# Easy and Affordable Sconce Cover

This is a very affordable means to hide ugly wall fixtures without causing any damage to the wall itself. Ideal if you are renting a place and on a budget or just like playing with cardboard.
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## Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need:
a piece of cardboard in decent condition
a photograph or decorative paper
measuring tape
double-sided tape
good razor
straight edge for cutting
cutting surface
a level (optional)
4 pushpins

## Step 2: Identify Offending Fixture

Ugly sconces are a bummer. Especially if there is little you can do about it.

## Step 3: Take Measurements

Record the width, depth and height of the fixture.

## Step 4: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Before you start slicing and dicing figure out how you are going to cut the cardboard.
To get the overall width that the piece will need to be do this equation:
(sconce width + 2") + (2 x sconce depth + 4")
The height of the cardboard piece should be at least as tall as the light fixture.

If you are using a cardboard box cut along the edges to get a long, flat piece. Using your tape measure and T-square or triangle map out the dimensions with pencil. Try to keep it straight.
Using your cutting edge (preferably metal), razor and cutting surface slice along the pencil marks getting rid of excess cardboard.

## Step 5: Making The Sides

With the correct side facing up measure 1" in on the sides and mark with pencil. Create a crease along that 1" border by holding the straight edge in place at the pencil marks and fold the cardboard over it.
From the new crease measure the needed depth (sconce depth + 2") and repeat folding technique.
The sides are done!
boocat says: 6 years ago
This is neat. Gave me the idea of mounting an old conical asian gardening hat over an appalling ceiling fixture!
dayle2 says: 6 years ago
Question...how would/could one attach it to a concrete wall?
Rock Candie (author) in reply to dayle26 years ago
It would have to be redesigned to attach it to the sconce itself or suspend it from the ceiling. Does the sconce have any metal surfaces that would allow for the use of magnets? Depending on the light maybe you could use chopsticks as a stretcher to hang the cover off of the sconce. Send me a picture of your light so that I can brainstorm. Also, I made other sconce covers with chicken wire, decorative paper and chopsticks. These were lighter and more malleable in shape. The hang directly off of the sconce itself. I'll send you a picture if you are interested. barbiezeldis@gmail.com
Liquidhypnotic says: 6 years ago
Dig it. Considering that it's made from regular old corrugated cardboard, I'm a little surprised at how good it looks. Experimenting with different types of translucent materials might be fun; it'd probably be pretty easy to use colored paper or cellophane scraps to get a cheap and easy stained-glass look. Or do them all up with one representative issue/strip of your favorite webcomics and scatter them about. Or here's an idea for a mod: you could probably add a little holder just on the inside of the frame so that you could easily change the pictures by sliding them out. Maybe one week/month you're in an impressionistic mood, or some other time maybe you're about abstract expressionism, etc. Very cool project.
Rowen27 says: 6 years ago
neat! I'm telling my sister, she just spent \$10 per on pre-made ones from IKEA! Jen
hethlee says: 6 years ago
That is pretty sweet! What if you tucked the flaps on the outside (the ones tacked to the wall) and tuck them in. Would that work? I think it might look better. Otherwise sweet idea! I really like the silhouette one! Great recycle project.
trebuchet03 says: 6 years ago
Very cool! Bonus points for re-use of consumable materials :) I only have one sconce -- and it's in my bathroom :P But I love it anyway :)
jeffreyf says: 6 years ago
Excellent Instructable; one which I might just have to put to use in my apartment. But I do subscribe to the measure once, cut two or three times with swear word interstitials philosophy, so I might have to deviate from your instructions.
Rock Candie (author) in reply to jeffreyf6 years ago
Thanks. This is my first entry and I am loving the feedback!
vatosupreme says: 6 years ago
I like this concept, but putting cardboard that close to an incandescent lamp is just asking for a fire. Use fluorescent bulbs instead.
Rock Candie (author) in reply to vatosupreme6 years ago
Totally. Both of these sconces have CFLs and I left a wide gap.