This DIY was part of the $100 Room Challenge I did last September where I had to makeover my master bedroom in one month for no more than $100. And I did it for only $87! You can follow these links to get a recap :
The best part is that I already had all the material to make the lampshade. When you have only $100 to makeover a whole room, it’s convenient!
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Required materials for making your ceiling light shade
How to start
First of all, the ceiling lampshade that I made has 2 pieces. The top part has an 18″ diameter and is 12″ high and the bottom part as 14″ in diameter x 6″ high.
If your bamboo strips are not long enough to make the size you want, you can use two strips. You’ll see that this DIY is made of a lot of “glue and wait”. Unless you have a ton of clothespins!!!
So first, I made two circles of the same size by glueing the end of a bamboo strip together like this. I use the wood glue for this but the super glue can also work.
Then I cut 3 or 4 pieces of bamboo exactly the height that I wanted for the bottom of the shade. Glue one end of the pieces of bamboo to one circle and the other end to the other one, forming a cylinder.
After, I cut different lengths of bamboo and glued them.
There’s really no exact recipe for this! You just continue until you’re satisfied (or tired!!)
For the top part, I drew an 18″ circle on a big sheet of paper to help guide me. Then, I placed 3 strips of bamboo so that they evenly cross each other like this:
You see, I had this rod and washer that I planned to use to fasten the new shade (see the arrow).
Here’s the same washer. I wanted to make sure the rod would go through the whole I was making with the three bamboo strips.
Then, I glued the 3 strips together.
Now, I made another ring of bamboo and made sure it fits inside the bottom ring. I decided to do it that way so that we don’t see the braces from the outside of the lampshade. This is where I used my punch to make holes and fasten the small braces with brads as shown in the image below. I added super glue to the brads to make sure it didn’t come off.
When making the holes, I had to make sure I was making them aligned with the 3 bamboo strips I had glued together previously. Since the bamboo strips are flexible, it’s better to have drawn a circle on a paper to use as a guide and make sure the hole stays in the middle.
I didn’t glue the brads to the 3 pieces of bamboo right away, and you’ll see why later.
When everything was attached, I cut the excess of the bamboo strips.
The next steps for the top part are the same as for the bottom part.
Finally, I inserted the 3 bamboo strips in the bottom part like that (that’s why I didn’t glue them right away).
The only thing left to do was to screw the washer with the nut until the lampshade touched the ceiling.
And voilà, a new and free lampshade.
I can’t say it wasn’t a long process and I made a lot of mistakes along the way. Hopefully, this tutorial will help you if you decide to try it! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!
And please, don’t forget to pin it!
You can also use this handy Free printable to make your projet:
- Punch or drill (I have this one and it works sooo well!)
Bottom of the shade (6" high x 14" diameter)
- Make two circles of the same size by gluing the end of a bamboo strip together and use the clothespins to hold them in place until the glue dries.
- Cut 3 or 4 pieces of bamboo exactly the height that you want for the bottom of the shade (mine is 6" high). Glue one end of the pieces of bamboo to one circle and the other end to the other one, forming a cylinder.
- Cut different lengths of bamboo and glue them to the cylinder randomly. Continue until you're satisfied!
Top of the shade (12" high x 18" diameter)
- Draw an 18" circle on a big sheet of paper. Place 3 strips of bamboo so that they evenly cross each other.
- Make sure the rod of the lamp can go through the hole created by the 3 strips. Glue the strips together.
- Make an 18" diameter ring and make holes where the 3 strips cross the ring. Add the braces and secure them with brads and Super Glue.
- Make the holes on the 3 pieces of bamboo and secure them to the braces with brads. DO NOT add Super Glue right away!
- Make another 18" ring and follow the same steps as the bottom of the shade.
- Remove the brads that weren't glued and insert the 3 bamboo strips in the bottom part. Replace the brads and this time, add glue. Insert the new shade into the existing rod and screw the washer with the nut until the lampshade touches the ceiling.
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