I just had to make this DIY photo slide lamp shade with tassels for my penpal as part of #BabesSendThings. I’ve recently joined this group of ladies who love to send things they make. If you’re a babe, you like to make things and send things, you should join! It’s a simple process. You sign up at #BabesSendThings, and they pair you up with someone who you then make something for and send it to them. Each cycle last three months. Each month they give you two different words and a medium to try out. It’s very flexible, and you can use your creativity to interpret the themes/medium however you wish. April’s theme was Luminous/Obscure, and the medium was photography. It was the perfect opportunity to make this awesome lamp that I’ve have been dreaming of for the past four years. Did I mention that this lamp makeover is simple, in addition to being affordable. The hardest part is finding slides. Let me show you just how easy it is to make a new lamp shade.
+one lamp with shade
+box cutter (or something similar)
+small hole punch
Optional: Washi Tape and other decorative items.
The first step is to disassemble your lamp by removing the shade from the base. You can set the base aside as you won’t need it until the end. Next you’ll use the box cutters to remove the cloth and plastic from the lamp. You’ll want to cut everything off of it until all that remains is the frame of the lamp shade.
Next, I put one hole on each side of the slides to connect the jump rings. I found the best way to do it was to connect the slides as I went. This means you only have to open the rings once. It also was easier to attach the slides to each other before attaching to the lamp shade frame. For the bottom slides, I made three holes to attach the tassels.
Once all your slides are attached to each other, this is a good time to decide whether you want to decorate the lamp shade frame or not. I helped hide mine by wrapping yarn around the top. Super simple to do and I personally like it better than the metal of the frame. I attached the slides to the frame first and then wrapped the yarn around the top, but I think it would be easier to wrap the yarn first then attach the slides.
Next up it’s how to make the tassels among the bottom of your shade. You’ll want to start by cutting a bunch of yarn pieces the same length. You’ll be folding the strips in half so keep that in mind when cutting the yarn lengths. I used two strands of yarn for each tassel.
Image 1: Start by folding your yarn strip in half and stringing it through the jumpring, so there is a loop on one side.
Image 2: Pull the tails of the tassels through the loop
Image 3: Pull the tails until the knot is at the top.
Image 4: Repeat until the bottom of the shade has the amount of tassels you like.
Last step, trim the yarn tails, so they are all the same length.
Other optional steps, decorate the base! I used some washi tape wrapped around the stick of the lamp to add more flare. I thought about also wrapping the yarn around the base and even covering the foot but decided that the tassels were enough. I think it’d be also cool to have slides that all match or were from the same trip.
What ideas do you have for this project and how would you make it your own? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments! And, of course, if you end up making a lamp shade, be sure to share it!