Butterfly Lampshade

Butterfly Lampshade

I got this idea from an article in a Spanish home interiors magazine the other week, and it was one of those inspirations where I immediately thought 'I could do that!'  The lampshade cost just under $50,  but my version will set you back a closer to $10 and an afternoon of crafty fun.

What you'll need:
  • Colored Acetate Sheets. You can buy a pack with various colors, or stick to one shade to co-ordinate with a room's decor.
  • Craft Knife or Scissors. 
  • Basic Lamp Hardware.  You can either buy a kit, or simply dismantle an old lampshade.  You can probably pick up a cheap, shabby old lampshade at a flea market or dollar.  Since you only need the findings it doesn't matter what it looks like.  (Just make sure it will attach to your existing light fitting)
  • Butterfly Stencil or picture to outline.  Print out a butterfly shape from online,  or cut out a butterfly from a magazine.  As long as you like the general shape and can draw around it, it'll work.  You can use different sizes and shapes of butterflies for an even more varied look.
  • Stringing material such as a thick thread, parachute cord, or fishing line.
  • Pencil


Directions (there aren't many!):

  • Using your stencil draw butterfly shapes onto the acetate. 
  • Cut out the butterflies
  • Using a darning needle, make a small hole at the top and bottom of each butterfly.
  • Tie the stringing material onto each butterfly, creating strands.  You can make the strands different lengths, or keep them uniform.
  • Tie the strands to the lampshade hardware ready to be used on the light fitting.
  • Voila!  (Told you it was easy.)