Turning This Old Lamp Shade Into a Beautiful DIY Outdoor Chandelier

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1 Hour

Making an outdoor DIY Chandelier out of an old lamp shade is pretty simple. You'll need some outdoor lights, an old shade and a bit of ingenuity.

Solution: DIY Chandelier using an old lamp shade

Vintage Lamp Shades

I started off with these giant lamp shades that had seen better days.

Rather than toss these beauties, I had a great plan for them.

My solution was to turn these giant old shades into chandeliers that. I could hang inside my tent.


Old lamp shades

Christmas lights with clips ( I used G40 string lights from Amazon)

Start by removing all the old shade material. I left the fancy lace treatment around the top and bottom of my shades, because I liked the look, but its not required.

Removing the fabric from an old lamp shade to make a chandelier

Start wrapping your lights around the shade. Clip them onto the metal frame as you go. Be creative, you can keep the spacing all the same, or random. Either way will look great. In fact I did one of each.

Try to leave the male end of the plug sticking out at the top (this just makes it easier to plug in and hang).

Simple Outdoor Chandelier

There you have it. A beautiful and simple outdoor lighting solution for around $30. Compare that to the cost of pretty much any outdoor light and you’re saving close to $100. Wow!!

There you have it. Great outdoor lighting solution no a budget!!

Suggested materials:
  • Lights   (Amazon)
  • Lampshades   (Thrift store)
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