WHAT TO DO WITH ...
These projects will leave you asking, “Is that really made from cardboard?”
Don’t throw it away! Upcycle this humble material into surprisingly sophisticated
home decor and accessories.
PENDANT LAMPSHADE MATERIALS
• Single-face corrugated cardboard (See “Cardboard
101,” page 43.)
• Utility knife
• Cutting board
• 8-inch-diameter wire ring with lampshade frame
(We removed the fabric from a shade.)
• 2 salvaged wire lampshade rings: 8-inch-diameter,
• Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
• Electrical cord swag kit (Ours is from World Market.) Step 1 With the cardboard’s ridged side facing the cutting board, use a utility knife and straightedge to cut 1×12-inch strips. You will need 42. Change blades if needed to maintain a clean, sharp edge.
Step 2 Set the 8-inch-diameter ring with lampshade frame on a work surface. For the first strip: With its ridged side down, bend the end of the strip over the wire ring. Hot-glue it into place without getting glue on the ring so the strip can move freely. Repeat with 20 more strips (A).
Step 3 Repeat the process to attach 21 cardboard strips—ridged sides down—to the other 8-inchdiameter wire ring (B).
Step 4 Center the 17-inch ring on top of the 8-inch ring with its strips (ridged sides down) radiating out and lying flat. For all 21 strips: Bend and glue the end of each strip to the 17-inch ring (C), making sure the strips can move freely.
Step 5 Flip the connected rings over so the ridged sides face up. Set connected rings over the top of the lampshade frame (D).
Step 6 Glue the ends of the radiating strips into place on the 17-inch ring, alternating them between the existing attached strips. Make sure all strips can still move freely.
Step 7 Flip the completed lampshade over. Hang the swag cord from the ceiling, attach the cardboard shade, add a bulb, and plug the cord into an outlet to illuminate your space.
PACKAGED PENDANT Add industrial inspiration to your dining room with a lampshade made from corrugated cardboard, salvaged wire rings, and an electrical cord swag kit, opposite and above.ACBDALTERNATING UPPER AND LOWER CARDBOARD STRIPS ON THE MIDDLE RING UNITES THE TWO HALVES WHILE LEAVING GAPS THAT LET LIGHT SHINETHROUGH.