Lamp Shade - An old kurta put to good use...

When we decided to do away with some of the old clothes, we thought we could put one of my old kurtas to good use... And thus began our first experiment with lamp shades.
making a lamp shade using old fabric / kurta
DIY Fabric Lamp Shade
Incidentally this is the first shade that we ever made... and was quite a learning experience. We used flat sticks to build the frame... and because it was flat, the shade looks a little odd from the side. While we have moved on and started using sticks that look the same on all the sides, this one still remains special. We are still wondering whether to use it with a lamp stand, or plant it on the wall, or hang it in the room :)

It was only after this that we started exploring shades using fabric... The rich color and the ethnicity that they exude when lit is quite interesting. Just the perfect option when we needed to match the shade with the rest of the living room accessories.

So, what do you think ? Leave us your feedback.

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  1. the lampshade.. is a stunning idea!! :-)

  2. thnaks... glad that we cud find good use for a good kurta that I wasn't using !

  3. beautiful! ur blog and ur work are so inspiring

  4. that was a nice idea!keep up the work Somu and Preethi

  5. Your works are great. would really like to see your home. I have been also wanting to make lampshades with some nice materials which I have , but did not know how to make them. Is it ok to make on frames made of wires.Do we have to give a lining to the materials.
    Really appreciate your work.
    Raji Nair

    1. Hi Raji,

      Thanks a lot for the feedback :) You certainly can make shades using wire frames. I used cotton printed fabric for this project and the inner lining is required. Without the linking the shade when lit will have a bleached look because there is no material available inside to mask the glare of the bulb.

      Hope this helps. Do write in should you need additional inputs. Are you from Chennai btw ? You are most welcome to come see our home :)


  6. Fantastic Post! Lot of information is helpful in some or the other way. Keep updating.wall lamp shades


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