How to DIY Ikea Style Paper Lampshades

Gabi Ralea
by Gabi Ralea
5 Materials
15 Minutes
You know that feeling when you see something cool for home design, and want one for yourself, but you don’t know where to get it from so you end up crafting it by yourself?
For me, it was a lampshade from Ikea. By the time I found out the source it was too late, I already had these two handmade lampshades. Mine costed half the price and are more beautiful… Anyway, Ikea only had them white!
Start by cutting the upper part of the bottle / plastic to  get a protective cap for the light bulb, and prevent it from getting in touch with the paper.
Cut the roll of crepe paper in two inegal parts.
Pleat the longer piece of paper around the bottle neck and temporarily fix it with a rubber band. Wrap the bottle neck in duct tape once, to prevent the paper from falling while you pleat the second layer.
Same thing with the second layer: pleat, wrap and fix with duct tape. You can add more layers of paper, in different lengths or in different colors.
Arrange the two layers of the lampshade for a bit of volume and a vaporous look.
You may add a bit of color using watercolor or the spray paint, if you like.
This type of lampshade can be easily crafted in different colors and shapes, to imagine a plethora of flowers, from the simplest daisy or tulip to the most intricate rose, peony or carnation, depending on the number of layers and the type of paper you are using.
I chose to make a poppy, which is a perfect variation for a little girl’s bedroom. 
Read the article on my blog to see the additional steps to craft this beautiful poppy lampshade!
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  • Ellenkrick Ellenkrick on Aug 31, 2018

    So clever and cute! What did you use to make the poppy stamens hanging from the bottom of the lamp? Also, have you had any problems with the plastic bottle melting from the lightbulb? What’s the wattage you’re using? I’m definitely going to try it! It’s so cute!

  • Debbie Debbie on Jun 21, 2020

    love it!

  • Mary mary Mary mary on Jun 21, 2021

    Wouldn't this B a fire hazard?

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