Unfortunately, thanks to the fact that Ikea sells the light cords and the light shades separately, we somehow managed to buy too few lampshades.
So for a month we had a raw lightbulb hanging from our bedroom ceiling. I tried to convince my wife it was 'Industrial Chic' but she saw through my charade.
So, for Valentines day, I built her a custom, designer lampshade.
Step 1: Supplies and Tools
Here's what you need:
- Thick paper
- Sharp craft knife ($1)
- Glue Stick ($1)
- A little bit of scotch tape
- Pliers to work with, and cut the wire
- 20 guage wire (about $3 for 6 m. at Home Depot)
- A craft board to cut the paper on
- A cork-backed ruler is essential if you can't cut a straight line
- A plumbing fixture (see pictures) - You may be able to find something different for this piece.
Notes about supplies:
- I bought a medium-thickness Japanese paper from an art store. I cost about $3 for an 11" by 14" sheet. Thin paper won't work, think 'construction paper' type thickness to be safe.
- I used a plumbing fixture to hang the lampshade off of. I had a few different ideas, but this was the easiest. They cost less than $1 at home depot and are designed to attach to the wall or floor around pipes in your bathroom (toilet water pipes). It conveniently opens and closes via a pivoting rivet at one end and the opening happens to be perfect for sitting on top of the Ikea light fixture.
- Re: Lightbulbs. You do NOT want to use a traditional incandescent with this light shade; at least, no over about 40 watts. I started with a 100 watt incandescent, just because that was what was here already, and the paper was getting hot to the touch within a minute or two. I quickly switched to a 60 watt fluorescent and everything is nice and cool even when the light has been on for a long time. I plan to put a hight wattage LED in here shortly since this is also my Tinker/Maker workspace and I want a little more light.