How to make a DIY lampshade


Let there be light! Freshen up an old lampshade with your own bespoke homemade design

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UPDATED:

09:13 GMT, 9 August 2012

Thrifty times call for thrifty measures, so start making, doing and mending by sprucing up old lampshades.

You will need: an unwanted lampshade (for best results use a plain white one), some newspaper, a pencil and ruler, some cotton fabric, an iron, fabric glue, clothes pegs and any optional embellishments (we're quite partial to a tassel and the odd bit of fringing here at FEMAIL).

Homemade heaven: A bespoke shade can liven up even the most boring of lamps

Homemade heaven: A bespoke shade can liven up even the most boring of lamps

LAMPSHADE-MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

Get crafty: Make sure you check what the fabric looks like with the lamp on before you begin

Get crafty: Make sure you check what the fabric looks like with the lamp on before you begin

1. With the lamp on, hold your new
fabric up to the old shade. Does it match your decor Do you like the
colour If the answer is yes, turn off the lamp and remove the shade.

2.
To make your template, lay a large piece of newspaper on a flat surface
and place the lampshade on top, on its side. Starting at the seam, roll
the lampshade across the paper using a pencil to follow the top edge.
Repeat for the bottom edge and join the two together using a ruler. Add a
1cm seam all the way around.

3.
Lay your fabric right-side down and put the template on top. Draw
around it, then cut it out. On one of the short sides, fold the fabric
over 1cm and iron to hold.

4.
Glue the unfolded short edge to the lampshade seam so 1cm of the fabric
sticks above the top and bottom edges of the shade. On a flat surface,
roll the lampshade across it, gluing the fabric as you go and quickly
smoothing creases.

5. Once dry, fold the top and bottom edges over and glue down: clothes pegs will keep it in place.

6. Coat the whole thing with a layer of fire retardant spray.