How to Make My Own Mini Lamp Shade With Vellum Paper

Mini vellum lamp shades are the perfect size for small table decorations. For large gatherings -- such as weddings or birthdays -- these lamp shades are the ideal size for wine-glass candles. Small vellum shades will soften the light and provide a soft glow for the people at the table. Each shade takes only one piece of vellum to make, and vellum is available in a large variety of colors. Print your name or the guest of honor on the shade with a date to make a wonderful keepsake from the event.

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Printed pattern
  • Vellum paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue pen
  • Cut the printed pattern with scissors.

  • Trace the pattern onto a piece of vellum paper with a pencil.

  • Cut around the lines carefully to cut out the shade.

  • Draw a line of glue down one of the straight sides of the vellum shade.

  • Wrap the shade around to place the other straight side onto the line of glue. Press firmly and hold for about one minute.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before gluing, use craft punches to make small designs in the shade.
  • Draw on the shade with markers, or print a design onto the vellum before tracing the pattern.
  • Cut the shade into panels and stitch them together with string.
  • Place a tealight candle in a wine glass or a juice glass and cover the glass with the shade.


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