THREE TO MAKE, BUY OR CUS­TOMISE

There are many lovely hand­made lamp­shades out there that of­fer a dis­tinc­tive al­ter­na­tive to the usual high-street of­fer­ings. They may also in­spire you to make or cus­tomise your own

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1 MAKE

If you are burst­ing with en­thu­si­asm to make some­thing for the home your­self, a lamp­shade is a good place to start. Not only could it save you some cash, you could make one that matches your cur­tains. The eas­i­est way to do it is with a lamp­shade mak­ing kit. There’s a fine choice at dan­nells. com, in­clud­ing a 15cm drum lamp­shade kit, £7.08. It comes with an ad­he­sive flame­proof PVC panel which you can at­tach to fab­ric of your choice or cus­tomise ac­cord­ing to your whim.

2 BUY

The va­ri­ety of lamp­shades made by de­signer mak­ers avail­able on­line means there is no ex­cuse for bor­ing light cov­er­ings. Joanna Cor­ney of Lume (lume­light­ing.co.uk) makes lamp­shades in her Hove stu­dio, in­clud­ing the im­mensely cov­etable Emer­ald Tra­di­tional shade, £110 (above) – a take on a tra­di­tional shade, with a pom-pom trim. She also runs lamp­shade mak­ing work­shops (in­clud­ing fairy lights), so you can learn to make your own from the master.

3 CUS­TOMISE

Get hold of a cheap lamp­shade, like the one above from diy.com, £5, and un­leash your cre­ativ­ity via the medium of fab­ric paint (Tulip Fab­ric Paint, £4.50 from hob­by­craft.co.uk), or prac­tise de­coupage, by glue­ing im­ages cut from mag­a­zines on the out­side, then var­nish­ing with a matt var­nish. Al­ter­na­tively, glue a new piece of ma­te­rial on to an ex­ist­ing drum lamp­shade with Dis­play Mount and trim with rib­bon, Ric Rac trim (£2.95 for 5m, john­lewis.com) or pom-pom trim (£3 per m, john­lewis.com).

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