We’ll be wishing on a star this Christmas, a star-shaped lampshade that is! Completely unique, our star-shaped frames, together with our Lampshade Making PVC, make a lampshade like no other and will definitely be a talking point with your guests!
Not available to buy on the high street, our six-pointed star-shaped lampshade is the perfect vehicle for either a patterned or plain fabric and would look just as good in a space-themed fabric in a child’s room, as it would in a beautiful liberty print!
Read on to find out about panel sizes, making tips and hints and our step-by-step tutorial to make a Star Shaped Lampshade of your own!
About our Star Shaped Frames
Used to make hardbacked or rigid lampshades, our Star Lampshade Ringsets connect with UK and European Lampholders LINK or pendant fittings and can also be used with USA Harp & Finial fittings, by using our converting washers.
The Star Lampshade Ringset
1 x 30cm Diameter Star Lampshade Plain Frame 1 x 30cm Diameter Star Lampshade Frame Utility Frame 1 x E27 / E26 to B22 / E14 Lampshade Reducer / Converter Adapter (fitted)
Materials you will need
1 x roll of 9mm Double-Sided Tape
1 x roll of Soft Furnishing Tape
1 x Rolled Edge Tool
Covering of your choice - woven fabric, wallpaper or paper:
· 30cm diameter – 120cm x chosen depth of panel plus 5 cm
· 40cm diameter – 150cm x chosen depth of panel plus 5 cm
Clean flat working surface
Scissors or sharp craft knife
Seam Roller (optional)
Ensure your covering is ironed and crease-free.
How to make your Star Lampshade
1. Cut your Standard Lampshade Making PVC to size using the measurements in the box above.
2. Cut down your covering to a workable size. Place the right side down and position the panel, backing paper side down on top.
3. When you’re happy with placement peel back approximately 5 -10cm of the release paper and stick onto your covering.
Tip: Use a weight such as tin to stop the panel moving.
4. Smoothing out from the middle, press the adhesive firmly onto the fabric pulling away the until all the release paper is removed.
Tip: Check the fabric for creases. If you find one peel the fabric back and smooth it down again.
5. Add our Self Adhesive Strip along the top and bottom of the panel, making sure the ends are in line with the short edges.
6. Cut away the surplus covering, with scissors, or a craft knife, using the edge of the panel as your guide.
7. Carefully remove the Self Adhesive Strip to avoid fraying, remove the kiss cut strip, which will reveal a margin of covering.
8. Apply Soft Furnishings Tape to one short side of the PVC panel.
9. On each frame, find the join in the white coating. Place over each other to ensure they match and mark with a pencil.
10. Apply 9mm double-sided tape to both of the frames. Before pushing the tape around the frame round the frame, snip the tape on each side of the frame at each inverted corner. This helps the tape to wrap around the frame.
11. Remove the release paper from the double-sided tape on the utility frame. Cut a 2-3ccm section of Soft Furnishing Tape and position inside the inner point of the star, facing outwards. Remove the backing and wrap the tape around the frame.
12. The frames will be sticky and ready to fix to the panel. Position the frame marks (Step 9) on the PVC edge and start to fold towards the taped seam edge.
Top Tip: Keep the frame in line with the PVC edge throughout. If you deviate, move back and correct. Tilting the frame towards the top of the shade will help.
13. Move the frames towards the taped edge. Using your fingers to bring the PVC panel up towards the frame and secure it in place. Continue to move the frame along the panel.
14. When you reach the seam (the overlap) remove the release paper on the Soft Furnishing Tape.
15. At the seam ensure the two panels overlap each other to create a continuous straight edge at the top and bottom of the panel.
16. Close the seam by gently pressing. Place the seam on a hard surface and apply firm pressure with your hand to close. If you have a seam roller this can help secure the seam.
17. From the top, push the fabric towards the inside of the lampshade and so the fabric adheres to the rings.
18. Snip the covering in line with the struts on the ring, with the tips of the scissors, to allow the fabric to be folded behind.
19. Use the rolled edge tool, to push the fabric behind the rings. Push the tool into the gap and swipe around the frame until all the fabric is tucked behind.
22. You will now have a professionally finished top quality lampshade
Love a Unique Shaped Shade?
Our Y-Frame lampshade is just one of many different frames and kits that we stock. If geometric takes your fancy, choose from hexagon, triangular or rectangular-shaped lampshades frames and kits. Prefer a softer edge to your lampshades? Try a classic oval, rounded rectangle or rounded square, which are available as both frames and kits.
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