Introduction: DIY Moroccan Inspired Lampshade

I didn't know crafting lamp shade would be this much fun, even last week I had no plan of making one. but now I have tons of ideas for lamp shades! Anyways, I tried to make a different lamp shade this time. It turned out real sweet and gentle. This ible will show how to make a twinkling patterned lamp shade. I hope you enjoy making it. Have fun!

Step 1: Things You'll Need

To make this lamp shade you'll need:

1) Cardboard,
2) Scissor,
3) Pencil and ruler,
4) Styrofoam sheet,
5) Super glue and white glue,
6) Anything with a pointy edge,
7) Highlighters to decorate the shade,
8) Lighting system (wire, bulb, bulb holder and plug).

Step 2: Getting Started

Cut out a piece of cardboard and draw stripes with a pencil on it (these stripes are the folding lines).
Draw any kind of design between the stripes with a pencil.
Use something hard with a pointy edge to pop holes on the design.

Step 3: Designing

BE CAREFUL: Place a styrofoam sheet under the cardboard piece over a flat surface and then pop holes , otherwise you might pop your finger like I did!

Step 4: Light Up!

When you're done with popping the holes, use highlighters to outline over the design. The colors of the highlighters (a small area around the hole) will sparkle when the lamp light is on, which looks beautiful. You can use other techniques for color reflection, I couldn't come up with anything else.

Set the light fitting and place the over it. Turn the lamp on in a dark room and see the magic! The more attractive design you make the more attractive the shade looks.
Make one now and Enjoy!
And if you like my ible please do vote for me in the Lamps and Lighting Contest!

Comments

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imaan_sykes (author)2015-08-23

This is absoloutely amazing !!!

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haydee.hidalgo.98 (author)2014-11-23

LOVE THIS!

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beatrix aberto (author)2014-08-23

hi Muhaiminah Faiz i like the lamp shade you have made .i want to buy this .if you plz let me know will you make one for me .thanks you in advance .looking forward for your reply

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being human (author)2013-06-08

awsm..every lamp shade iz awsom..

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Thank you :)

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zeyanimisbah (author)2013-05-02

Awsome i'able :)

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Thank you :D

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786Ayesha (author)2013-04-24

hey!Congrats.. :D

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-04-23

Congratulations!!! you won :)

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Thank you Tarun! I'm really excited about it :D

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Oh you should be :).

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786Ayesha (author)2013-04-20

Conratulation in coming to the finalist.I hope your one will get the grand price as I really love this.Very creative,and looks very beautiful.All the best

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Thank you very much Ayesha! I hope so, but I'm really happy to be in the final :D

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lindarose92 (author)2013-04-19

Yaaay you are a finalist! I knew it! :D Congratulations!!

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Thank you Linda! being a finalist is worth it,because I popped my finger while making this lampshade!

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I am sorry for your finger, believe me, I know what you mean! :)

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shazni (author)2013-04-19

Congratulations in coming to the finalist! Hope you win :-)

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)shazni2013-04-19

Thanks! I'm confused about the winning, cause there are 18 finalists and 18 winning positions! :o

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marcellahella (author)2013-04-04

it look soooo cool and elegant!

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Thank you! start making one, you'll love to have one in your room :)

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nkawser (author)2013-03-25

Beautifully done!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)nkawser2013-03-26

Thanks nkawser!

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Yashfa Zafar (author)2013-03-22

This lampshade is very cool!

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Thank you Yashfa!

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Janyce12 (author)2013-03-20

I love this! I am already going through designs in my head. So simple (and cheap!). Thanks! :)

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)Janyce122013-03-20

Thank you very much Janyce! I try to make simple and cheap ibles, upload a photo of your lamp when you're done :)

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carmatic (author)2013-03-18

I do not understand what do you mean by the lamp reflecting the colours of the highlighters, from your pictures it seems that the highlighters are on the outside and so the light on the inside will not shine on it
For reflecting colours, I think that it can be achieved by colouring the entire inner surface , at the very least
If you get some coloured transparent or reflective material, such as gift wrapping, and also you use strings and sticks to make a simple 'scaffold' on the inside and carefully place the gift wrapping, it would create the most complicated patterns of colours that you can see from the outside through the holes

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)carmatic2013-03-19

Check out this picture, I hope you can see the colors.

done.jpg
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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)carmatic2013-03-19

My camera couldn't capture the real color reflection, if I could show you (for real) I think you'd understand. I know there are many other ways for reflecting colors but this was the easiest. The colors of the highlighters truly sparkle when the light of the lamp is on, only a few area around the holes but it looks really nice. I'm not very good in explaining but I hope you understand or you can make one and see how it actually works. Thank you for reading my ible.

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-03-11

OMG... you are addicted ;), very cool. I always wanted to make a Moroccan style lamp and looks like you just made one and inspired me. Keep it up.

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wow! thanks... I can't believe that I just inspired a lampshade expert!

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ha ha, I am no expert Mam, I am just love lights. My version of moroccan lamp could have been made of metal but I like your idea to satisfy my appetite ;). Take care of your finger.

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Well, you seem like an expert to me sir. I try to make things as simply as possible and with easy materials, but please do post a tutorial of moroccan lamp. Finger is taken care of, thanks.

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Well...Thank you. I do believe in 'beauty in simplicity'. I am working on gathering the required material and then I will surely make one and post as iBle.

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you're welcome! best of luck :)

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sabu.dawdy (author)2013-03-12

i loveeeeeeeeeeeee this

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Thank you so much sabu.dawdy!

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shazni (author)2013-03-12

This is beautiful! so like tin punching only on cardboard :-)

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)shazni2013-03-12

Thank you shazni! way easier to punch cardboard rather than tin and fun too.

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Angel Judy (author)2013-03-12

This is too cute!

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Isn't it! Thanks jchowdhury!

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picturesofsilver (author)2013-03-11

Wow! I love this lampshade what a cool idea! Thanks so much for the beautiful idea :)
Jan

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Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it.

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786Ayesha (author)2013-03-11

Beautiful.love your idea.

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Thanks Ayesha!

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sunshiine (author)2013-03-11

Very pretty! thanks for sharing!
sunshiine

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No problem!

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atehzab (author)2013-03-11

Simply beautiful. need 1 in my room!

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)atehzab2013-03-11

Thank you atehzab! make 1 now.

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