This beautifully detailed DIY pendant lampshade can cheer up any corner of your home in a snap. And the best part? They’re completely customizable, so you can design them to perfectly coordinate with your interior design style and decor! Check out how this unique statement lampshade comes together on a budget, using items you may already have.
- Yarn in different colours and textures of your choice
- Fibre wool yarn roving in different colours of your choice
- Any old woven basket
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Light kit
Step One: Yarn Designs
Start by making the tassels that’ll decorate the bulk of your lampshade with different colours of yarn. If you’ve never made your own tassels, here’s how: Grab your yarn and wrap it around your hand about 20 times. With a second piece of yarn, about 2 inches long, make a loop around the bundle wrapped around your hand and tie it off. Cut the ends of the bundle and voila, an easy tassel!
More Yarn Design Ideas:
Braids: Create using the same yarn or mixing and matching colours and textures.
Twist: Cut different strands of yarn and twist them together, knotting the ends securely.
Knots: Create big knots using the roving — these will be glued directly onto the basket so make them as tight or as loose as you’d like them to appear on the finished lampshade.
Step Two: Assemble The Base
Now, turn on your hot glue gun. As it heats up, turn your woven basket upside down. Remove the handles with scissors, being careful not to cut the basket itself and potentially unraveling its weave. With your hot glue gun, start attaching your yarn designs to the basket one by one.
TIP: The key to achieving a pretty, eclectic look is to alternate between the different yarn designs you’ve made around the basket until its fully covered (or as covered as you’d like it to be). Have fun and be creative in this step!
Step Three: Plug In The Light Cord
Grab your drill and carefully open a hole through the exact center top of the basket and pass through the light kit. Depending where you’ll place your light fixture, calculate the length of the wire and install. Et voila! It really is that easy to craft your own DIY lampshade.
Images Courtesy of Maca Atencio