Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

What can you do if your pretty desk light’s lampshade has broken but the light is far too beautiful to simply throw away? Simply design a new lampshade: this is possible in no time at all using a photo poster. We show you how easy this is in our step-by-step instructions!

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

And all you need for this is:

     

  • A good quality photo poster in the size 40 x 60 cm with your favourite motif
  • Hot glue, paper clips, scissors, ruler, cutter and tape measure
  • A broken lampshade and/or its metal rings
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How to design your own lampshade out of a photo poster

Have a motif of your choice that you want to make into a lampshade printed as a photo poster in 20 x 60 centimetre format at ifolor. Or you can choose the 40 x 60 centimetre format, if you want to select two motifs. This high-quality digital print is produced on tough photo paper, which is ideal for being backlit: used as a lampshade, the paper lets enough light through to create a very special accent in your home. The brighter and whiter the chosen motif is, the more intensive the light will be.

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

First of all, take the photo poster (in the size 40 x 60 centimetres here) and cut it through in the middle using a cutter and a long ruler. You can now try out which motif you prefer.

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

Then measure the required width for the poster to cover the blank lampshade using the tape measure. When measuring this make sure that the poster overlaps by roughly one centimetre along the seam.

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

Now trim the poster and roll it up. Using the paper clips mark the shade in exactly the diameter you need. Try to push the metal rings in carefully. Once everything fits, you can move onto the glueing.

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

Unlike with fabric covers, no seams or hem are required when working with a photo poster – you can simply stick the poster to the metal ring using the hot glue. For this put a very thin strip of hot glue on the bottom edge of the poster, roll the metal ring into the poster quickly before the glue dries and sets. Now do the same thing again with the second ring; finally glue the overlapping ends of the poster together – and your new lampshade is finished!

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

The finished, glued lampshade is now simply screwed onto the base.

Upcycling tip: how to modernise a lampshade

Photos and text: Julia Marre • www.kommandokarottenbrei.de

Julia Marre is a freelance author and journalist with a penchant for photography and design. She writes the Kommando Karottenbrei blog. She plays around with photo products for ifolor and writes about these DIY projects and self-styled gifts.

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