Introduction: DIY Twig Lampshade

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This might sound a bit funny, but the idea of making this lamp came from my.... dream! :p So, I decided to make my dream come true. This ible will show you how to make lamp shades from small tree logs. It's very easy to make, cheap too.

Step 1: Materials Needed

To make these lamp shades you'll need:

1) Twigs,
2) Super glue and white glue,
3) X-acto knife,
4) Scissor,
5) Cardboard,
6) Lighting system.

Step 2: Preparing the Twigs

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Collect twigs as many as you can and it's better if there of the same size.
Cut all the twigs equally by using an x-acto knife.
Use a marker to mark the length,
Cut half way through the twig,
Then use your fingers to create pressure on it and the twigs will break easily.

Step 3: Making the Lamp

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To make the lamp you'll need cardboard, plug, wire, bulb holder and bulb.

Connect the wire with the plug and the bulb holder, test if it works.

The base:
Cut 4 pieces of cardboard smaller than the shade because the shade's suppose to cover the lamp.
I've numbered the cardboard pieces for the base in the picture.
Place 1 at the bottom and glue 2,3 on the top of it.
Take the plug (along with the wire) through the 4th piece and then glue the 4th piece of cardboard with the rest.
You may place the base on something hard such as hardboard or wood. I used a small round shaped wooden piece to adjust the base.

Step 4: Making the Shade

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Making the shade was so easy!

Place 2 twigs as shown in the picture.
If you place the first 2 twigs vertically then you'll have to glue the next 2 twigs horizontally, then again vertically. Keep going up by gluing the twigs vertically and horizontally on the sides.
After you reach the height of the shade you want, cover the top with small sticks or twigs. There, done!
Place the shade over the lamp.
This lamp looks great with any kind of lights but I liked it with the usual yellow light bulb.


rosalynn28 (author)2015-04-11

this is so cool!!! please go on my instructable its called "twig pencils"

786Ayesha (author)2013-11-16

How did you photograph to get the effect and the red color ?Is the color the background of a wall or some thing?

I used a multi color light bulb, besides the wall was pink, for that reason the light effect seemed a bit reddish!

being human (author)2013-04-29

yeah raelu suprb ideas 4 home decore

Thanks! easy too :)

i dnt visit ur all instructabls yet..just visit 3 4 n wana make them 1st

yup..i"ll definatly thiz tym i m making wal art of leave shapes so aftr dat i"ll try thz one..

being human (author)2013-04-29

yeah realy suprb ideas 4 home decore

jadi1 (author)2013-04-16

Hey, I've finished my branch lamp version,, LOL
But the reflection of the lamp light isn't as beautiful as yours
What kind of lamp you used??

This is my version hahhaha

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)jadi12013-04-17

Love the design of the lampshade you made, it's really nice.
The usual round light bulb creates a beautiful light effect with this lampshade. Let me know if it worked, I'm sure your lampshade would create way cooler effect than mines :)

aliaghoul (author)2013-04-03

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Thanks for crafting pure awesomeness!
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Thank you for informing me Alia! I'm soooo happy to know that, I'm following mom's basement & will keep in touch :) thanks again!

atehzab (author)2013-03-13

These are very beautiful and so easy to make. I'm not a good crafter but I think I can make the square lampshade.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)atehzab2013-03-16

Thank you so much! I'm sure you can make it, best of luck!

atehzab (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2013-03-30

collected the materials, going to make one very soon. thanks!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)atehzab2013-03-31

great! can't wait to see :)

HolyTracker (author)2013-03-27

Voted! Amazing and ultra easy. Thanks!

Thank you for voting! I'm glad you like it :)

Yashfa Zafar (author)2013-03-16

I like the square and tree shades. nice.

Thank you very much Yashfa!

you are welcome!

786Ayesha (author)2013-03-14

Ahhhh... your ideas are awesome.They are so simple ,easy, and beautiful.I thought I am the only one who is talking about instructables to all,Nothing is functioning in my house other than ibles.Sooner or later some body is going to say shut up to me too.

Thank you so much Ayesha! thank goodness shazni made us aware of that! now I'll think twice and observe the persons mood before talking about instructables. :)

egreene2 (author)2013-03-14

lost my words! who knew lamps could be this beautiful, pretty, amazing..... i can go on and on about these darlings!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)egreene22013-03-14

lost my words too! don't know how to thank you!

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-03-14

i loveeeeeeeeeeeee it

Thanks! :)

shazni (author)2013-03-13

Ahhh...the instructable bug has invaded your dreams ...Hahaaa....been there too :-D as I'm sure that many have...I was even talking instructables to everyone who came till I was finally told to shut up :-D ...Now I try and control my instructable mania...else I'll drive others mad!
This is by far my favorite lampshade from all that you have done...good job!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)shazni2013-03-13

Pretty much! thank goodness I'm not the only one. I keep telling my family and friends about instructables, my mom already started calling me crazy! I guess I should stop before my friends tell me to shut up! But still, I'm soooooooo glad I found this website.
Thank you!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-03-13

Lighting is so much fun...the creative juices just don't wanna stop :). Very cool, I especially like the tree :).

And I didn't know about that even few days ago! where was I? glad you liked it!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-03-13

Very fun!

Yap, especially making the square lamp shade was too much fun!

porcupinemamma (author)2013-03-13

I really like them! You are brillllllllllliant!!! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

Thank you so much! no problem :)

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Bio: Hey, I'm Muhaimina! A crazy craft addict! Obsessed with swirls and polka dots... Love green craft and rustic home decors... and Instructables is pretty ... More »
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