Make a Lantern from 3 Lamp Shade Frames

ceiling light lamp shade frame diy

Did you watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead? I saw it yesterday and I’m still traumatised! Going to have to try and forget all the shit that went down if I’m going to be able to write this post.

So, I made a lantern, and I have to say I’m very happy with it. Sometimes projects come out exactly as you planned, and this is definitely one of those!

To make this lamp I used three lamps shade frames. Two medium sized and one smaller. I had to buy the medium sized frames new. Ideal would have been to make this from thrifted frames, but I couldn’t find any. I looked EVERYWHERE, but came up with nothing!
To cover the lantern I cut up a cream colored old shirt and used some black scrap pieces of chiffon.

lantern diy supplies

I put the two medium shades together with some wire.

lower frames

Cut out the bottom part of the shirt and sewed tubing at both ends.

fabric cover lower part

I added elastic in the tubing and covered the lantern frame.

lower part of lampshade

I did the same with the scrap chiffon and smaller (single) frame.

upper frame

The trickiest part of this project was to convert the frames into ceiling light frames. I found that folding the lamp holder-thingies up and then cut up one of them with pliers made it possible to securely fasten the light fixture with rubber bands to the frame.

bend loops

The best part of this lantern is that I could easily pull down the cover while putting it up! The small frame was tied onto the lantern after the light was put in.

construction of lamp

In this picture you can see how the lantern is mounted onto the ceiling. Because the small frame is turned upside down, and it is a table lamp frame, the light holder loops can be used to attach the lantern to the ceiling. I simply used a chain that I pulled though the loops and then fasten the ends to the hook in the ceiling.

hanging lamp

lamp lit details

lamp shade ceiling light fixture diy


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