Wooden lampshades are a unique and stylish addition to any room. They offer a natural and warm aesthetic that cannot be matched by traditional lampshades made of fabric, plastic, or metal. The best part is, you can make your own customized wooden lampshade without spending a fortune. In this article, we will provide you with DIY tips and tricks to create your very own wooden lampshade.
Materials You’ll Need
Before we dive into the DIY lampshade process, we need to make sure we have all the necessary materials. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Wooden panels (medium density fiberboard or plywood)
- Lamp kit (bulb holder, cable, and plug)
- A saw
- A drill with drill bits
- A jigsaw
- Hole saw
- Wood glue
- Safety glasses and gloves
- Measuring tape and ruler
Step 1: Measure the size of your lamp kit and draw a circle on your wooden panel. Use a hole saw to cut out the circle. This will be the top of your lampshade.
Step 2: Use a jigsaw to cut your wooden panel into strips of the same width. The number of strips you cut depends on the size of your lampshade. Make sure you sand the edges of each strip to remove any roughness.
Step 3: Measure the circumference of the lampshade’s top and bottom using a measuring tape. Cut the strips to the right length.
Step 4: Using wood glue, attach the strips around the top of your lampshade’s base, making sure they are spaced evenly. Use clamps to hold them in place while the glue dries.
Step 5: Once the glue has dried, attach the second set of strips to the bottom of the base in the same way you attached the top set.
Step 6: Cut a hole near the bottom of the shade for the cord to exit. Use a hole saw to make the hole.
Step 7: Sand the entire lampshade to remove any rough spots or edges. Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper, and move to a finer-grit sandpaper as you progress.
Step 8: Attach the lamp kit to the top of your lampshade.