instructions.

If you do not like working with hot glue - or when working with children - you can also use glass mounting glue instead.

Nuggets are best spread flat with the smooth side down.

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Everything is well prepared and spread, it works best when hot glueing.

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Start at the top with the first glass nuggets and slowly continue around.

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It can quietly put some glue dots in a row - depending on the pace.

Step 2: Glue the glass ball

Now in the middle of the middle, the glass nuggets begin to stick to the glass ball. Always work evenly around the already glued nuggets downwards. You can put some glue dots and then press the stones. But not too many glue dots at once, depending on your own pace, so that the glue does not dry before the glass stone comes on it. So work down.

Care tip: If you ever get dusty in the corners, because the duster does not reach every gap, simply remove the socket and carefully rinse off with cold water, pat dry and allow to dry. If a stone loosens, it can simply be glued in again at any time.

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Randomly, the same colors also occur next to each other.

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Now the whole glass ball is pasted. Already without lighting it is very decorative.

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When light shines through the colorful glass stones, the lamp shows all its charm.

Lampshade made of fabric


  • lamp rings
  • lamp film
  • material
  • scissors
  • fabric glue

Whether for a pendant lamp or a floor lamp, the fabric-covered lampshade is a classic. Similarly classic you can make this kind of lampshade by folding paper. Just make a long accordion and put it on the adhesive tape inserted lamp foil.

Step 1: Cut the foil for the lampshade

In order to be able to properly cut the film, it is necessary to determine and determine what the dimensions of the lampshade are. Measure the circumference of the lamp ring and determine how high the lampshade should be in between. The lamp foil itself comes only between the two rings. Add an extra centimeter in width for later overlap.

Record these dimensions on the paper side of the foil and cut all around.

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To measure the circumference you need a tape measure.

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Cut the film to 1 cm oversize.

The film can be glued to the back of the fabric. The fabric must be very smooth, so if necessary iron before. Then spread the fabric quite smoothly on a firm surface (table, floor, etc.) - with the back side upwards. Carefully apply the foil to the fabric, leaving just one centimeter of film on one side for the overlap on the edge of the fabric. Then paint everything firmly.

Mark two centimeters at the top and bottom of the fabric and then across the width, opposite the side where the film will stick. Then cut out all three sides of the fabric. Fold the fabric supernatant on one side in half and fix with textile glue. It remains so about one centimeter wide hemmed fabric supernatant to conceal the overlap later.

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On the left side, a piece of the self-adhesive lamp foil remains free of material.

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After marking the substance addition, the fabric is cut all around.

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Here you can see the "seam", which is created by the overlap and laminated.

Step 3: Assemble lampshade

For the next step, a second pair of hands is extremely helpful for holding the upper ring in and the lower one at the same time. With a few strips of adhesive film as a light fixation, but it works alone. It is important that the film is closed overlapping over the rings.

Then directly double the overlapping fabric and stick on the overlap so that it is lined and looks clean.

To glue the fabric overhangs above and below over the rings inwards, you can use either textile adhesive or double-sided adhesive tape. An additional strip of adhesive film can then be glued - inside the lampshade - over it.

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Stick double-sided adhesive tape on the inside so that the fabric can be fixed there.

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After the fabric has been hit around the top and bottom ring, the screen is ready.

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However, you can see the seam and the envelopes illuminated with this kind of lampshade.

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