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Stylish and Sustainable Home Decor: A Recycled Lampshade

recycled lampshade with toilet paper rolls

Imagine transforming discarded materials into a stunning lighting centerpiece that not only adds a unique touch to your home but also contributes to a greener planet. Today, we dive into the secrets behind this eco-friendly DIY recycled lampshade, revealing how you can create a stylish and sustainable home decor with discarded materials.

Learn how to make a lampshade from toilet paper rolls I will guide you step-by-step through the process. Unleash your creativity and discover creative ways to incorporate recycled materials into your home. So, let’s dive in and uncover the secret to a stylish and sustainable home decor – one recycled lampshade at a time.

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How to make a Lampshade from recycled materials?

When it comes to home decor, sustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration for many people. With a recycled lampshade, you not only enhance the style and aesthetic of your space, but you also contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

By repurposing and reusing materials, you are reducing the need for new production and minimizing the amount of waste that goes into landfills. This simple choice can help to conserve energy, reduce pollution, and preserve natural resources.

In addition to the environmental advantages, a recycled lampshade can also bring a unique and distinctive touch to your home decor. Each lampshade made from recycled materials has its own story and character, adding depth and personality to your living space.

In conclusion, choosing a recycled lampshade is not only a stylish and unique option for home decor but also a budget-friendly choice that contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Materials Needed for DIY Lampshade

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Now that you have gathered all the necessary materials, let’s move on to the step-by-step guide to making a DIY lampshade with toilet paper rolls.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Recycled Lampshade

Let´s transforming these toilet paper rolls into a stunning and sustainable home decor piece.

Step 1: Make flowers

The lampshade is made by several cardboard flowers. Take a roll, flatten it and cut it into slices of 1 cm width (1/2 inch). You will need 10 “slice” pieces to make one flower.

cut toilet paper rolls to make flowers

Take a piece of cardboard, add glue on 1/3 of the surface and place a second piece on top. Repeat until all 10 pieces are glue on top of each others.

glue toilet paper rolls to make flowers

Open the flower and add glue to hold the last two petals together.

assemble diy cardboard flowers

The first flower is made. Repeat many times to make more flowers. The number of flower you will need depends on the size of the lampshade you want to make. To give you an idea, I used 20 flowers to make mine.

make a lampshade with toilet paper rolls

Step 2: Create a tip

To hang the lampshade you need to create a ring you will slide around the lamp socquet.

I use this kind of lamp socket. It’s easy and safe to hang any kind of lampshade.

Measure the diameter of the socket and create a cardboard ring slightly larger. I cut strips in a toilet paper roll and glue several layers together to make the ring.

Check that you can slide the ring in and out the socket easily.

create a cardboard ring

Step 3: Assembling the DIY Lampshade

Use a large bowl as support to assemble the lampshade. The size of the bowl will define the size of the lampshade.

Place the bowl upside down and center the cardboard ring on it. Start gluing the cardboard flowers around the ring.

use a bowl to make diy lampshade

Do it one by one and add as many dot of glue as you can to have a sturdy lampshade.

Take your time to place the flowers and glue all of them until you cover the bowl. Be careful not to glue the bowl.

Remove the lampshade an check that you are happy with it´s shape.

diy cardboard lampshade

Step 4: Add some color

For added texture and visual interest, you can paint the lampshade. Choose any color that match or contrast your decor. Spray paint is the fastest but you can also use a brush and acrylic paint.

Apply as many coats as necessary to achieve a good coverage.

paint the cardboard lampshade

Step 5: Hang the lampshade

Time to hang the recycled lampshade. Unscrew the socket shade ring (like this one), slide the lampshade and screw the ring back to hold it in place. There you go, enjoy your new lampshade!

Watch the DIY Recycled Lampshade step-by-step video on Youtube

hang the diy lampshade


recycled lampshade with toilet paper rolls

Creative Ways to Incorporate Recycled Lampshades in Your Home

With your recycled lampshade complete, it’s time to explore creative ways to incorporate it into your home.

In the bedroom, you can hang it above your bedside table to create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

For a more eclectic look, consider using the lampshade as a pendant light in your dining area or kitchen. Hang it above the dining table or kitchen island for a unique focal point.

In the living room, a recycled lampshade can serve as a conversation starter. Opt for a bold and colorful design to add visual interest to the room. The recycled lampshade can complement your existing decor or become the centerpiece of the room, depending on its design and placement.

If you have a home office or study area, the DIY lampshade can add a touch of creativity and inspiration to the space. Choose a color that reflects your personal style or interests. Whether you’re working on a project or reading a book, the recycled lampshade will create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that enhances your productivity and focus.

Now that you have explored these inspiring ideas on incorporating a DIY lampshade into your home, you can unleash your creativity and transform your living space into a stylish and sustainable haven. So let your recycled lampshade illuminate your creativity and make a statement in your home.

So why wait? Start crafting your own lampshade today and join the movement toward a more sustainable future.

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DIY recycled lampshade

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How to make a recycled lampshade with toilet paper rolls