Home Designing – Wall Sconce Shades

If you’ve always wanted to add shades of DIY wall lights to a fixture that didn’t include them, this little tutorial is for you!

I recently purchased two of these 3 light wall lights from Wayfair. (The application can be found here.)

I’m not quite ready to share where I’m going to use them. You have to stay tuned for this.

But I do not like bare bulbs, so I searched and searched for the perfect shades to match the sconces. The problem is that the arms of the sconce are very close to each other, so everything that flares up at all will not work. And since the arms are so long and thin, the standard high gloss shades seemed ridiculous. I needed high, thin shades and cylindrical shape. I also wanted fabric lampshades (not glass) with the lamp clips. Add up all these requirements, and what you have are nuances of wall lights that really do not exist. My only option was to make mine.

How To Make Your Own DIY Wall Lamp Shade

After thinking a lot about what I could use to make the perfect wall lights for DIY, I came across these cardboard tailpipes. They measure just over 3 inches in diameter and the inside measures exactly three inches in diameter. They were perfect for my colors!

I had just enough to make six shades of 6.5 inches tall. After cutting them, I used 220 grit sandpaper to clean the cut edges.

I still needed the clip rings to fit inside, which actually hold the shades to the bulbs. I found some little nuances at Lowe’s that had perfect rings. They were a little less than 4 each apiece, but I rummaged through the stacks of shades to find as many as possible that had no packaging and were dirty and/or bumpy, and then asked if they would sell them at a reduced price. I always ended up getting them for 2 each, which is actually affordable than what I found the clips sold separately online.

So, after disassembling Lowe’s gloss shadows, I was ready to put the clip rings into the sending tube shades.

I didn’t want rings just at the top of the blinds, so I used painter tape just around the top edge as a spacer…

And then mark the edge of the strip with a pencil.

Then I used this pencil mark as a guide to place the clip ring.

I rummaged in to find my reserve supply, the tape is stronger than me, and it was in the ribbon aluminum, which is used are the pipelines of heating, ventilation or the facilities of solar tubes. This thing is one of the most resistant and sticky tapes I’ve ever used, so I was sure it would hold the ring perfectly. I cut it into small pieces to make it easier to handle, and I used eight small pieces to hold each ring in place.

With the ring and ribbon in place, I painted the inside of the tubes with two layers of paint. The color was not important. I just needed the paint to seal the cardboard and make it less porous.

When the paint was completely dry, I used a spray glue for the metal foil, and then covered the inside with gold foil. It was a tight fit and it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but with a little patience I eventually covered all the interior surfaces.

I covered the outside of the lampshades of the wall lamp with a thick canvas that has a linen-like appearance. I cut the pieces so that they wrap around the shade and wrap about 1/2 inch. I put a strip of permanent tape along the vertical edge of the fabric and put it on the lampshade.

Wrapping in this way eliminated any volume that would have been there if I had bent the edge of the fabric, and with the tape right on the edge of the fabric it will prevent the fabric from unraveling.

I finished the shades by cutting out the excess fabric and then tying matching BIAS TAPE around the top and bottom of the shades to cover the cut edges. I first wrapped it around the outside of the shadow, fixing the ends with hot glue. Then I wrapped the tape at an angle around the edges and in the shade, fixing it with tape.

And that’s it! I repeated it five times, and now I have the perfectly shaped and perfectly sized shades for my appliqués.

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