How to upgrade a ceiling light shade for free

Learn how I upgraded a ceiling light shade with things I already had at home. This is a low-cost solution to get rid of the boob light and replace it with a beautiful light fixture.

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 :

Master Bedroom makeover - Week 1

How it all started. The good, the bad and the ugly!

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Master Bedroom makeover - Week 2

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Master Bedroom makeover - Week 3

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Master bedroom makeover - week 4

It's reveal time!

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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!

Get inspiration from this colorfull master bedroom makeover reveal. The $100 Room challenge is a great time to show a lot of ideas on how to makeover a bedroom on a budget. See the before and after pictures and find out how simple DIY crafts projects, stencilling and a change in the layout of the room can make a difference! Yes, you can have a bed in front of a window. #makeover #bedroom #roomreveal #teal

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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!!!

Bottom part

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.

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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.

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After, I cut different lengths of bamboo and glued them.

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There’s really no exact recipe for this! You just continue until you’re satisfied (or tired!!)

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Top part

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:

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You see, I had this rod and washer that I planned to use to fasten the new shade (see the arrow).

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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.

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Then, I glued the 3 strips together.

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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.

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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.

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I didn’t glue the brads to the 3 pieces of bamboo right away, and you’ll see why later.

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When everything was attached, I cut the excess of the bamboo strips.

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The next steps for the top part are the same as for the bottom part.

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Final assembly

Finally, I inserted the 3 bamboo strips in the bottom part like that (that’s why I didn’t glue them right away).

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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.

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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!

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You can also use this handy Free printable to make your projet:

How to upgrade a ceiling lamp shade

How to upgrade a ceiling lamp shade

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: 10$

Learn how I upgraded a ceiling light shade with things I already had at home. This is a low-cost solution to get rid of the boob light and replace it by a beautiful light fixture.

Instructions

Bottom of the shade (6" high x 14" diameter)

  1. Make two circles of the same size by gluing the end of a bamboo strip together
  2. Use the clothespins to hold them in place until the glue dries
  3. Cut 3 or 4 pieces of bamboo exactly the height that you want for the bottom of the shade (mine is 6" high).
  4. Glue one end of the pieces of bamboo to one circle and the other end to the other one, forming a cylinder.
  5. Cut different lengths of bamboo and glue them to the cylinder randomly
  6. Continue until you're satisfied!

Top of the shade (12" high x 18" diameter)

  1. Draw an 18" circle on a big sheet of paper
  2. Place 3 strips of bamboo so that they evenly cross each other
  3. Make sure the rod of the lamp can go through the hole created by the 3 strips
  4. Glue the strips together
  5. Make an 18" diameter ring and make holes where the 3 strips crosses the ring
  6. Add the braces and secure them with brads and Super Glue
  7. Make the holes on the 3 pieces of bamboo and secure them to the braces with brads. DO NOT add Super Glue right away!
  8. Make another 18" ring and follow the same steps as the bottom of the shade

Final assembly

  1. Remove the brads that weren't glued and insert the 3 bamboo strips in the bottom part
  2. Replace the brads and this time, add glue
  3. Insert the new shade into the existing rod and screw the washer with the nut until the lampshade touches the ceiling

Notes

If you have any question, feel free to head to my Facebook group and ask! I'm always there to help you!

12 thoughts on “How to upgrade a ceiling light shade for free

  1. Wow, such a great idea! You’re one of my features today at the Sew It Cook It Craft It link party!

  2. I love this shade Natalie. Did you buy an actual shade and take it apart? I clicked on your bamboo shade link and it pulled up window shades and I am not sure what you used. I love it and thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. You are one of this weekend features. Thank you for sharing and please let me know about the shade. Thank you!

  3. OMG- this is so cool! I love stuff like this! Any way to DIY lighting, I am in:)Thanks for the idea. Saw your post at the beautifully made party!

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I know, I love finding way to DIY lights. They are so expansive!

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