This simple hand painted silk lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old lampshade into a new and custom lampshade perfect for any home decor. You can use any old or damage fabric lampshade as the base for this hand painted silk lampshade craft project to save money.
To make a hand painted silk lampshade you will need:
Fabric Lamp Shade
Wood stretcher frame
Gutta squeeze bottle and metal applicator tip
The first step is to completely remove all of the fabric from your damaged or existing lampshade. Start by poking some scissors through the fabric, then cut away. Once you have the body of the fabric removed then start working on the material wrapped onto he wires. This will take some time, but is a great way to save a little money and salvage and exiting lampshade.
Tip: If you don’t have a damaged or existing lampshade you want to get rid of you can buy these wire frames of a lampshade at any arts and craft store.
Now, the first step is to lay out your plain paper. Roll it out on your dining room table.
Now, lay your wire lampshade wire frame on its side starting near the end of the paper.
Take your pencil and gently trace a line along the top edge of the wire frame as your roll it along the plain paper.
When you have made one whole turn of the circle then start over back at the same edge, but this time trace the bottom edge of the lampshade frame.
Repeat the racing pattern. Now, this time you need to make sure you roll the lamp shade along that first line you traced on the paper.
Cut this out and this will be the pattern for your new hand painted silk lampshade.
Now, set your lampshade aside.
Now, draw your design onto this paper lampshade pattern you just cut out.
Stretch your silk onto the wood frame stretcher.
Place you silk lampshade pattern below the silk stretched on the frame.
Trace the hand drawn design on to the silk with a pencil.
Remove the paper and start tracing your pattern or design on with your gutta or water based resist.
Let this dry.
Now, start painting on your silk paints.
Let this dry when you have finished painting the silk.
Cut out your hand painted silk lampshade. You want to cut about 1 inch above the top line you traced. You also want to cut about 1 inch below the bottom line you traced.
Now, gently wrap the hand painted silk around the lampshade. See how much is extra on the end that you need to cut off. You only want it to overlap about an inch on the sides.
Fold the rough end in and press down so you have a neat end to expose when you cover the lampshade.
Now, run a bead of hot glue around the top and bottom wires of the lamp shade. Lay you hand painted silk back out pattern side down on your table. Gently roll the lampshade frame along picking up the wrapping paper as you go. Make sure the folded neat end ends up on the lamp last to create a straight line up on the back of the lampshade.
Now, run a bead of glue on the inside edge of the wire frame on the top and bottom. Gently press the hand painted silk over and into the inside of the lampshade.
Go ahead and replace the hand painted silk lampshade on the lamp.
If you want to you can also glue on a Christmas rope or braided ribbon around the top and bottom edges. Pom pom ribbon or fringe would also be a great finishing touch!
NEVER use a bulb that has a higher watt than recommended in a lamp. For all of these decorative lamp shades I recommend using a low watt bulb. 25 to 40 watts at most. These are meant to be decorative lights. You can rely on other lamps and light sources to illuminate your home.