DIY Lampshade / Pantalla

Still have a lot to do in my house, so I keep working on lighting. Naked bulb are functional but definitely not nice! I like big lamp shade, they look nice, modern and provide good lighting…but are kinda expensive! 
So I found a way to make some with cardboard, woodsticks and a plastic bottle! Take a look at the tutorial!

Todavía tengo mucho que hacer en mi casa, así que seguí trabajando en la iluminación. Bombilla desnuda son funcionales, pero nada bonitas! Me gustan las lámparas de pantallas grandes, son bonitas, modernas y proporcionan una buena iluminación … pero algo caro! 
Así que encontré una manera de hacer una con cartón, palillos de madera y una botella de plástico! Echa un vistazo al tutorial!

Material: Thin cardboard, 4 wood sticks (length: 18″), 4 pins, a gallon plastic bottle and thread.
Paint sticks and tie them together at each end with the thread.

Material: cartón fino, 4 palillos de madera de 45 cm, 4 chinches, una botella de plástico de 5L y hilo.
Pintar los palillos y atarlos juntos en cada extremo con el hilo.

Cut the neck of the bottle, and fit the sticks on it. No need to glue.
Cortar el cuello de la botella, y encajar los palos. No hay necesidad de pegar.

Cut a large piece of cardboard 57″ x 12″, fold it to form a cylinder and glue it. Cover it with paper and fold the excess paper to the inside. I use Ecojot wrapping paper.

Cortar un pedazo grande de cartón de 144 cm x 30 cm, doblan lo para formar un cilindro y pegan lo. Cubren lo de papel y doblan el exceso de papel hacia el interior. Utilice papel de envoltura Ecojot.

Almost done, it remains to fix the wood structure with push pins inside of the cardboard cylinder. Pay attention to fix it straight.
Ya está casi terminado, queda por fijar la estructura de madera con chinches al interior del cilindro de cartón. Preste atención a que la estructura quede recta. 

This is what you must have, the last thing to do is suspend it. Remove the bulb, slide the lamp and replace the bulb. Don’t forget to turn power off and always use a fluorescent bulb /energy-saving bulb.

Esto es lo que deben tener, la última cosa que hacer es suspender la misma. Quitan la bombilla, deslice la lámpara y vuelvan a colocar la bombilla. No olviden de apagar la luz y utilicen siempre una bombilla fluorescente / bombilla de ahorro de energía.

My little girl likes her new lighting full of flowers! And you?
A mi chiquita le encanta su nueva iluminación llena de flores! Y ustedes?

———- Another version here – Otra version aqui – Une autre version ici ———-



  1. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    absolument génial. Quand viens-tu aménager notre maison?

    • November 15, 2012 / 5:23 pm

      Merci! Je rentre pas tout de suite…mais si il te faut des idées n'hésite pas!

  2. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    ça y est…j'ai pu poster un commentaire! Depuis le ptemps que j'essaye… bravo pour tous ces "trucs" super beaux et recyclés

  3. November 16, 2012 / 4:34 am

    oh my god! this is totally awesome. Going to try this!

    • November 16, 2012 / 4:08 pm

      Thanks! I'd love to see your lampshade, send me a picture when you have time!

  4. November 18, 2012 / 11:04 pm

    I have been brainstorming on this for so long!! Great job!

  5. November 19, 2012 / 2:03 am

    so frugal, so crafty, so pretty!!

  6. Jan
    November 19, 2012 / 6:31 am

    Can this be made so it is ON a lamp and not hanging from the ceiling?

    • October 5, 2014 / 3:01 pm

      Of course. Just install it "upside-down" – under the bulb, not above it. You have to measure properly, before placing the sticks, so they are not visible from the floor.

      • Cat
        September 30, 2017 / 8:31 pm

        I think I may have just asked this same question lol. I now see the answer so no need to respond. Thank you for the idea it saved me from trying to find wire and getting it welded and stuff. I love it, thank you so much.

  7. November 19, 2012 / 6:01 pm

    Esta también es muy bonita. Es muy interesante la tecnica para hacer la pantalla con esos palillos. Thanks so much 🙂

  8. November 26, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    Great project – you make it look so simple that maybe I could even do this! And I just LOVE the paper you chose, it is so pretty.

    • November 26, 2012 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks! It is very simple to do, have fun crafting!

  9. November 27, 2012 / 5:44 am

    GreaT Idea! Thanks 🙂

  10. November 27, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Its gorgeous!
    will you explain more about how you fixed the wood sticks to the paper shade?
    What kind of pins did you use? I wanna make one also

    • November 27, 2012 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks! I used regular pins. I've fixed them through the cardboard and wooden sticks and added a bit of white glue.

  11. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 / 5:44 am

    What kind of wood sticks do you use?

    • November 28, 2012 / 4:19 pm

      I used regular sticks I found in my DIY store. The important thing is the length (18 "/ 45 cm) to match with the cardboard dimensions.

  12. December 14, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    Please take the following in the spirit it was intended: A clever idea, & totally cute paper, but I can't, in good conscience, share a link to to this tutorial. It isn't well written. You have left out a lot of details regarding the materials, like source suggestions, & like the weight of the cardboard ("light"? How light?), & you've yet to actually explain what kind of pins you used. What do mean by "regular" pins? Safety pins? Push pins? Straight pins? What? And those "sticks" would be better described as dowels, and dowels come in different thicknesses, so telling people the size would be useful. Telling them that dowels are available at many hardware/home improvement stores would also be helpful. Suggesting that the dowels be painted in a color that matches the thread, & suggesting that the paint for the dowels pick up a color in the pattern on the paper would also be good to include in your instructions.I'm only writing this because I'm disappointed & frustrated. The basic idea is very smart, & frugal, & the shade is pretty & the photos are excellent, so I would've loved to have been able to share it w/ my followers.

    • January 11, 2013 / 2:17 am

      Sorry if the explanations are not clear, I try to do my best since English is not my native language. Here are the answers to your questions:
      The carton must be flexible so 1mm thick is perfect, I use push pin (cf. photo), what matters for the wood pieces is the length (45 cm – 18 ") and I bought them at Bodega Aurrera (only useful for Mexicans readers;) And regarding color and finish, I think it's to each one to choose according to their tastes!

    • Sarah
      March 21, 2013 / 7:46 pm

      Ama, your tutorial with the accompanying pictures is MORE than sufficient. It is excellent and easy to follow and anyone with half a brain, eyes, and common sense could follow along just fine.

      For a blogger to be "disappointed" and "frustrated" and unable "in good conscience" to share this tutorial is a bit far-fetched. I'm not sure, exactly, in what spirit the above comment WAS intended, but I could not, "in good conscience," let it slide. All of the pretty compliments do not make up for the condescending and derogatory nature of the comment overall. If she wanted to share the tutorial, she could have simply asked for points of clarification and then SHARED IT, after giving you credit for it.


      Bonus kudos to you for handling her rude behavior with kindness, class, and grace. I, obviously, can not do the same.

      • Cat
        September 30, 2017 / 8:22 pm


    • March 21, 2013 / 9:02 pm

      Sarah, thank you for your comment, it made ​​me laugh! … But you know I'd rather spend the time to craft and share things on my blog than getting angry about some nasty comment! Have a nice day!

  13. Anonymous
    January 11, 2013 / 12:08 am

    Thanks for posting! You included enough detail to spark my interest in creating a shade of my own out of similar materials. And the pictures you included really helped make the instructions easy to understand. I'm going to assume that there are cultural differences in some of the terminology for supplies (yay for our diverse world!!), but the way you described everything made perfect sense to me. I LOVE the paper you chose. Very cute!!

  14. January 22, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Can you tell me what kind of board you used to attach the paper to? I can't find anything long enough.

    • January 22, 2013 / 4:48 pm

      You can make it in 2 part, cutting 2 pieces of 29" x 12" and gluing it together!
      I used thin white board, 1 mm or less that way it can be bend easily.

    • January 30, 2013 / 4:31 pm

      What about using standard poster board? I believe it comes big enough to make a lamp shade.

    • Anithra
      January 31, 2013 / 1:01 pm

      I was also wondering if poster board would be sufficent? Has anyone made the lampshade and used it on a standing lamp as opposed to suspending it from the ceiling?I read an earlier post asking if it was possible to use it in that manner but I am still confused as to how that would work…..

  15. Anonymous
    February 2, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    Wow this is a great idea. I love that we can pick any paper to match our decor. I think you used what i call( dress) pins the ones with tiny balls on the ends not sure . I hope i get to make this shade for a little girls room in the future.

    • Anonymous
      March 22, 2015 / 10:36 am

      Push pins i believe in the UK are called 'Drawing pins', the type of pin with a round flat head, that you can put notices onto pin boards with 🙂

  16. April 4, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Lamp shades are the finishing accessories for antique lighting. Thanks for sharing a very interesting and informative stuff, keep it up!

    lamp shades boston

  17. June 23, 2013 / 12:59 pm


    • June 23, 2013 / 10:25 pm

      Gracias! que bueno que la vas hacer para tu casa! la pantalla que hice esta en el cuarto de mija y sigue igual de bonita que al primer dia!

  18. July 13, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    O Idioma de Meu País, é Português, então suas publicações, deveriam ser no idioma de cada País em que vcs publicam… Aproveitaremos, muito mais suas idéias, que são muito interessantes, grata…

  19. July 26, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    To address the people commenting about using it on a lamp rather than hanging it from the ceiling, as long as you can place the wood dowels on the supports of your existing lamp, this would work. The easiest thing to do would be to wrap your existing lampshade with the cardboard and/or paper. You could also copy the supports on your existing lampshade using these dowels. For fire safety, you obviously should not put anything directly on the lightbulb.

  20. August 2, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    genia!!!! me encNTO SUPER FACIL y se puede usar en cualquier habitacion

    • August 3, 2013 / 12:37 am

      Gracias! Si,solo le cambias el papel para uno a tu gusto y listo para usarse donde quieras!

  21. September 7, 2013 / 3:32 am

    Hello Ama,

    I've just made one of this lampshade for our boys room. And I have to admire your work. My creation is far away from the beauty you've made.
    Due to beeing so keen to follow your tutorial, I've used only materials having currently available at home. Therefore I had to work with way much smaller sticks (only about 11" lenght), paper just in size of an A4 (very similar to Letter size – had to glue 3 of them together) and incorrect glue for the wrapping paper I've used for decorating. The result is something between circle and round-cornered-square shape 🙂 BUT…
    … I've enjoyed every little step of creating it and will definitely try it again.. and maybe again.. 🙂

    Many greetings from Prague and thank you for this fabulous inspiration! Where did you get it?


    • September 7, 2013 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks Anna for your nice comment! I'm sure your lampshade look good, and the next one will be better! The one you see on this post is my second realization! I "invented" this system because I couldn't find the traditional wire lampshades supplies to make one!

  22. Christine
    September 26, 2013 / 6:46 pm

    Hi Ama,

    I really love this lampshade! Thanks for posting this tutorial. I absolutely have to try this!
    I also love the hexagonal shape you used on the ceiling. How did you attach it?

    • September 26, 2013 / 7:37 pm

      Hi Christine, How did I attach the hexagon or the lampshade? The hexagon is just a piece of folded paper so I glue it on the ceiling, and the lampshade is suspended on the bulb (around the neck of the bottle)…I hope I answered your question…

  23. Anonymous
    October 15, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    Does the light bulb get hot enough to melt the plastic holder? Please let me know if your project worked out long term. If so, I'm eager to try this also.

    • October 16, 2013 / 12:06 am

      Hello, the lampshade is in my daughter bedroom since I made it (almost a year) And no, the plastic didn't melt, and she forgot several time to turn the light off! But It's very important to use energy saving bulb, it doesn't heat!

  24. Anonymous
    October 14, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    An amazing, ingenious idea! I am so pumped to try this, since I've been looking for 2 lampshades bud didn't want to break the budget for the . Thanks so much for sharing . 🙂

  25. Anonymous
    October 29, 2014 / 7:40 am

    This is perfect. I just need to figure out how to modify it to fit on a desk lamp rather than a hanging lamp.

  26. May 21, 2015 / 8:49 am

    Thanks for sharing this. Really, I got ideas from here to make a light shade. It is like doing it yourself business for those who are interested to invent new things.

  27. May 21, 2015 / 10:57 am

    This is fabulous! thank u for sharing!

  28. October 24, 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Hola, como se llama el cartoncillo que usaste? Que marca? Donde lo compraste? Viene en rollo?
    He estado buscando online, pero no lo encuentro. Vivo en US (en un pueblo pequeño de TX). He buscado en Staples, office depot, michaels, hobby lobby. Pero todo el cartoncillo que venden es de tamaño normal (como de una hoja de papel) o para invitaciones.

    • October 25, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      Hola, es un cartón blanco de 1mm de espesor. Vienen en hoja de diferente tamaño. Creo que lo puedes encontrar en office depot, son del tamaño de las hojas de cartulina. Vas a necesitar varios pliegos, solo tienes que cortarlos y pegarlos juntos para alcanzar la medida correcta. Espero que vas a poder encontrarlo!

  29. December 29, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Me ha encantado, es una idea fantástica!! Soy fan del reciclaje y decoración low cost, y precisamente tengo en el salón de mi casa una bombilla colgando que espera una pantalla, por lo que voy a probar tu idea.
    Aprovecho para invitarte a compartir esta entrada y otras que tengas en nuestra fiesta de enlaces llamada Sweet Inspiration, que se abre cada viernes por la tarde. Seguro que otras muchas compañeras podrían inspirarse con tus ideas…
    Felices fiestas!!

  30. January 17, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    This is a great thing to do with children, I'm going to show it to my younger cousin.

    • February 15, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      You can do it with kids but they will need an adult supervision when it comes to place the dowels with the push pins. Have fun crafting.

  31. Anonymous
    February 10, 2017 / 1:21 am

    hermosa, gracias por compartir esta idea, a mi me parecio grandiosa y facilisima de entender, hacia tiempo buscaba ideas de lamparas y me habia dado por vencida, hoy, que ya no estaba buscando, encontre tu blog, te felicito por tanta creatividad, estoy segura que mas de tres estamos agradecidas por esta idea, creo que con una luz de LED quedaria muy bien, ya que estas no generan calor, son un poco caros, pero se compensa con el ahorro de hacer nosotras mismas la lampara.

    • February 15, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Hola, gracias por tu lindo comentario <3 si exacto funciona perfectamente con bulbo LED!

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