Introduction: Pretty Up a Lamp Shade With Cutouts.

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This kind of gives a light show effect. Sorta, I mean, it's not exactly a Kanye style light show, but it does throw pretty patterns onto the wall and ceiling and it's dead easy to make.
I think I've covered the basics here, but if you get stuck (or you're looking for some other ideas on Dirt Cheap Decorating) go here

Step 1: Gather Your Stuff

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I used:
a Grundtal lamp base from Ikea
a Skimra lamp shade from Ikea
craft paper
scissor
a craft knife
tape
pencil

Step 2: Figure Out the Area You Have to Work With

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Draw 'round your lamp shade, to figure out it's surface area.

Step 3: Plot Out Then Cut Out Your Design

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Bear in mind that you won't be cutting out the whole outline of your design, just peeling up the edges.

Step 4: Pinch Out Your Edges

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Pop the template over the lamp shade and secure it with a bit of tape. Then peel and pinch out the edges of your design, this will let you see how it's going to look.

Step 5: Plot Out Then Cut Out Your Design... Again

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This time you'll be marking out your design onto the actual lampshade, using a pencil and your pre-cut outlines as a guide. Once that's done, carefully cut out your design using a craft knife.

Step 6: Pinch Out Yor Edges... Again

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This is slightly harder than it is with the paper template. Clean hands and patience come in useful here.
Also try folding your edges back a few degrees at a time rather than jamming them back all the way in one go.

Step 7: Your Lamp Is Complete!

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Once you've pinched out all your egdes your lamp is done!
It looks ok in daylight, but best when it's lit up in a dark room.

Comments

BarginsTech (author)2009-09-14

Would it be better or worse to cut out the entire thing? Or is it best to leave a bit of it like you have?

andyhuntdesigns (author)2008-06-28

Effective, simple, easy, cheap. These are 4 things I look or in an instructable. Great job!

skimboarder33 (author)2008-06-27

it does look nice but does it spin at all? mabe if you put a roter type thing on top of it horosontaly the rising heat might make it spin.

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