Way back in May (feels like a lifetime ago, right?!), I went to the Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall. As part of the event, Mollie Makes invited me to take part in a craft challenge on the main stage… I was given 30 minutes to upcycle a lampshade, live on stage, against a fellow craft competitor.
I went with what I know (and love) – wood, bold colours and geometric design. The result was a Scandinavian-style DIY wooden lampshade, made from slats of balsa wood and coloured card. I was pretty chuffed with how it came out. (And the audience seemed to like it too, because I won the challenge!). Here’s a photo from my Insta, of me on the stage with the editor of Mollie Makes…
It struck me last week that I’ve not yet shared the tutorial for this project. Bad blogger! But I’m making up for it now. Better late than never, hey? 😉 Scroll down to learn how I made this DIY wooden lampshade–and how you can make one, too. (Trust me, it’s easy!).
Make a Scandinavian-Style DIY Wooden Lampshade
Supplies and tools
- A cylindrical lampshade (I used this exact one)
- Lots of thin balsa wood
- Optional: A few sheets of thin card in complimentary bold colours
- A craft knife
- A cutting mat
- Strong double sided tape
What to do
1. Cut your balsa wood into long rectangles. They should be 5cm wide and the same height as your lampshade. How many you need will depend on the size of your lampshade. For reference, I used 26 pieces to cover an 88cm circumference (28cm diameter).
2. Cut a few rectangles out of your coloured card (they should be the same size as the balsa wood shapes). You’ll need one card rectangle for every 4 balsa wood pieces.
3. Optional: Only follow this step if you want to add a burst of colour, like I have with the blue paper. Using double sided tape, stick the coloured card to the balsa wood. Line up the edges as neatly as possible, to completely cover the face of the balsa wood.
4. Apply double sided tape to the back of one piece of balsa wood. Stick it right up against one edge of the wood, leaving the other side bare. Then, use this to stick the balsa wood directly onto the lampshade.
5. Do the same for another piece of balsa wood. However, this time tuck it under the first piece of balsa before sticking it to the lampshade.
6. Keep following this process, to build up a pattern like slatted window blinds. If you are using coloured paper, then every 4th piece of balsa wood should be covered in this paper (see step 3).
It looks like a complex make, but this DIY wooden lampshade comes together really quickly. It’s one of those nice, repetitive crafts that you can do in front of the TV one evening. And hey, don’t forget that I managed to make it in 30 minutes, whilst being interviewed live on stage! So you’ve totally got this. You’ll have your own Scandinavian-style lampshade hanging up in no time. 🙂
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