Sample Project From Make Your Own Lampshades

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Make Your Own Lampshades

Hunting through old secondhand stores can result in
some really interesting finds—here a collection of old
hinged rulers has been transformed into a real talking
point. The shade looks just as good with the light off as
it does on.

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Make Your Own Lampshades by Elizabeth Cake

Published by Ryland Peters & Small

Add drama, warmth and fun to your lighting, with these original shades to make. Lighting is one of the most important elements of a room's decorating scheme, yet many of us opt for a plain fabric shade for that table lamp or pendant ceiling light. This fabulous new book from lampshade designer Elizabeth Cake shows you how a beautiful and unique lampshade can completely transform a room, with 35 wonderful projects for you to try. The first section explains in detail how to make the four basic lampshade shapes: drum, bell, Tiffany-style, and cone. Then Textiles includes ideas from fairy light shades made from vintage fabrics to a twisted ribbon drum shade and covers a number of simple techniques such as applique, cross-stitch, patchwork, or simple stitching. Paper, Card, and Wood includes simple designs using papier mache and origami, as well as ideas for upcycling. Metal has easy but effective ideas such as hanging old keys from a bell frame, as well as more challenging ones such as punching holes in copper sheeting to create an Art Deco effect. Finally, Odds and Ends has quirky ways to use found items, such as a stunning lampshade made using old 35-mm slides and a shade made from drinking straws. With clear instructions and illustrations throughout, this is a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to add character and style to their lighting scheme.

© 2018 Elizabeth Cake / Ryland Peters & Small · Reproduced with permission. · Make Your Own Lampshades by Elizabeth Cake is published by CICO Books and is available from


  • Step 1

    Using a tape measure,
    mark out 8 in. (20 cm)
    sections on your yardsticks
    with a pencil, avoiding any
    brass hinges etc. Use a
    hacksaw to cut them to this
    length as neatly as possible,
    making sure they are all the
    same length. Sand the ends smooth
    with sandpaper.

  • Step 2

    Mark a dot in the center, 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) in
    from each end of each ruler, and another dot
    3⁄8 in. (1 cm) along from that. Use the drill to
    drill small holes where you have marked.

  • Step 3

    Measure the circumference of one of your
    lampshade rings and take a length of garden wire that is
    about three times this measurement. Thread the wire
    through the top hole in your first ruler, from back to front,
    then through the second hole, from front to back. Twist it
    back round itself, twist once around the ring and repeat
    with the next ruler.

    why not?
    Use different-colored wire for
    a cool contrast effect.

  • Step 4

    When you have gone right round the
    ring, making sure that the rulers are evenly
    spaced, twist the two ends of wire together
    to secure. Trim the ends and tuck the twist up
    under the ring to hide. Repeat step 3 with
    the other ring and the holes at the other
    ends of the rulers.

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Anna B.
Anna B. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
i will have to try this looks great
James A.
James A. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
toooo good
Esteph H.
Esteph H. · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
Muhaiminah Faiz
Muhaiminah Faiz · Sylhet, Sylhet Division, BD · 302 projects
Sooo cool!

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