A lampshade is the crowning touch of any lamp. No matter how attractive a lamp base is, it is not complete without a lampshade. Lampshades come in different shapes, forms, materials and sizes. Create lampshades to complement your lamps as well as the overall design scheme of your room.
Use leftover fabrics to create lampshades. Use similar fabrics used on your draperies, chair upholstery or slipcovers. Find scraps of fabrics at bargain prices from fabric stores; choose designs and colors to complement your decor. Purchase wire lamp frames from the hobby or craft shops, and then cover them with fabrics. Sew or use fabric glue to attach your fabrics to the frames. Finish off your lampshades by adding embellishments to the rims by using tassels, fringes, ribbons and beads.
Use paper to create lampshades. Buy new lamp frames or use the old one by removing the existing covers. Use leftover wallpaper from recent projects or use decorative Japanese papers that you can buy from craft stores. Choose a paper that is thicker than your usual construction or white paper. Use existing lampshades and decoupage with paper cut-outs from wrapping paper or use sheets of gift tissue paper and crunch them. Then, stretch the sheets again and decoupage on the old lampshade. The wrinkle on the tissue paper will add texture to the finished lampshade. Embellish your paper lampshades by gluing beads, buttons and ribbons on the surface of the cover or along the rims.
Update your lampshade by adding paint. Use a paint stamping kit that you can buy from craft stores or hobby shops. Choose shapes that would work with your decor. For example, you can choose animal shapes for a kid's lamp or use leaves and fruits for a kitchen lamp. Use fabric paint instead of regular acrylic paint. Try using gold-leafing or silver-leafing techniques on paper lampshades to give your lampshades a metallic sheen.