DIY Woven Lampshade

A few weeks back, I purchased some pretty nice lamps for $5 each at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. There was only one problem: they lacked lampshades.

Luckily, Habitat also has a selection of lampshades. It reminds me of buying mix and match bathing suits, just with lamps and lampshades instead of tops and bottoms. The only thing, was that they didn't have two identical lampshades to match my two identical lamps.

So instead, I grabbed these:

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame
This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

They weren't identical lampshades, but they were the same shape and size, which was all I needed to DIY something cute.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

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DIY Woven Lampshade

Materials
  • 4 mm Macrame Cord - I needed 200 yards per lampshade.
  • Old Lampshade - I found mine for $2 each at my local thrift store.
  • Scissors
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Step 1: Remove Old Fabric From Lampshade

I used scissors to cut into the lampshade, then pulled all the fabric and liner off the wire frame.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

I was concerned when I saw how rusty the frame was, but it didn't cause any problems.

Step 2: Weave Horizontal Cord

Tie a basic knot on the top of one of the vertical pieces.I tied a double knot just to make sure everything is secure. If you are a fancy knot person, feel free to tie a fancier knot, but a basic knot worked fine for me.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Weave cord around the lampshade. At each vertical piece, wrap the cord around the metal once, then keep going around the lampshade.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

I kept the cord attached to the spool in order to have one continuous piece, and just moved the spool around the metal when needed.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame
This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame
This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

When the spool no longer fit through the wire (the cord was in the way,) I estimated how much cord I needed to reach the bottom of the shade, added more yards just to be safe, then cut the cord.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Once the vertical pieces are completely covered in cord, tie a knot around a vertical piece to secure the cord in place. Leave a couple inches extra, then cut any excess cord.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame
Step 3: Add Vertical Cord

Cut a piece of cord that is two times the distance between the top and bottom of the shade, plus a couple extra inches on each end. In my case, this was about 30 inches. See photo below.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Fold the cord in half, and use the middle loop to make a slipknot on the top row of cord.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame
This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Tuck the ends of the slipknot behind the horizontal cord, in the middle part of the shade.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Repeat this process along the top wire of the shade, adding another cord and slipknot directly above the first.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Then bring all four cords back to the front of the shade about halfway down.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Tie each cord to the bottom of the lampshade frame. Once again, a basic knot is fine.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Leave a couple inches of cord remaining to act as fringe.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Repeat until vertical cord has been added around the entire shade.

Step 4: Prepare Fringe

Unravel the fringe, then trim it with scissors so that it is even all the way around the shade.

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

Then attach the lampshade to the lamp, and enjoy!

Final Thoughts

This is an easy but time consuming project - definitely something you want to do while watching TV or listening to a podcast. The result, though, is worth the investment!

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

And it's not a very expensive project. The original lampshades cost me $2 each, and the cord was 12-ish dollars a roll. 

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

I love the way it turned out, and am so glad I took the time to do this project! If you like it too, be sure to save this post to Pinterest so you can find it again later! And if you want to stay updated on all of my recent projects, be sure to follow me on Instagram so you know exactly what's going on!

This DIY Woven Lampshade is easy to make and doesn't require any fancy macrame knots. A budget project to bring some texture to your lighting! #DIYProjects #Macrame

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