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Add some leaf to your life
An original way to personalize your lampshades, try it out and post your versions... it's cheap and easy!

Posted by Lucía from Montevideo, Montevideo Dept, Uruguay • Published See Lucía's 9 projects »
  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Leafy Lampshade - Step 1
    Step 1

    Trace the outline of your lampshade onto some baking paper and cut it out, use the existing shade as a pattern or use some compasses to draw it.
    Baking paper is used for easier "unsticking" further on, you can try other sorts of nonstick stock.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Leafy Lampshade - Step 2
    Step 2

    Arrange dried leaves on the shade you just cut leaving spaces for the tissue paper to hold on. Make sure they are really dry, to avoid chlorophyll stains later...
    You can also use magazine or other paper figures if you don't have dried leaves!

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Leafy Lampshade - Step 3
    Step 3

    On top of the leaves, arrange tissue or toilet paper sheets and apply some diluted glue with gentle brush taps (you might tear the tissue otherwise). It's important the surface you work on is also nonstick (I worked on a formica table).

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Leafy Lampshade - Step 4
    Step 4

    Wait for it to semi dry, then remove from the work surface and cut off the excess material, leaving some marging on top and bottom to stick to the wire structure.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Leafy Lampshade - Step 5
    Step 5

    Glue the margins to the structure and the union on the back, let it dry completely and your shade is ready to use!

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Poetica · Morgantown, West Virginia, US
Awesome project. Fall is my favorite season. This is a good way to keep it around all year long!
Lindsey  N.
Lindsey N. · Backus, Minnesota, US · 29 projects
This is perfect for my room makeover project!!!
rachel. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
hahaha the glue is in spanish!! hehe anyway it looks cute
basketofapples · Mt Airy, North Carolina, US · 8 projects
perfection! i really like this. good job!
Cheyanne · Houston, Texas, US · 5 projects
I love love love this! I'm going to make one asap
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Rae Rae The Jet Plane · Los Angeles, California, US · 1 project
You don't use the baking paper in the end result correct? This is just the leaves and the tissue paper as the lamp shade?
GreenLeaf · Essex, England, GB · 52 projects
This looks great, inspired me to make a matching pair. Thank you for posting.
Tanya · Oregon, Ohio, US · 2 projects
ohh this isss neeeaat!
www.edasuner.com · İstanbul, TR
waww its amazing Happy
Naomi T.
Naomi T. · Mississauga, Ontario, CA
I LOVE this lampshade. It inspires me to redo!!!

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