How to Create a DIY Metal Lampshade

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I so excited to have another lamp project.  I am not sure why but they are a lot of fun.  This one includes a DIY metal lampshade too.  BONUS!  I think I am on a lamp roll!  You can see my Farmhouse Look Lamp here!

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DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade and a Lamp Re-Vamp

Ever since I got the great deal on 24 Edison bulbs I have been on the search for lamps to re-do.  I was in Omaha last weekend and my cousin and I spotted this guy in a really cool junk shop.  Thanks to my relatives for putting up with my junking adventures.  I appreciate it you guys!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

The price tag said $18 but the guy at the counter gave it to me for $10 because the top was very wiggly.  I was going to re-wire it anyway but I took it for $10.

When I got it home I cleaned it up, took out all of the wiring, and took the existing light kit off.

I spray painted the whole thing white.

It did not have a shade so I began the search for something that would go well with the Edison bulb.  I thought maybe just the metal frame of squared off lampshade, I thought of using the wiring from a lampshade as a base for metal then I saw a pin that showed a metal lampshade held together with two embroidery hoops.  I knew this was the one I wanted to try.

DIY Metal Lampshade Supplies List

Piece of sheet metal –  mine is 36″x 24″

Metal cutters (Tin Snips)

Embroidery Hoops (preferable wood) – Mine are 10″  but I used the plastic ones (not recommended)

Wood piece for the top to attach to the light kit – Mine was a piece of square basswood  1/2″ x 1/2″

Wood Screws

Small nuts, bolts and washers

Spray paint

Electric/cordless drill

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

The first thing I did was cut the metal using my new cutters.  I thought it would be much harder than it was.  It was really easy.  I did wear gloves just in case there were some sharp pieces sticking out.  There didn’t seem to be many of these.  Like I said, it was pretty easy.

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

I calculated the circumference of the 10″ hoop using this calculator.  Easy peasy!  No one said that creating a DIY metal lampshade would include hard math!  LOL!

Then I added an inch-ish so the ends would overlap.  We needed room for the nuts, bolts and washers so the shade would stay together.

My piece ended up being 10 1/2″ x 32 1/2″.  This means I still have enough for another shade in the future.  Yay!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

I had already spray painted the embroidery hoops.  This is where the wood hoops would definitely be better.  Hobby Lobby was closed the day I was shopping so I picked up the plastic ones at WalMart.  They are probably half the price but the paint just chips off so easily that it just isn’t worth it.  I will probably be ordering the wood hoops and replacing them onto my shade.

After painting the hoops we created a circle with the metal and clamped one end.  Then we added the hoop to the other end.  (This is where the 2 people come in handy)  It is just too much to hold onto with just one person.

After we got one hoop on Jeff added the nuts, bolts and washers (3 sets) along the “seam” of the lampshade.  Then it is held together and the other hoop is much easier to attach.  Since there are holes in the metal he just added them using a screw driver.  No drilling was required.

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

Here is the back of the shade showing the nuts, bolts and washers!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

As we added the hoops to the metal the paint chipped really bad and the colored hoops were showing.   I don’t think the wood hoops would have done this.  Anyway, then we added the piece of basswood across the top.  Jeff had to bore a place for the top of the light kit to fit in because this piece that we had on hand was the exact height of the screw piece at the top of the light kit.  We needed to be able to screw the top piece on to hold the shade in place.

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

Then he drilled holes through the top hoop and into the ends of the basswood piece and used a wood screw on each side to hold it in place.  Then because of the chipped paint I had to mask all of the metal, inside and out, and repaint the hoops.  What a pain!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

But it came out good in the end!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

I really thought this would be harder to make than it was.  It was awkward at times trying to deal with the metal but it all came together!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

 

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.   If you like it be sure to pin it and share it!  I appreciate all of the shares and pins I can get.  LOL!

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28 Comments

  1. Nancy Janssen

    Very cool lamp, Michelle! I’m loving the Edison bulbs, as well. Such warm, flattering light, not to mention the bulbs themselves are a design feature in themselves. 🙂

    02 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Nancy!! Thanks so much. Yes I do really love the Edison bulbs. Such a fun way to dress up a light fixture. Thanks so much for the comment!!

      02 . 05 . 2016
  2. Susie Bentz

    Super cool. I would have liked to have seen what the seam looks like from the outside…

    02 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      You know…you are right. I need a pic of the “seam”. I will take one tonight and add it into the post. Thanks so much Susie! Thanks for stopping by!

      02 . 05 . 2016
  3. Carolann

    Love it Michelle! What a creative and fun way to kick up your lamp. I love that shade! It really changed the whole look of the lamp. Great job!

    02 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Carolann!! It really did change the look of the lamp and I love that I can always change it again if I want. The beauty of lamp shades!!!

      02 . 05 . 2016
  4. Kelly Bay

    This is gorgeous! I’ve made the mistake of using plastic hoops for craft projects before too, even with the best spray paint it just doesn’t hold up.

    02 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      What a nightmare those plastic hoops were. Lol. Thanks so much for your kind words Kelly!! I am loving your posts even though I don’t have small kids anymore. You are an excellent writer! Keep it up.

      02 . 05 . 2016
  5. Susie

    Well, this is amazing. You are so clever. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind lamp shade…..which is a good thing. I just love it to pieces.. Xo SUSIE from The Chelsea Project

    03 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! It is unique! It really grew on me when it was altogether. It looked a little different in my head but these things never come out exactly how I expect. I am glad you like it and thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate it very much!

      04 . 05 . 2016
  6. gail

    I’ve used this metal before on a much small scale. I love what you did with it. Using the hoops was brilliant! I didn’t know they had plastic ones, maybe I need to keep an eye out while thrift shopping for some wooden ones.

    Your lampshade is so unique and fun. Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

    gail

    04 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Gail. Definitely be looking for the wooden hopps. I really hated working with these. I love linking up. Have a great day!

      04 . 05 . 2016
  7. D Nuckolls

    personal preference I would have left the base black. The shade is wonderful and I am sure it cast a great light.

    07 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Honestly I went back and forth about painting the base but I am trying to lighten things up so the white won!! Thanks for stopping by!!

      07 . 05 . 2016
  8. Robyn Gist

    Pinned this!! Brilliant idea, can’t wait to do my own, I have a similar iron lamp base that has been sitting in my basement until I could find the perfect shade. Thanks!

    07 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      I am so glad you like it. It was easier than I thought it would be. Thanks so much for pinning too. I appreciate it.

      07 . 05 . 2016
  9. chris aka monkey

    saw this on hometalk, and came over to read all about it, this is plum gorgeous and not as hard as i thought xx

    07 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much. My husband thought it would be a nightmare but it wasn’t bad at all!! I hope you try one.

      07 . 05 . 2016
  10. Ruby Robb

    Hi Michelle

    Love the lampshade SOOOO much i have been looking for metal shades for some time, looking foreward to recieving some other insparational ideas from you.

    Kind Regards

    Ruby

    08 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Ruby! I am so glad you liked it and I love it when I find something that I have been looking for. I hope I can send some good ideas your way! Thank you for stopping by!

      08 . 05 . 2016
  11. Nancy

    I love the lamp!

    08 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Nancy! How are you doing out there in Cali? I am so jealous right now. I want some warmer weather! Thanks for stopping by!

      10 . 05 . 2016
  12. Vickie

    Love this project. Will be making some of them later on. For others the metal mesh used for the lamp shade also comes in gold, too! The light is stunning but if anyone wanted to, a wash of transparent paint coould be put on it for a bit of color. All depends on ones taste and where it is going to be used.

    12 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      I agree Vickie! That metal would be beautiful with a wash of paint. My husband was surprised that I left it alone! Love the gold too! Thanks so much!

      13 . 06 . 2016
  13. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    WOW what a transformation!! Love how you used the metal and the hoops to secure!! Thank you so much for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday!

    24 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Sam! This was fun except for those dang, plastic hoops. LOL! I still love it every time I walk by it.

      26 . 07 . 2016
  14. Felicity

    This is a lovely project and your plumbing piece wall lights fantastic

    18 . 11 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks. I think I am starting to really love lamp and lighting projects.

      18 . 11 . 2016

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