Published on February 12th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Tissue paper lampshade

Susan has seen a few good lantern lampshades around and wanted to make her own. This seems really simple to do but the effect is quite something. Love the glowing coral look.

She says, “I used the basic Ikea Regolit lampshade (just the paper globe) in the medium size ($5), and a package of tissue paper from Target ($1.99).Starting at the bottom, I cut strips of tissue paper into a fringe and just glued around and around till I got to the top! It looks pretty outer-spacey or deep sea. Connecting it to the ceiling fixture in my room was a little challenging, but involved 3 binder clips and some wire – I wanted to make sure it was far enough from the bulb to not catch fire.

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23 Responses to Tissue paper lampshade

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  2. Anonymous says:

    What kind of glue did you use?

  3. corygee says:

    omg, this is amazing.
    ikea is a great place to shop, but i love how you have developed their design further. :)

  4. tissue papers says:

    Awesome dude!!! you proved tissue papers are not only used for wrapping or hygiene purpose… this is simply superb

  5. 4oClock says:

    So simple yet so cool!

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  7. Angie says:

    That’s so fun!

  8. j00nior says:

    This is an amazing idea. I’m getting my first apartment in a few months and I think I’ll borrow this idea =)

  9. ben says:

    Genius. Looks great.

    In the UK we used to have a BBC childrens programme called Blue Peter where they would make things like this. Of course, this is more for adults!

  10. Wow, that’s actually very creative and it looks pretty good!

  11. Bangs says:

    It is pretty far from the bulb (for those of you worriers), the bulb is about in the middle of it, and I AM using a CFL bulb – even it it’s on for a long time, it doesn’t really get hot inside.

    It’s attached to a standard ceiling, screw in light fixture (the kind that usually has a glass globe on it). The fixture has three screws (for attaching the globe). I unscrewed them halfway, put the lampshade over the fixture, reached up through and attached the binder clips to the screws, so the brace against the top of the shade. Secured them with the wire that comes with the lampshade.

    Whole project took less than two hours to do, probably another half hour to totally dry.


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  13. Wow, well done! How long did that take you?

  14. Rachel says:

    This is so cool! I love it! I’ll be linking.

  15. fulanito says:

    That is way cool.

  16. Joey "le grand" Montana says:

    That’s realy awesome!!! I will take this as an inspiration!

  17. Alexa says:

    Re light temperatures… maybe all these people are using compact fluorescent bulbs, which use less energy and put out a lot less heat. I have a cardstock paper shade directly on a 13 watt CFL and have had no scorching, let alone burning.

  18. Alexa says:

    All you need is a shag carpet!

  19. Tien says:

    So cool! This might be a project for a kid’s room that I’m going to help decorate. Awesome!

    (Truthfully, I want one myself, but can’t figure out where I’d put it.)

  20. Anonymous says:

    cute, but sorry, but that doesn’t qualify as “far enough from the bulb” – hope you have an extinguisher nearby!

  21. Disco Jess says:

    This is really cool! I’ll have to try it. I’ve done a lot with those lamp shades over the years, mainly with tissue paper. Never thought of doing a fringe, looks really nice!

  22. Rachella says:

    That’s lovely, a work of art.

  23. Heather says:

    I have to know how you installed it with the wire/binder clips. Was it originally a recessed light?

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