Mother Earth Living


Try This: Woven Lamp Shade

Recycle old magazines and catalogs into this woven wire mesh lamp shade.



Be sure to use compact fluorescent bulbs with these shades. They burn much cooler than incandescent light bulbs, minimizing fire hazards with any shade made of paper. Although the loose ends of the paper strips stay neat within the mesh matrix, check periodically to make sure that no ends have come loose and can make contact with the bulb.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Weave the paper through the mesh. Alternate ups and downs as you begin each row. The mesh keeps the strips firmly in place. Trim the ends even.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Cut magazine pages into strips about 3/8-inch wide to weave gracefully into the 1/2-inch wire mesh.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Sort snippings into general color themes such as yellow with orange or blue with green. Include many light-colored pieces to keep your shade from obscuring too much light.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Measure the wire mesh to fit your fixture, then cut with wire snips.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
Be sure to use compact fluorescent bulbs with these shades. They burn much cooler than incandescent light bulbs, minimizing fire hazards with any shade made of paper. Although the loose ends of the paper strips stay neat within the mesh matrix, check periodically to make sure that no ends have come loose and can make contact with the bulb.
Photo By Susan Wasinger

















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