A bare bulb with no shade has troubled mankind since the dawn of electricity. Well, it had troubled me since i broke my Big Huge Light Bulb lamp while remuddling my home. In the aftermath, what remained was essentially a lightbulb on a stick shining directly into my eyes. I quickly whipped up this little spot shade from some common household ingredients.
a wire hanger (Christina!)
clear packing tape
Step 1: Cut It Out!
I used posterboard and traced around a bowl for the circle. It ended up being about 9"
across. I drew the "handle" freehand, then cut. The "handle" serves to stabilize the shade
when attached to the bracket. I also poked 3 stabilizing holes (see drawing)
Step 2: The Only Good Use for a Wire Hanger
Cut the curly bits off of it. Makes good crafting wire, and comes in various strengths as well.
I had an 18" bit leftover from something which I bent to the shape shown in the drawing. 3"
on each end remains straight, with an arc between two opposing 90s.
Step 3: Assembly
I wived (wiggled / weaved) one end of the bracket thru the three holes, and taped the shade
securely to the bracket, including all the way down the "handle". I also applied some
aluminum tape to the lamp side of the shade because that's what it seemed like it needed.
Next I fastened the other end of the bracket to the lamp. I used some tape for that as well. I
never said this was fancy. Spot shade!