All you need is:
– A lamp cable with a socket (mine’s from Ikea)
– A light bulb (make sure it’s a LED lightbulb as these don’t become hot)
– a pencil
– a cutter
– painter’s tape
– white paint
– a brush
– an old flowerpot of the size you want the lampshade to be
– 6 Plenty kitchen rolls– the cardboard rolls only
Additionally: water and a bowl to stir the goo, news- and baking paper to let it dry
For the DIY lampshade rip 5 of the 6 rolls into pieces and stir the goo (according to the instructions on the packaging). Dip the carboard pieces into the goo mixture. Put the flowerpot on some newspaper with the hole at the bottom.
Spread the pieces all over the flowerpot, so it’s totally covered from the bottom to the top – at least 4 times! Put the pot on the baking paper. The baking paper lets the goo dry without sticking to it. Don’t throw out the rest of the goo, you will need it later on.
After 48 h the pot should be completely dry. Now make a cut from the top to the bottom and separate the cardboard from the flowerpot.
Rip the last paper towels roll into pieces and stick it over the cut with the rest of the goo. Let this dry over night.
Now paint the inside of the lampshade with the white paint and stick the painter’s tape across half of the pot and paint the bottom half as well.
Let the paint dry completely.
Now we need to add the cable and socket. For this draw a circle at the top at the size of the socket and cut a hole.
Press the socket through and secure the socket to the lampshade.
Now you only need to hang your lampshade at the desired place and voilá! Look, you just made yourself a lamp out of paper towels rolls.
Mine hangs now in the bedroom and shines bright and lovely.