Introduction: Cityscape Lampshade and Paint Can Light Art

About: My sister and I like to make things! And even more than making things, we like to share our creations! We want to create beautiful and compelling content that really helps people to get what they need!

Here we are going to make a cool looking lampshade/tin light. It is a step towards getting rid of those boring lamps in your house and replacing them with a design of your favorite city, video game logo or whatever!


For tin:

  • Paint Can
  • Drillpress OR a Hammer and Nail

For lampshade:

  • Lampshade
  • Paint (if your shade is white)
  • Needle, pin, or nail
  • Thimble (necessary if you want to protect your fingers but if your fingers are made out of steel, you're all covered)

Step 1: Prepping the Lampshade/Paint Can

  • Print off the silhouette you are going to use
  • Trim it down to size
  • Tape it to the lampshade/paint can

Step 2: Drill/Poke the Holes


  • Use a large needle or nail to poke holes along the outline of the design
  • A thimble comes in handy here!

Paint Can

  • Use a Drill press or Drill to make holes along the outline of the design
  • It is best to use a self starting bit so that it doesn't wander.

Adjust the distance between adjacent holes to make a different style silhouette. We used smaller holes to make the cityscape and larger holes for the stars.

Step 3: Stick a Light in It

Use a plug light with an extension cord or a light socket. Stick the shade on your favorite lamp and enjoy :D

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