HOW TO MAKE… A VENEER LAMPSHADE
10m (11yd) veneer tape, 1cm ( 3 /8") wide Wood glue Lampshade spider Bulldog clips Sculptural, a little bit retro and a total bargain – that’s our kinda lampshade. And let us introduce your new home décor crush: the humble yet somehow impressive veneer edging tape. It’s easy to work with (no drilling, sawing or sanding), plus wooden tones really warm up a room. If a colour pop’s your thing, paint or spray the veneer strips before assembling.
The lampshade is made up of inner and outer hoops. For the lampshade inner, cut eight 50cm Belçim Sarıeyyüpoglu Turkish craft blogger Belçim is a freelance editor for an interiors magazine. She travels regularly, and her adventures are often what inspire her makes. www.bikagitbimakas.blogspot.com (19¾") pieces of veneer tape. For the lampshade outer, cut 13 80cm (31½") pieces of veneer tape.
To make the inner hoops, apply wood glue to the end of one of the 50cm (19¾") strips, as shown, and join into a hoop.
Repeat with all of the 50cm (19¾") strips to create eight hoops. To hold the ends of veneer strip together, use bulldog clips or paperclips until the glue is completely dry.
Once the eight hoops are dry, you can begin to make the inner lampshade. First, glue two hoops on top of each other, as shown, but don’t glue them together at the bottom. Then glue another hoop on top of the two hoops and continue until all eight pieces are attached. Refer to the images as a guide for placement.
Draw a circle the circumference of the lampshade spider on the unglued bottom of the hoops and carefully cut it out.
Once cut, the strips will separate from each other. Stick the separated strips side by side as shown, applying glue to the corner of each end and leaving a hole large enough to fit the lampshade spider inside.
For the lampshade outer, make loops with the 80cm (31½") lengths by gluing the strips to the edge of the hole at the top of the lampshade, as shown.
Glue the loops in place where they cross over at the bottom of the lampshade, then clip the strips in place until the glue is dry.
Finally, place the lampshade spider in the hole and glue in place. Leave until completely dry.