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Today we're making a DIY woven lampshade! You'll fix up an old metal lampshade with some openwork weaving and a bit of macrame. This is a great way to upgrade an old lampshade and use up leftover yarn. Hang it from the ceiling, flip it upside down and hang it, or use it as a real lampshade (over a low-wattage or eco-friendly light bulb). You'll need: Any lampshade with metal frame (you'll rip/cut off the fabric) Gold paint (optional) Paintbrush (optional) Yarn of your choice/color - I used three neutral shades of brown, green, and beige. Tapestry needle Scissors
To start, cut/rip off the fabric covering your lampshade. Don't feel bad - you probably got this lampshade for $1, and there are millions of lampshades in the world. You're making this one into something super cool!
Paint your lampshade frame gold, if you'd like. I love the metallic look - I mean, the shade was already sort of metallic, but definitely not gold. I would do this in gold, silver, or copper!
Next, start weaving! I wanted my shade to have an openwork look, so I kept my weaving spaced pretty far apart. If you keep your tension pretty tight, the yarn should stay in place and not slip down or up the bars. Weave horizontally in each of the lamp's 'panels'.
Next, weave vertically. You'll follow the same principle as the horizontal weaving, alternating colors as you go. When you're finished weaving the panels, wrap the top of the lamp with one color to hide the short ends and create a more polished look.
Next, cut 12" lengths of your color choice. You'll tie these to the bottom of the lamp as follows:
I used two colors, and actually did not have enough to tie them this close together, but if you have enough go for it! It will be a bit more solid. Now we'll make the square knots:
Repeat the last two steps once more.
Repeat the last four steps around the whole shade. Now alternate, creating a mesh look:
Trim the ends, and you're finished! I love how mine came out. I just have to find a cute base for it and figure out the structure - there are so many different types of lampshades it can be hard to match one with the right base, especially if you want to use a bulb. So hang it from the ceiling!
Thanks for following along. If you happen to try this DIY woven lampshade and share some photos on Instagram, tag me @melmariadesigns! I'd love to see what you come up with. This DIY would look really cool with thicker fiber (just make sure to use 100% wool if you plan on using an actual lightbulb in your lamp - wool is not flammable!).