How to make a Lampshade Without a Kit from Scratch?

How to make a Lampshade Without a Kit from Scratch?

How to make a Lampshade Without a Kit from Scratch?

A lampshade gives color and flair to a lamp while dispersing light and enhancing the surrounding items in the room. Lampshades are available in various shapes, styles, fabrics, and materials. Making your lampshade from scratch takes time and effort, but it allows you to tailor it to your preferences and the aesthetic of your space. You may make your personalized lampshade in two to three hours out of a few simple materials.


Making your lampshade is easier than you may think, and a homemade lampshade is a terrific way to bring flair to a room. Light fixtures in your home will look their finest in no time with a little DIY!

Construct the Lampshade Frame

  • Using a pen and paper
  • Untwisted and straightened wire coat hangers to form robust wires
  • Pliers
  • Cutter of wires
  • You can make the lampshade out of whichever fabric you like
  • Chalk
  • Fabric shears
  • Glue for fabrics
  • Flame-retardant fabric spray

Following are the steps to building a lampshade from scratch:


To build the lampshade frame, untwist and straighten the wire coat hangers.


Determine the diameter of the lampshade’s bottom. Draw circles of varying diameters on a piece of paper or use an old lampshade as a guide. Cut out the circles and place them over the lamp to determine the proper diameter for the lampshade’s bottom.


Calculate the diameter of the lampshade’s top and draw it on a sheet of paper. Make a drum shade with equal-diameter top and bottom frames or a tapered lampshade with a more petite top frame and oversized bottom frame. Make a template for the desired size.


Make two circles from wire coat hangers for your lampshade’s top and bottom frames, using the paper templates you produced in Steps 1 and 2 as guidance. For each frame, use one piece of hanger wire. Twist the hanger wire into a circle and twist the ends together using pliers to fasten them. With a wire cutter, trim any excess wire.


Calculate the desired distance between the lampshade’s top and bottom. To establish the optimal distance between the two-wire circles you formed in Step 4, hold them up. The lampshade’s top and bottom should extend at least two inches above and below the light bulb, casting a diffused rather than glaring light.


Cut about ten pieces of wire to the length established in Step 5, plus four inches for the entire height of the lampshade you’ve chosen. Will use the extra four inches to connect the vertical wire pieces to the wire circles.


Connect the top circle of the lampshade frame to each vertical piece of wire. Using pliers, coil two or three times around the full wire circle with the top two inches of the vertical piece. With the pliers, forcefully press the end. The vertical wires should be evenly spaced across the top circle. Rep the process with the lampshade’s bottom circle.

Lampshade Cover


With a tape measure, measure the distance between each vertical piece of wire on your lampshade frame.


Cut fabric strips to the width you just measured, plus a half-inch on each side. Cut the strips to the height of the lampshade, plus one inch on each side.


To make quarter-inch wide hems, fold the long sides of the fabric strips in half. To close the hems, use hot glue along the fabric’s sides.


The fabric strips should be attached to the lampshade. Apply hot glue to one of the lampshade frame’s vertical wires. Apply hot glue to one side of the cloth strip. Make careful to leave half an inch of fabric hanging over the frame’s top and bottom. Apply hot glue to the frame’s opposite vertical wire and push the other side of the cloth strip against it.


Apply hot glue to the top of the frame and fold the cloth over it by half an inch. Replace the bottom of the frame and repeat the operation. Trim any excess fabric from the lampshade’s top and bottom.


Continue to sew the fabric strips together until the lampshade is completely covered.


Step 1

 Make a bead string long enough to extend from the top of the shade to the bottom.

Step 2

Tie knots at both ends of the string to hold the beads in the middle.

Step 3

 Attach the line to the lampshade’s top and bottom circles.

Step 4

 Cover the frame by repeating the first three steps.

Material used

You may construct a lampshade out of almost any material. If you want to build a recycled lamp shade, you can use fabric that you already have or repurpose an old curtain or couch cover. Otherwise, go to your local fabric store and get your preferred material.

Fabric used

Because you will need to spray the material with flame-retardant fabric spray after you have produced it to enable it to survive the heat of the light, any fabric is safe for lampshades.

Lampshade frame

All you need are a few straightened wire coat hangers and the dimensions for your lampshade, and you’ll be halfway there. Read the article above to learn how to create a DIY lampshade frame from scratch.

Recycled material

What’s to stop you? You can use old couch covers or curtains as material for a new lampshade if you have some recycled material on hand. You’ll also be utilizing old wire hangers for the frame, making it from recyclable materials.

Make a new lampshade out of an old one

Paint an old, dingy lampshade using fabric paint to add a splash of color and a new lease on life. Remove the old material and replace it with recycled or fresh stuff from your home to create a fully new one.

There are some other ways to build a lampshade without the lamp kit.

A food container and a piece of cardboard are all you need to make a lampshade. Strings, scissors, and glue, as well as cloth or paper, are easily available.


A lamp shade aims to protect the eye from the bulb’s glare and direct light from the lamp bulb into the room. By using this method, everyone can build one for himself.