How to Make a DIY Lamp Shade

The décor you use in your home is a true illustration of your personality. The paintings, colors, and the accessories you use in your household can bring out your character in and style in its purest form. However, sometimes it may be difficult to tap into your own creativity without spending a fortune purchasing the things you might need. Then comes the old maxim, necessity is the mother of invention. By following simple Do It Yourself procedures, you can use simple materials and props you might find around the house or get for very cheap prices to create useful products.

One thing that is necessary for every household and every room is a lampstand since we all need light to go about our endeavors in the nighttime or when the sun’s light doesn’t suffice. It may be somewhat difficult to find a lampstand that matches perfectly with the color scheme you’ve used for the rest of the room. Applying a personalized touch to the stand will give it a more aesthetic look and offers an alternative on how to get the corresponding ornamentation with the rest of the surroundings. Here are some of the things you could do to make sure you have the best-looking DIY Lamp Shades.

Origami-Inspired Paper Lampshade

Paper is one of the most flexible and durable materials you will find as long as it is not wetted. Couple this with the fact that the paper comes in different colors and patterns, and you have a product you can use to make anything. Origami-inspired lampshades are some of the easiest to make, and some consider them the most fun because of the endless possibilities you have in the designs to use. Of course, the difficulty you will encounter will depend on the specific design you want to have. It is recommended that you use wallpaper instead of regular paper, to create a firmer and more durable structure.

Wood-like paper

Wood adds a rustic feel to the room. However, it may be a trifle expensive to find the needed type of timber. The most sought out type of wood is hardwood, and not only is it expensive, but its excessive demand and consumption have led to an increase in deforestation activities all over the world, posing a considerable problem to the world’s forest reserves. Using contact paper  to trick the eye and try to imitate the texture associated with wood is an excellent way to try and go about this problem. You can even use it to upgrade and old lampstand instead of throwing it away. It is also a viable option when you want to decorate the base.

The Woven basket

The upside of making a DIY lampstand is that you can use everyday items lying around the house. Take for example, a woven basket lampstand. All that is required is in the name, a woven basket. What you are required to do is cut off a small square shape at the base of the basket to allow for the socket to pass through. That’s all you need to do.

Twine texture

Another reasonably simple DIY procedure you can use is the twine-texture lampstand. What you need for this one is some rolls of sisal rope, two should suffice but this will depend on the size of the lampshade, itself, a hot glue gun, and some hot glue sticks. You need to unwind the rope and let it air out outside for a couple of days because sisal ropes tend to have a strong smell. Luckily, this smell wears out naturally after some time. Once you’ve done this, wrap the rope around the lampshade, while using the glue gun to apply the glue for the rope to remain attached through every revolution.

Lights and the camera

Your house may be running out of space for you to hang your pictures, or maybe you are just looking for a place to display the moment you hold dear to your life. An excellent place to attach your photographs is on the lampshade. This way, you can create a collage of all the best memories you’ve shared with your loved ones. There are two routes you can take in this procedure. You can use pictures or slides. Either way, you will be able to create an accessory that contributes to the general theme of the house. For example, you could print out baby pictures and attach them to the nightstand in the nursery.

Metal mosaic

It very probable that you’ve seen this type of lampstand somewhere. The metallic lampstand is popular due to the elegance and chicness it adds to the immediate environment. Plus, such lampstands work perfectly in tandem with Edison light bulbs. What you might not know is that you can create a geometric metal stand without even using metal. That’s right. Again, through the deception of the eyes, you can use wood screws to create this masterpiece. All you need to do is apply a coat of metallic paint over the wood once you are done assembling it. It is also quite an easy piece to put together.

Faux plants

If you are looking for a truly unique lampstand, using faux green plants is probably the best way to go. This method offers a plethora of possibilities. You can use different lampshade shapes and the colors of the plant. However, it is always important to consider practicality when doing this, and therefore you must find an equilibrium between beauty and creativity.

The accordion

Accordion folds inspire the best DIY designs. They invoke a strong metallic essence in the room while also adding symmetry and charm to the environment. Acquiring the real-deal accordion folds and using them for such a project is quite a hustle. Still, you can also use flexible and straightforward materials like aluminum paper that are more readily available.

When it comes to DIY lampstands, there are so many options, and in the end, it might be your creativity that limits you. Try them today, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the effects they will have on your home.

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