Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Diy: Pleated Lampshade Covers

Posted on | May 6, 2009 | 5 Comments

Many of you feel in love with Rie Elise Larsen’s pleated lampshades I posted yesterday. I found diy instructions on marthastewart.com so that we can all make our own. Super easy. Basically you fold decorative paper accordian style, holes are punches around the shade, and a string is threaded through the holes to pull the shade together. See the full instructions here.

Need a source for decorative paper to make the shades? Try Paper Source for a large selection of Japanese, Indian, and European papers. A few of my favorites below. Also try using wrapping paper, wallpaper, or paper you have hand stamped. Have fun!

Paper Source Decorative Papers

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5 Responses to “Diy: Pleated Lampshade Covers”

  1. Waxy
    May 6th, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    Sweet – Nice find! I'll have to save that so I can try it one day!


  2. Terri
    May 6th, 2009 @ 7:59 am

    I love this idea, thanks for posting it.


  3. Helen
    May 6th, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    Too cool. Thanks, Katy!


  4. Denise Fasanello
    May 6th, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

    terrific. thanks!


  5. Roxane
    September 29th, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    I made some pleated shades from wallpaper back in the early 90’s for my bedroom lamps. I have a fabulous book, “Decorating with Paper” by Donna Lang & Lucretia Robertson that has some amazing ideas for creative looks using wallpapers,art prints, gift wrap, etc.


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