About this project
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.
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 www.rylandpeters.com
You Will Need
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
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.
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.
Use different-colored wire for
a cool contrast effect.
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.