Pomp And Circumstance

DIY Balsa Wood Lamp Shade

Posted in D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on July 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a great DIY for you guys. It is SO EASY, and I was super excited with the end result.

Check ‘er out!

Materials: Lamp shade, balsa wood (different amounts depending on the length/width you get, but buy extra because you’ll need more than you think – also, get balsa wood that is super thin and bendy, that way you don’t have to steam the balsa to get it to bend), glue gun, and glue sticks (obvies)

Note: I only used glue on the very edges of each piece

Step 1: Line the top and bottom edge of the shade

Step 2: Add pieces willy nilly! Tuck the ends into other pieces and wrap in a manner that leaves a little space and isn’t completely flat against the shade

Step 3: Keep adding! Keep tucking! My goal was to have all the ends tucked so none were showing

Step 4: Stand back and admire your beautiful creation. After all, you are a very talented individual.

And there she blows! Standing in all her my-mama-just-made-me glory!

Check out my last DIY lamp shade here!

And while you’re at it, find me on Instagram! My username is misspomp

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  1. Clouds of Colour said, on July 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Ohhhh this is beautiful! LOVE it!

  2. Aleksandra said, on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 am

    You are so talented!

  3. thriftykristy said, on July 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Love the texture against the navy! Very cool!

  4. northofseven said, on July 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    pardon my language, but this is ___ng fantastic! what a gorgeous shade! thanks for the DIY potential inspiration!

  5. Annie said, on July 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

    where did you buy the balsa wood? thanks

  6. Danielle said, on July 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I would also like to know where one would buy balsa wood, as well as the specific lengths/widths you used for this project. Gorgeous!

  7. Jenna said, on July 19, 2012 at 8:20 am

    THANK YOU! I have been searching for a way to re-do my vintage 1950’s tall drum lampshade. The only options I’ve found up until now were expensive (hiring someone to put polystyrene wrap around it). Currently I have wide satin ribbon around it, but it’s so unstable and it gets wrinkly. I’m going to try this method. Do you know if there’s a way to attach the balsa wood to the bottom and top circle frames of the shade? Were’ talking bare bones…thank you again for this post. Keep up the great, inspiring posts.

  8. Rhonda said, on July 22, 2012 at 6:00 am

    This is awesome. where do you get the balsa wood?

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  10. Danielle said, on July 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Yes, please, please, please tell us where you got the balsa wood (even if it’s a source local to you)! I have searched high and low all throughout my city and no one has any balsa strips that are thin enough to be flexible enough for this project. Thank you!

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    I just purchased the balsa from Michael’s. Even though they are thin it seems to need a bit of steaming to avoid breaking. Hopefully that will help it out.

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    Great tutorial, I love all the texture!

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    I’m looking at doing at doing something similar to your lampshade. Can you please tell me the measurements of your lampshade and of the wood-thickness width and length. Also I am thinking of staining the wood. After doing this project would you recommend it and if so what point in the project? Also after having only glued the ends, did it remain stuck ?

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