Introduction: DIY Rustic Twig Lampshade

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This lampshade is quite similar to the lampshade I've made last year. But the making technique is a little different and the light effect is different as well. I love rustic, vintage crafts and couldn't wait to make this shade as soon as the idea popped into my head :)

Check out the ible to find out how I made this rustic lampshade.

Step 1: Materials Needed

To make this lampshade you'll need:

  1. Dry tree branches, sticks or twigs,
  2. X-acto knife,
  3. Scissor,
  4. Glue,
  5. Cardboard,
  6. Lighting system.

Step 2: Preparing the Twigs

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Collect as many dry tree branches, sticks or twigs as you can.

To make this lampshade it's better if the twigs are of the same size or relatively of the same size. You'll also need to cut all the twigs equally.

Use a marker to mark the length,

Use x-acto knife to cut half way through the twig,

Then use your fingers to create pressure on the cut and the log will break easily.

Step 3: Making Twig Frames

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Now that we have all the twigs ready it's time to make the frames.

For each frame we'll need to use 4 twigs,

Place two logs in parallel as shown in the first picture of this step,

If you place the first two logs vertically then you'll have to glue the next 2 logs horizontally to complete the frame.

After gluing the twigs allow the glue to dry.

Now, similarly make more frames. The number of frame depends on the required length of the lampshade. I wanted to make an 20 cm tall lampshade and I had to make 10 twig frames to reach that length.

Step 4: Joining the Frames

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After the glue is completely dry and the frames are sturdy enough you can make the shade.

Place a frame on a flat surface,

Take another frame and place it over the first frame by rotating it to 90 degrees with the frame below it. Check if it fits nicely and keep rotating to find the perfect fit,

Now apply glue on the parts where both frames join,

Similarly glue other frames. Every time you place or glue a frame make sure to rotate it to 90 with the frame below it.

Step 5: Covering the Top

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To cover the top you'll need to make more frames, but this time the frames should be smaller than the main frames.

For the top, each frame should be smaller than each other,

After making the small frames for the top join them like the main shade, by rotating each frame to 90 degrees with the frame below it.

After making the top cover allow the glue to dry,

Then place it on the top of the shade, find the perfect fit and simply glue it on the top.

When the frame is complete allow the glue to dry and most importantly use fire retardant spray for safety.

Step 6: Lighting System

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For the light fitting you'll need cardboard, plug, wire, bulb holder and bulb.

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

Keep in mind, don't use more than 40 watt.

For the base:

I used cardboard to make the base.

You'll need 6 pieces of cardboard. 2 squares pieces of equal size, they should be at least an inch larger than the twig frame and 4 cardboard strips to cover the sides.

Glue the cardboard strips around any one of the square cardboard pieces.

Now place the light fitting right on the middle of the square cardboard,

Make a square hole on the other square cardboard piece and place it over the light fitting, as the light fitting will go through the square hole.

Simply place the shade on the cardboard base and light it up.

Comments

DIYcheerleader (author)2017-08-28

This is really cute!!

RaqibulR made it! (author)2015-06-06

I did it..and hang it in drawing room

tominjose (author)2014-07-27

Girl you are awesome!! keep going...

hunter999 (author)2014-07-06

Very nice Muhaiminah, ingenious! The shade it creates looks great :-)

hunter999 (author)hunter9992014-07-06

Voted also :-p

hunter999 (author)hunter9992014-07-06

Voted also :-p

nanaof2 (author)2014-06-27

I will be making these for our cabin. Thank you for sharing. Wonderful idea

jsoenksen (author)2014-06-26

Awesome idea, very cheap, quick and easy!

The shade looks nice. Keep in mind not to use more than 40 watt for the bulb.

martbkr (author)2014-06-22

quality I love making the beautiful from the obscure and this hit the nail on the head lovely piece

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)martbkr2014-06-22

Thanks a bunch! making from the obscure sure is fun :)

bergerab (author)2014-06-19

Wow! I love the shadow it casts on the wall. This project would look great in any cabin. Thanks for sharing!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)bergerab2014-06-21

Thanks! yes, the effect sure creates a magical atmosphere!

doodlecraft (author)2014-06-19

What a fun effect! Nice work and simple enough for anyone to try! Awesome! :)

Thanks so much Natalie! glad to know you like the effect ^_^

Ahmedqatar (author)2014-06-20

Looks really cool!

shazni (author)2014-06-18

Lovely effect! voted :-)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)shazni2014-06-18

Thank you so much shazni ^_^

Abigail02 (author)2014-06-18

Very pretty!! I love the rustic look!!

Thanks Abigail! I love the rustic look too :)

iobee (author)2014-06-18

awesome , thanks for share this :)

M3G (author)2014-06-18

Beautiful lamp!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)M3G2014-06-18

Thanks!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-06-18

Oh I love it :). I loved how you adjusted the twigs to form a dome shape. Very cool :)

Thanks Tarun! very glad to know ^_^

HollyMann (author)2014-06-18

This is awesome - very cool effects!

Thanks so much Holly!

Passion Make (author)2014-06-18

The light effect you have got is amazing :)

Thank you! the light effect is always a surprise :)

lindarose92 (author)2014-06-18

I missed your lamps Muhaiminah! This is fabulous! :)

Thanks Linda! waiting to see yours :)

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