You can use silk, silk paint, and gutta to create a custom stained glass inspired lampshade for very little money. This simple stained glass lampshade it the perfect DIY craft project even if you think you cannot draw or paint!
Use stained glass art as a basis for the inspiration for this silk hand painted stained glass lampshade.
This simple stained glass silk lampshade craft project is a great way to remake any old lampshade into a new and custom stained glass 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.
Beginners may find that using craftsman style stained glass as inspiration to be the easiest way. They use lots of straight lines and geometric patterns.
To make a hand painted silk lampshade you will need:
Fabric Lamp Shade
Wood stretcher frame
Glue (hot glue)
Gutta squeeze bottle and metal applicator tip
Black gross grain Ribbon
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 lampshade along that first line you traced on the paper.
Cut this out and this will be the pattern for your new hand painted stained glass silk lamp
Now, set your lampshade aside.
Now, draw your stained glass design onto this paper lampshade pattern you just cut out. You can go for craftsmen inspired stained glass, Tiffany stained glass, or your own custom stain glass design.
Stretch your silk onto the wood frame stretcher.
Place you silk stained glass 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. You want to use a large stainless steel metal tip on your applicator bottle. I recommend a #7 or larger tip. This will give you those nice thick lines of lead you have in real stained glass.
Let this dry.
Now, start painting on your silk paints into your stained glass lines.
Let this stained glass paint dry when you have finished painting the silk.
Cut out your stained glass 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 stained glass 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 lampshade. Lay you hand painted stained glass silk back out pattern side down on your table. Gently roll the lampshade frame along picking up the stained glass 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 stained glass silk over and into the inside of the lampshade.
Now, for a finishing touch you can use some black gross grain ribbon on the top and bottom edge of the lamp. You can glue it into place.
Go ahead and replace the stained glass silk lampshade on the lamp.
Tips on Salvaging an Old Lampshade:
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.
NEVER use a bulb that has a higher watt than recommended in a lamp. For all of these decorative lampshades 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.