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A fun craft with twigs!
I'm into crafting rustic themed items these days. Using twigs for crafting is one my favorite. I made this lampshade using dry twigs and glue. Check out the tutorial and make one, it'll be worth it :)

Posted by Muhaiminah Faiz from Sylhet, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh • Published See Muhaiminah Faiz's 192 projects »
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  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Rustic Twig Lampshade - Step 1
    Step 1

    Collect many dry twigs.
    The twigs should be of the same size or relatively of the same size. You'll also need to cut all the twigs equally.
    Use a marker to mark the length,
    Use an x-acto knife to cut half way through the twig,
    Then use your fingers to create pressure on the cut and the twig will break easily

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

    When you'll have all the twigs ready you can start making the frames for the shade.
    For each frame we'll need to use 4 twigs,
    Place two logs in parallel as shown in the picture of this step.

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

    If you place the first two twigs vertically then you'll have to glue the next 2 twigs horizontally to complete the frame.
    After gluing the twigs allow the glue to dry.
    Now, similarly make more frames.
    The number of frame depends on the required length of the lampshade. To make a 20 cm tall lampshade and I had to make 10 twig frames to reach that length.

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

    After the glue is completely dry and the frames are sturdy enough you can make the shade.
    Place a frame on a flat surface,
    Take another frame and place it over the first frame by rotating it to 90 degrees with the frame below it. Check if it fits nicely and keep rotating to find the perfect fit,
    Now apply glue on the parts where both frames join,

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

    Similarly glue other frames. Every time you place or glue a frame make sure to rotate it to 90 with the frame below it.
    Keep gluing the frames until the shade reaches its required length.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Rustic Twig Lampshade - Step 6
    Step 6

    For the top, each frame should be smaller than each other,
    After making the small frames for the top join them like the main shade, by rotating each frame to 90 degrees with the frame below it.
    After making the top cover allow the glue to dry,
    Then place it on the top of the shade, find the perfect fit and simply glue it on the top.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Rustic Twig Lampshade - Step 7
    Step 7

    When the frame is complete allow the glue to dry and most importantly use fire retardant spray for safety.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Rustic Twig Lampshade - Step 8
    Step 8

    Connect the wire with the plug and the bulb holder, test if it works.
    Keep in mind, don't use more than 40 watt.

    I used cardboard to make the base.
    You'll need 6 pieces of cardboard. 2 squares pieces of equal size, they should be at least an inch larger than the twig frame and 4 cardboard strips to cover the sides.
    Glue the cardboard strips around any one of the square cardboard pieces.
    Now place the light fitting right on the middle of the square cardboard.
    Make a square hole on the other square cardboard piece and place it over the light fitting, as the light fitting will go through the square hole.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Rustic Twig Lampshade - Step 9
    Step 9

    Simply place the shade on the cardboard base and light it up.

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