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Introduction: DIY Rustic Lampshade Made of Yarn

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This lampshade is easy to make and looks rustic and unique! You only need a few things to create your own lampshade.

  • An old lampshade
  • Yarn of any type or thickness
  • 2-3 bottles of school glue or tacky glue
  • 2 cups of water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wire cutters, Needle-nose pliers and wire (optional, as needed in order to attach the lamp shade to the base)
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch (this is optional, so don''t have it on hand)
  • Large bowl & whisk or spoon
  • disposable gloves (optional, but highly recommended)
First, lay out a towel on the ground or at your work area (or newspapers). Take out the plastic wrap and cut off a piece to wrap around the lampshade. Once fully around it, you may want to go to the inside of it to add a few pieces of tape here and there to secure it to the lampshade. Once the plastic wrap is securely on the lampshade, we''ll want to add that in last and use a whisk to mix it up so there aren''t matter if you cut them out longer or a bit shorter) - you can decide that as you go along. If too long, the pieces tend to form knots. You don''ve wrapped it with, you will then need to let it dry!

I hung mine up with a long piece of yarn and allowed it to dry in my house - it took 24 full hours for it to be 100% dry and solid. Once it is dry, you''ll need to determine how to reattach it to the base of your lamp. This really depends on the lamp you have and the style of the base. With mine, you can see in the photos how I used pieces of wire to reattach it. I tried to keep it to a minimum and not make it too noticeable and I like how it turned out. Needlenose pliers work really well for bending the wires easily.

If you have any questions, please ask! :) Please vote if you like it! Thanks!

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I did a similar project about a year ago using paper mache for glue ( one part flour, one part water). That might be easier than using glue, water, and cornstarch.


6 years ago

This is so cool, but I''m still using it - still going strong! The bulb won''t worry. You just need to be sure the strands are stable so they don''ve been doing more tagging to be more specific in the photos. I will fix this one when i have time to be more detailed!


7 years ago on Introduction

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for j''m going to try using cardboard to make a square shade to make some new shades for old lamps ;) Now I need to start unpacking my yard and threads to see what I can come up with :D


Lovely. Beautiful texture to add to a sleek living room. Your i''t seem so necessary - but I saw that others had used it and recommended it. Either way is fine! Yours looks awesome!!! I love the color!!!

Tarun Upadhyaya

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Thank Holly :). I did realize later that you have used some wires to hang the bulb, I think using starch has given the lamp some extra strength to bear the wire tension so that makes much sense now.


Reply 7 for 1 last update 04 Aug 2020 years ago on Introduction Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Thanks Tarun - maybe you're right - I did it for 1 last update 2020/08/04 just in case! :) I love your lamps by the way!Thanks Tarun - maybe you're right - I did it just in case! :) I love your lamps by the way!


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 7 years ago on Introduction

Super cool!! Looks so good with the light on.