Lampshade DIY 04 Aug

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The lighting that you choose to you have in your home is an important part of interior design and if like us you don’t want to settle for a regular old lampshade then you have come to the right place. By making your own lampshade you can transform your room with fabrics of your own choice, paper and even old bottles and a few simple materials.

Ministry of Craft’s Lampshade Making course is a brilliant place to start if you would like to get to grips with creating a bespoke look for your lighting. Using a fabric of your choice you will learn the basic skills of shade making, including how to work with specialist materials, the techniques behind constructing your shade and how to adapt this to different sizes. Ministry’s expert tutor Sam Sterken will guide you through the process of making a 30cm diameter lampshade, which can be used as a pendant or table lampshade.

We’ve been busy pinning inspiring lampshades to our Pinterest, here are our top 3:

1. Sculptural Paper Lampshade



You could easily recreate this using a paper latern style shade and paper in the colour of your choice. Cut the paper into varying lengths, glue it to your shade and hey presto you have a chic contemporary shade!

2. Giant Yarn Lampshades


We love these giant yarn lampshade, we think they make a real statement. Thankfully Dana from danamadeit.com has put together this easy to follow tutorial for how to make them.

3. Laser cut lampshade


These’s laser cut lampshades would make a great feature. We’re lucky enough to have a laser studio to try our laser cutting, if you’re feeling inspired, head over to our laser studio page.

Take a look at our Lampshape Making Pinterest board for some more inspiration.

Fancy giving lampshade making a try here are some kits, books and materials that will help you get on your way:

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The Makery - lampshade Kit


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White Coated Utility Ring - 150mm (6") diameter


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White Coated Lampshade Ring - 150mm (6") diameter


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Stick-It Self Adhesive P.V.C. 119cm wide


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Rico - Binder Clips 25 mm. Black 12 Pcs


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Crafters The Ultimate 118ml


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Double Sided Tape 12mm x 50mt


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Multi Purpose Scissors 16.5cm


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Faber Sparkle Pencil Neon Green



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