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DIY Ceiling lamp

I have this idea in mind for a long time and, until now, I didn’t taken the time to try to realize it. It’s done now!

I was inspired by the Veroca lamp from B.lux. I’ve only done one but I think to do more, it looks nice when there are several.

You gonna need:

A square of paper 24″x24″ / 60×60 cm (any kind of paper, it’s gonna be use as pattern)

A square of white fabric 27″x27″ / 70 x 70 cm (I used cotton)

Elastic 83″ / 210 cm 

4 Grundtal ikea hangers (or any other similar)

White thread

Safety pin


Sewing machine


4 screws and 4 plugs

1. Cut the fabric using the paper square as pattern, leave extra fabric for seams.

2. Cut the corners of the fabric.

3. Sew the edge of each corner.

4. Fold the sides and make a seam.

5. Make the seam wide enough to be able to pass the elastic in it.

6. Attach the elastic on a safety pin and passes it into the seam.

7. Do the same for all 4 sides.

8. Finish knotting the two end of the elastic. And the sewing part is done!

 I had no ceiling lamp before so I tinkered something. Forgotten 9 and 10 if you already have a basic ceiling lamp. Before handling the lamp turn off the power.

9. I just had a light bulb,

10. So I set a plumbing pipe hanger and I pasted the plug socket on it.

11. Pick up the piece of paper and made ​​a hole in the middle to pass the electrical installation. Paste with tape where you like to have the lamp. With the drill, make a hole at each corner, place a plug and screw the hanger. When 4 hangers are placed, remove the paper and put the fabric. That’s it!

  Remember to always use energy saving light bulbs (it doesn’t heat and it’s environmentally friendly)

 Light on…

….Light off!


Pavers Melbourne - Yarrabee

Tuesday 14th of July 2015

You have shared a wonderful blog post for ceiling lamp. While reading this post i really enjoyed. thanks for sharing it.


Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

This is such a great idea! I have loved the original lamp ever since I have seen it, but it is expensive, as it is "design".I can't wait to have a little spare time to go to ikea and to make this. I am already shuffling different fabric hues in my head :). I like the idea of using elastic to fix the fabric - yellow looks great too :)The only thing I am a bit uncomfortable with though is fixing the bulb to the ceiling with that hook thing. I think I will buy one of those flat ceiling lamps - like Hyby ( or Lock. They are quite inexpensive and you can use the support part to get the bulb in a horizontal position in a safer way. Thanks for sharing your idea.

Ama Ryllis

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Thanks for your comment! The "hook" system work pretty good but you are right, it will be safer with the ikea flat ceiling base...too bad I don't have an ikea nearby. Thanks for the tip!

Mamã Martinho

Monday 21st of April 2014

I've love this and decided to made one for my kids bedrom. But before can you tell me if after all this time it's all ok? Dind't you have any probem? I'll use the energy saving bulb.



Ama Ryllis

Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

Hi Monica. I didn't have any problem with the ceiling lamp. For the next one, I will use a thicker fabric to have a more diffuse light...except this detail, all is ok!

Luca Hardy

Monday 3rd of February 2014

This is interesting, I might try this at home, but with the aid of our electrician for safety purposes.


Monday 29th of July 2013

Well that's one way to burn your'e house down.

I think you should add a metal plate between lamp and the ceiling. Metal should have a little bend so the metal isn't touching the ceiling (nor the lamp). This protects the ceiling and heat dissipates more effective plus reflects more light.