Mother Earth Living

Try This: Geometric Lampshade

Make a fun and funky lamp.
By Natural Home Staff
July/August 2005
Add to My MSN

Content Tools

Related Content

Healthy, Green Design: Repurpose Existing Niches in Your Home

Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating ...

3 Favorite Home Remodeling Blogs

These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued a...

USGBC Names the Top LEED Homes and Projects of 2011

The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes the top projects, developers and home builders participat...

10 Homemade Holiday Gifts

This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. Thes...

Turn a boring lampshade on its head. Find two old matching lampshades at a junk store and put them together end to end to make a lamp with a sophisticated geometric feel. You can use a variety of sizes and styles of shades; each imparts a slightly different character to the finished product. These shades work great as pendants, hanging in groups of one, two, or more. We made ours into a cluster of table lamps to add a cosmopolitan glow to a dark corner. As always, use compact flourescent bulbs for safety and efficiency.

How to make the lamps:

1. Remove the wire harness from the lampshades using stout wire cutters, or use a pair of pliers to wiggle the ­solder joint loose where the wire connects to the metal circle at the top of the shade. Be patient and apply firm pressure for a nice, clean break.

2. Use cloth book-binding tape to connect the bottom edges of the two matching lampshades. Use a little strip of masking tape to temporarily hold them together. Circle the cloth tape around the seam, stopping to remove the masking tape before continuing. Smooth the tape as you go, keeping it nice and straight.

3. For a variation, use self-adhesive paper circles to decorate the seam.

4. The lamp base is easy to make if you have even the most rudimentary of wiring skills. Find terra-cotta pots that the inverted shades fit snugly down on to. Put a short piece of threaded pipe (called a “nipple” and found in the ­electrical aisle) through the hole in the pot and secure it with 2 nuts.

5. Thread a cord equipped with a roller switch up through the nipple and attach a light socket following the manufacturer’s wiring instructions.

6. To ensure that the lamp sits squarely on a tabletop without scratching, glue a circle of 1/4-inch-thick cork on the bottom edge of the pot. Cut a notch out of the cork for the cord to exit. Pop in a compact flourescent bulb, press the shade into place, and bathe in the glow.

Post a comment below.



Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.