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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.

Posted by Ryland Peters & Small Published See Ryland Peters & Small's 148 projects » © 2023 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
  • 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 one....it 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 · 305 projects
Sooo cool!

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