How to Make a Lampshade Without a Kit?


How to Make a Lampshade Without a Kit?

Making your lampshades is simpler than you may think, and they’re a great way to give a space some style. Your home’s light fixtures will quickly look their most okay with a bit of DIY. Even if you don’t have a proper kit to make a lampshade, read the article below to learn how to make a lampshade from scratch!

DIY Lampshade from Scratch

If you want to make a lampshade for any of your lamps and do not have a proper kit, you do not need to worry. Instead, follow this DIY method: create the frame first, then cover it with a cloth or decorate it with beads to have your DIY-made lampshade.

Things Needed:

  • Pen and paper
  • Wire coat hangers for creating a frame – untwisted and straightened out to make sturdy wires
  • Pliers
  • Chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Flame-retardant fabric spray
  • Wire cutters
  • The fabric of your choice you’d like the lampshade to be made of

Check the Cable Wires

Pick a wire that is flexible enough to bend but strong enough to keep its shape. For example, use wire hangers to make a frame for a lampshade. Wire hangers should first be untwisted and made straight.

Calculate the Lampshade’s Bottom Diameter

You can use the old lampshade’s measurements directly. Alternatively, you can cut out multiple circles from paper and hold them over the lamp to determine the ideal size for the lampshade’s base.

Find Out How Wide the Lampshade’s Top is

If you’re unsure of the ideal size for the lampshade’s top diameter, you can experiment with circular pieces of paper before settling on one. Then, select the size that you want. You may, for instance, make a tapered lampshade that is larger at the bottom and smaller at the top.

Make Two Circles for the Top and Bottom of the Lampshade Frame.

You can use a circular piece of paper or an old lampshade as a pattern to determine the size of the wire circles. There is only one wire needed per end. You can use pliers to twist the ends of the wire together and form a suitable size circle before cutting off the extra wire.

You can wind the extra wire around itself to give it a vine-like appearance.

Calculate the Distance Between the Lampshade’s Top and Bottom

Measure the maximum distance between two raised circles. Make sure your lampshade is at least a few inches above and below the lightbulb if you want the light from the lightbulb to be diffused.

Increase the Height of the Lampshade

About ten wires were cut to the appropriate length, as described above. Next, connect the vertical wire pieces to the circles you just made after raising the lampshade’s overall height by 4 inches.

Each Vertical Wire should be Attached to the Top Circle of the Lampshade Frame

The vertical piece’s 2 inches of wire should be wrapped twice or three times around the wire circle. Firmly press the end using pliers. Around the top circle, distribute the vertical lines uniformly.

Join the Wire Circle

To the wire circle that forms the bottom of your lampshade frame, attach the opposite end of the vertical parts. Then, use the procedure described in the step above.

Use Beads to Decorate.

  • Make a bead string that is long enough to extend around the shade.
  • Tick knots at both ends to secure the beads in the middle of the string.
  • The top and bottom circles of the lampshade should be connected with the line.

Covering The Frame 

  1. Because you’ll leave marks on the side facing up, the side of your lampshade that you want to be on the outside should be facing down. Adjust it. If it is wrinkled, it will be much more challenging to cut it. For further accuracy, you might wish to tape it to the table.
  2. Calculate how much cloth you need to cover your frame by rolling it across the surface. Mark the shape it takes after one revolution; for a tapered lamp shade, it will take the form of a curved shape or a rectangle. It’s preferable to mark things out with chalk so you can remove them after you’re done.
  3. Allow room for mistakes. To bind the fabric to the frame and ensure it overlaps itself, add about 2 cm to the top, bottom, and overall length before cutting out your shape.
  4. Remove it. Don’t worry if you aren’t too near the lines; it’s better to cut off too much than too little.
  5. The cloth should be wrapped around your frame, leaving a 2 cm gap at the top and bottom. Make sure you just apply the glue on the cloth covered by the overlap and secure it to where the fabric overlaps.
  6. Around the lower rim, apply glue. The fabric’s extended edge should be folded over the rim and inward. You’ll need to hold it in place while the glue dries; you may do this by using tiny bulldog clips.
  7. Around the top rim, glue the fabric. Use the same procedure as above for this.
  8. After the glue has dried, trim any edges.

 Materials needed to Create a Lampshade.

A lampshade can be made out of any material you choose. If you want to create a recycled lamp shade, use any fabric you already have at home or upcycle an old couch or curtain. If not, visit a nearby fabric store and purchase the cloth of your choice.

Which Fabric is Safe for Lampshades?

Any fabric, you like, can be used to make a lampshade since, once it is produced, it must be sprayed with a flame-retardant fabric spray to let it survive the heat of the light.

Can Recycled Materials be used to Create a Lampshade?

You can use recycled materials, old curtains, or couch covers as the material for a new lampshade. The frame will also be made from recyclable materials because you’ll use wire hangers.

How can an Old Lampshade be Renewed?

Use fabric paint of your choice to add a splash of color and new life to a worn-out, lifeless lampshade. Alternately, replace the outdated material with fresh material you’ve purchased or recycled material you already have at home.


Any room in your house may be updated with a lamp shade by adding a splash of color and style!

This attractive lampshade is simple to build without sewing using a lampshade kit, or you may recycle an old lampshade. It’s the ideal method for making a lampshade that is customized to match the decor in any room of your house.