How To Recycle An Old Lampshade Into A Chandelier

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I’ve been a recycler since way back before that way even a word, always finding ways to create new from old. Are you like that too? I found a tattered old lampshade at a thrift shop and new that it could have a a beautiful new life as a ribbon work chandelier and I’d like to tell you how I did that step by step in this tutorial. Are you with me?
chandelier made with ribbons

Art and creating pulls at my heartstrings and I have been feeling the need to get into my studio and I knew that this project would be a winner.

tulle lace lampshade

I have been making chandeliers, lamps and lamp shades for many years now. The one above was made (and sold) quite a few years back, but I recently found the image on Pinterest again and thought that I’d share.

materials for a lampshade

I had an orphaned large lampshade in my studio that has been sitting around for a couple of years, waiting for a fluffing of some sort…so out came the supplies today with a design in my head.

wire lampshade
I put together a VIDEO for you to see a bit more of the process below

I began by wrapping the entire frame in green seam binding, as I wanted a garden theme.

hand dyed blush pink ribbon

Taking some time, I hand painted the most beautiful antique silk ribbon that I found in France.

silk sari ribbon

You could also use silk sari ribbon that comes in a variety of shades and I love how the edges on these are tattered.

beautiful ribbon lamp shade

After the frame was wrapped in the seam binding, I wrapped additional layers of ribbon that have baby pink rose buds and also some ribbon with leaves attached.

lampshade with flowers

Then I worked with more hand dyed silk ribbons in lavenders…tying, twisting and twirling until it looked pleasing to my eye.

millinery lampshade

Vintage millinery was added as the finishing touch. I pulled most of the millinery off old church hats from the 1950’s era.

pink ribbon chandelier

I added the electrical component and it is now a working chandelier that is made to swag. The perfect end of day time to shoot it in the “golden hour” with some lovely light…

outdoor chandelier with ribbon

Extra Tips

Once you are satisfied with the look of your lampshade chandelier, the final step would be to electrify it. In this project I used a hanging lantern light kit with a plug at the end and put it through the center part of the top of the completed chandelier. The cord on these are pretty heavy duty, so you can simply wrap around a tree branch a couple of times to hang. If hanging outdoors, be sure to plug into a grounded outlet and remove when not in use.

These are so pretty for a bridal shower, farmhouse style outdoor wedding, baby shower, etc!

pink wedding chandelier
How To Recycle An Old Lampshade Into A Chandelier DIY

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  1. lilalee at fou fou lulu's says:

    I love your afternoon creations. Such a wonderful way to relax and unwind when your busy.

  2. I love love love love this, Janet! So whimsical and sweet! You are truly one talented artist, my friend. Love the way you create so much beauty from bits and bobs. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  3. says:

    This is just beautiful and so creative. I just really love it. I agree with Sandy, it would look amazing for a wedding. What a fun afternoon project

  4. Wanda Adamczyk says:

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  5. Gigi Harlan says:

    How cute! Isn't it cool when you find pictures of one of your projects on Pinterest? I am always so thrilled, lol.

  6. This is so cute! I love the colors and the freshness that speaks spring. I need to get back to creating too. I feel lost without it! Glad you got some creativity time! Hugs, Leena

  7. So beautiful and creative. Love the hand dyed ribbons also.

  8. Karen Marie Kedzuch says:

    Gorgeous! You are a talented woman.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  9. Leahy Beth says:

    Might we see a "before" picture of the bare base? Thanks! It's beautiful!!!

  10. Sister Patty says:

    I just love this — so pretty, so romantic!

    Thank you, Janet!

  11. Janet! I am in love with your beautiful little ribbon work chandeliers! Soooooo pretty! Thank you for sharing! I have a few shades that are bare and could use something like this to pretty them up! I hope you have a great week!

  12. That is so pretty!! I am seeing one of those above a rustic barnwood table or in a bedroom.

    Pinning this!

  13. This is darling, and I love how feminine and frilly it is! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! 🙂

  14. says:

    Simply adorable, I would love to try this!

  15. Gah! This is gorgeous! I just want to set up a tea party underneath it right now. Thanks for sharing!

  16. It's wonderful, my Neice is getting married in November and these would be great even done up in all whites and hanging about, even small mini shades on mini lamps as center pieces.
    I am do warding it to her Mother now!


  17. This is so sweet!! Reminds me of the Maypole we danced under in First Grade. Special memories. And, this technique can be used on so many things, not just a chandelier. Thank you for this, Janet!!! Muah!! <3
    ~Donna @ BelleWest