How to Make a Chandelier Shade

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If you have an outdated chandelier hanging around, cover it up with an easy to make chandelier shade. This is an inexpensive alternative to replacing the light fixture and requires no wiring. You can customize your chandelier shade to match your existing decor for a clean, neat look. This project takes about two hours and costs less than you'd pay for even a cheap new fixture.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic frames for chandelier shades
  • Plastic, fabric or stained glass
  • Fabric reinforcement
  • Glue gun
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Trim
  • Beads, baubles and bangles (optional)
  • Decide whether you want a clear glass look, a fabric shade or stained glass look. Choose a shape that you want the shades to be. Most people believe that you only have one choice, but it's almost unlimited when you begin to investigate frames.

  • Purchase the size and shape of frames that you want to use. You can find frames for a lampshade, which work well for chandeliers, at craft shops.

  • Cover the frame that you chose. You can use fabric, choose to make a stained glass look or even use inexpensive plastic sheeting. If you use solid plastic sheeting or a stained glass look, cut out the shape or the opening on the frame.

  • Make the cover of fabric. Measure the distance around the frame and the height. Iron on backing to your favorite fabric so the material is stiff. Glue the fabric to the lamp with a glue gun. To make the frame more secure use an overlapping stitches at the top and bottom of the frame. Trim with complementary cotton tape along the edge.

  • Bejewel the frame. Use dangly beads and crystals to hang from the bottom of the shade. The light reflection is dramatic.

  • Get exotic. You can use any type of fabric to cover the shade. Leopard skin fake fur creates the jungle look. Fun tiki prints or shells on the shade put you in Polynesia. Let your imagination be your guide. A good glue gun allows you to make any choice.

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