Fun Cardboard Craft!
My first lampshade! Made this 2 years ago. Check out the tutorial to find out how I made it.
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Firstly decide the size of the lampshade before making the base. You will need to cut out 5 pieces out of cardboard for the base. The shade I made is 5 X 5 inches wide, so for the bottom part of the base I had to cut out a 5.5 X 5.5 inches piece of cardboard and 4 strips (1.5 X 5.75 inches) for the sides of the base.
The height of the shade depends on your choice but once you've made the base you'll have to adjust the width of the shade according to the base. The shade should be at least 1 cm smaller (in width) than the base. Cut a piece of cardboard (4 times longer than the width of the base + extra 0.5 inch) and height of your choice, mine was 8 inches long.
Paint the shade as you want. I've used black for this one.
Parts you have to paint for the lamp shade:- 1) The Shade, 2) Top of the shade and 3) Base. Allow the paint to dry. You can decorate the shade as you want. I've used gold acrylic paint to color the borders of the stars. Color neatly and allow the paint to dry.
I think it's better to use light bulbs not more than 40 watt and even better if you use CFL light bulb. Fix the light and simply place the lamp shade on the base. You can make as many lamp shades you want, change them when your bored of the same shade. You may also make shades of other shapes but it has to adjust with the base. Enjoy!