Easy DIY Project: pierced and cut lampshades
This DIY project uses a ready-made paper lamp shade suitable for a table lamp, although it is not difficult to cut the pattern, you should be extremely careful when using a sharp- bladed craft knife. Never be tempted to place your fingers on the paper as you cut.Children are advised not to try this without any elder person by any chance.
Before we get started, you will need:
- Stiff paper lamp shade.
- Low- tack masking tape.
- Tracing paper
- Hatpin or similar instrument
- Craft Knife
- Sharp-pointed thick needle
Enlarge the pineapple motif. Next using tracing paper and a pencil traces the pineapple motif and stick the tracing to the lampshade, using masking tape to hold it taut.
Prick out the design with hatpin, marking the edges of the scallop shapes and the leaves.
Step 3:- For DIY Project
Cut the scallops using your pinpricks as a guide. Insert the craft knife at one pinprick and form an arc to the next. Hold the lampshade steady with you spare hand, and keep your fingers clear of the blade.Use the blunt edge of the craft knoi
Cut each end of the leaf shapes, leaving a “bridge” in the middle. Take your time when cutting because the bridge is vital to the design, and a slip of the knife will spoil the effect.
Use the blunt edge of the craft knife to ease the shapes away from the background to roughly 45 degrees, which will allow them to settle at 30 degrees. Do not despair if the first pineapple is not perfect- let that be the one that faces the wall.
Cut two more pineapples around the lampshade, and tape a tracing of the hearts in the space between them. Use a thick needle to prick out the hearts. Hold the lamp shade firmly, keeping your fingers away from the point of the needle.
Once done, you have a beautiful lampshade ready for your home, one that you can’t stop admiring.