Super Easy Clear Adhesive Lamp Shade

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Introduction: Super Easy Clear Adhesive Lamp Shade

This project is super easy, fast and cheap to do. All you need is roll of adhesive tape, like the one you use for packing, and some other stuff you have already at home. You can make it in different sizes and use it as a ceiling hanging lamp, night or as a standing lamp shade.

I did this one with clear tape but you can also experiment with the regular brown tape or colored ones. I found some neon colored translucent tape at my office supplies store, so there are many options for you to try!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You will need:
  • A roll of wide clear adhesive tape
  • A lamp-holder
  • A light bulb
  • A salad bowl, the size you want your lampshade to be. I recommend you use a metal one because they are resistant and light to work with, but you can also use a wooden one or a glass one.
  • A bit of baby powder. You can use body powder, foot powder or even cornstarch if you don't have the prior ones at home.
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Pencil

If you are don't want get baby powder everywhere I recommend you get some newspapers to cover the surface you are working on. Also be aware your clothes will end up covered in powder, but do not worry, it can be easily washed off.

Step 2: Prepare the Surface

Sprinkle some body powder on the outer part of the salad bowl and use your hand to spread it out all over the surface. Make sure the bowl is fully covered, don't spare and use as much powder as you need.

By the way, remember to spread out some newspapers so you do not make a mess. I worked on the garden's table so I skipped that step ;)

Step 3: Cover With Tape

Cover the outer part of the bowl with pieces of tape. Go on all directions, add tons of layers and do not worry about the tape getting wrinkles, these will add texture to the lamp, making it look awesome.

I use a whole roll of tape for one lampshade. Adding layers to the bowl makes our shade thick and this thickness provides structure so the shade keeps it's half-sphere shape.

Step 4: Make Sure the Tape Is Securely Adhered

Once you finished adding all the tape to your bowl, use the back of your scissors to press against the bowl while rubbing it to make sure all layers of tape are tightly pressed together.

Step 5: Cut Out the Excess

Use your scissors to get rid of the excess tape that surpasses the borders of the bowl. Cut as close to the bowl's border as possible.

Step 6: Remove the Shade From the Bowl

Using your fingers try rolling the borders of the tape layers away from the bowl.

You will need to do this little by little going all around the bowl. Do not try to do it all once from only one direction.

Continue rolling the borders until you completely remove the shade from the bowl.

It is important to fully cover your bowl with powder before starting with the tape, if you do not do so the tape will adhere to the surface and this step will be super hard to do.

Once you fully release the shade from the bowl use your hands to re-shape the shade, making sure the sticky part of the tape layer is in the concave side (inside) of the shade.

Step 7: Powder the Shade

Once you have the sticky side in, sprinkle some powder into the shade and use a brush to distribute it all over the surface. Discard the excess powder that does not stick to the tape.

The powder will help making the lampshade translucent, while providing a thin layer of protection against the tape sticking to everything.

Step 8: Define the Border of the Shade

Use your scissors to cut the edge of you shade.

Here I decided to keep it in a minimalist, clean, straight line but you can decide to do a decorative border by cutting out a scalloped edge or go for a zig-zag style.

Step 9: Add the Lamp Holder

Prepare your lamp shade to hold the lamp holder. Use your pencil to mark where you need to make a hole to get your cable through.

Now place the lamp holder following the directions needed and screw the light bulb in... And you are done!

Step 10: Use Your Amazing New Lamp Shade!

I love how the wrinkles on the tape gives texture to the lamp shade both, when turned off as well as on.

As mention earlier you can use this shade as a desk, night stand, ceiling or standing lamp. Try making a set of lamp shades, with different sizes of salad bowls and use them to decorate your home in a coordinated way.

Hope you enjoyed it!

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14 Comments

That looks great! I would use that technique to make a chinese lamps, the square one made with of rice paper & wood frame, it would work great too👍

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TDCDTweets
TDCDTweets

Question 1 year ago on Step 4

I’ve always wanted to make a lampshade but worry about it catching fire. Have you ever added material to the outside afterwards or painted the shade with anything in particular? Did you make it fireproof or not need to? Sorry for all the questions lol.

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FlorinJ
FlorinJ

Answer 1 year ago

Provided you use LED bulbs - which most people in Europe do anyway, simply because it's cheaper in the long run - temperatures don't get high enough to ignite anything.

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dana_eh
dana_eh

Answer 1 year ago

Hi! I didn't add any paint or extra materials apart from those mentioned. Make sure you are using a regulated lamp fixture. The ones sold in Spain are regulated so that the space between the light bulb and the shade is enough for it to have air circulating. Also, using a LED light bulb is recommended since they don't generate as much heat as regular ones.

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Rallygoer2
Rallygoer2

1 year ago

Great idea, but how fire retardant are these. People in Europe will need to be careful about this fact to avoid falling foul of insurance issues. There are however plenty of flame retardant sprays available online, just to be on the safe side.

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dana_eh
dana_eh

Reply 1 year ago

Hi! I'm in Spain, so I get what you say. Make sure you use a legit lampholder. The ones they sell here are designed to make sure the light bulb is pretty far away from the shade itself. Also, I use LED lights which do not generate heat, which is usually the cause of fire.
Please be very careful when doing any lightning diy to be safe and always use regulated items and good light fixing practices.

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sarawelder
sarawelder

Question 1 year ago on Step 9

Lovely and easy! How did you make the hole in the lamp? Thanks for sharing!

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dana_eh
dana_eh

Answer 1 year ago

Hi there, thanks! To do the hole in the lamp I simply draw it with a pencil and used the scissors' tip to punch a small hole through it. Then once I has a hole I used the scissors to cut the circle around. Don't worry it is not that hard to punch through. :)

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sarawelder
sarawelder

Reply 1 year ago

thanks for your prompt reply. I was wondering if a drill bit was used!

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Marve48
Marve48

1 year ago on Step 10

What a cool idea. I might try this project for our game/bunny room. Thanks for sharing.

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dana_eh
dana_eh

Reply 1 year ago

It is perfect for a game room. You won't need don't worry about it being dangerous or breaking like a glass shade. Even if you throw a ball at it it will only bend and you can easily reshape it! :)

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jeanniel1
jeanniel1

1 year ago

Wow, I thought the lampshade was made from glued burlap as the texture was so great. I guess with the many layers of tape the shape won't sag. I suppose one could incorporate some wire for shape-holding too.

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dana_eh
dana_eh

Reply 1 year ago

Yes! It has a very nice texture. I made this shade in several sizes, being the largest one 50cm in diameter and they all kept their shape, but if you make a bigger one maybe you can use a wire to help it keep the shape. Let me know how that went!