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If you want a unique and pretty lampshade that also doesn't break the bank, then you should gather up 2 sheets of your favorite paper and make this cute paper lampshade. It will dress up any room and give it an edgy, non-traditional look. Not bad considering it will take you only 10 minutes and the materials are probably already in your house. Ready, get set, go!

Materials - 2 pieces of pretty 12 x 12 paper (I found a big pack at Ross for $5); scissors ($2); clear tape ($1); clear Contact paper ($5.68); pencil ($0.50)

Time - 10 minutes

Note: For the base, I just used an ugly brass colored one that I already had. I spray painted it white with Krylon Fusion spray paint. 

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Step 1: Tape 2 pieces of pretty paper together on one side.

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Flip it around and tape the outside, so that you are reinforcing both sides of the paper. 

(FYI: When you are choosing the pieces of paper, hold them up to the light to see if you still like how they look.)
 
westfw5 years ago
You might want to consider some sort of fireproofing. I've seen or heard of several types of lamps failing in ways that emitted sparks...
mwehmeier westfw5 months ago

Totally agree with you. No above the bulb area should ever be completely enclosed. Heat build up and fire danger is high this way. Years ago I took a Paper Lampshade and painting class where they warned us relying on tapes of adhesives like the way this is enclosed is dangerous.

Love the idea, and it's great to start, but Lauren you would be safer to glue it to a lamp ring.

31diy (author)  westfw5 years ago
That's a good point. I would at least recommend that no one leave the light on when away from home. Also, make sure the bulb you're using does not exceed the maximum watts printed on the lamp base. That is a fire hazard regardless of the lampshade.
tinker2344 years ago
hey could i make a circle one and paint it like a planet
hey the method was quiet easy and i followed but i got stucked in one step. when the contact sheet z attaced to the paer sheet ,how we are going to attach this upper paper cylinder to the brass atand???plz ans.
31diy (author)  princess atiitude4 years ago
Hi! So glad you tried this! You need to make sure the lamp base has a harp on it. That way, the contact paper rests on the metal harp and doesn't touch the light bulb. I explain this in a bit better detail on my blog here: http://31diy.blogspot.com/2010/07/tutorial-how-to-make-unique-paper.html

Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions. ;)

Lauren