How To Create Artistic Lampshades

Spice up the interior of your house by adding artistic lampshades, be it in your living room, dining room, or bedroom. The best part is you do not even need to buy a new one, because you can make one yourself using affordable materials and you can reuse your old lampshade. The ones you see available in the market with beadwork and embellishments can be very expensive. But there is no need to shed too much cash to create one of a kind lighting for your home.

Here is the list of materials you will need as well as the instructions on how to create your very own artistic lampshade.


  • Old lampshade
  • Any fabric you want to use to cover the old lampshade. One yard should be enough for a regular lampshade. Get extra yardage if you want to be sure and have some back-up just in case.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Fabric paint and paint brush
  • Beads, ribbons, artificial flowers, and other trimmings
  • Stencils
  • Glue


  • Create a pattern for the lampshade. Get the fabric and spread it flat on a table. Place the old lampshade (sideways) on top of the fabric and copy the shape by rolling the lampshade across the fabric. Make sure you cover the entire loop. This would create the pattern for your new lampshade cover. Use the pencil to mark the shape.
  • Cut. Cut the pattern you have just drawn. Remember to place at least 1 inch allowance on the ends. This extra fabric will be used to secure the fabric to the lampshade skeleton later on.
  • Replace the old with the new. Remove the fabric of the old lampshade and put the fabric you have just cut in place around the lampshade skeleton. Cut small stubs on the ends of the fabric. Secure the fabric by carefully sticking the stubs around the skeleton using glue. Let the glue dry.
  • Design. If you used a printed fabric, you may opt to leave the lampshade as is. Or if you want to make it more artistic and personalized, use different trimmings to decorate it.
  • Design it with paint. If you are working with a plain colored fabric, you can try painting on the lampshade. You can use stencils to create a pattern. Simply place the stencil on top of the lampshade, then, dab the brush with paint on top of the stencil gaps.
  • Design it with beads. You may also create a glam lampshade by sewing beads on the bottom part of the lampshade. Place about 4 beads on a string and sew it on the hem. Do this repeatedly to cover the base of your lampshade. Put at least ½ inch gap between the string of beads before you sew it on.
  • Make it floral. Another way to add zest to your new lampshade is to cover a portion of it with different kinds and sizes of artificial or dried flowers. This is perfect for the girl’s bedroom.

Be creative and explore other possibilities with your new lighting fixture. It is a very easy project you can do at home during your spare time. You can also do this as an art activity with your kids.


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