They say when you’re proofreading a document you should turn the whole page upside-down rendering the text useless and unrecognizable.
When your brain has to focus on reading something a different way you notice more detail and instead of skimming the surface really pay attention to what’s on the page. When it comes to being creative with decorating your home it often pays to turn an item completely on it’s head.
By giving an item a new perspective we see a totally different side to it and in turn notice the smaller details. When you turn this simple waste paper bin upside down all of a sudden it transforms from a regular, everyday object into something unusual and beautiful.
Materials you’ll need to DIY Lampshade:
- Woven Waste Paper Bin
- Simple lampshade Frame (I used a cheap lampshade and took the cover off
Instructions to make this woven basket lampshade:
Step 1: Prepare the bottom
Cut a square hole in the bottom of the basket. The hole needs to be central and big enough to fit a light fitting through.
Step 2: Metal bars
Metal bars ran through the centre of my bin to make it sturdy so I cut around them creating enough space on one side for the lighting fixture.
Step 3: Upper ring
The hole needs to be small enough to fit within the upper ring of the lampshade frame comfortably as the basket will rest on this.
Step 4: Attention on the wire and switch off
Making sure the light is off, unscrew the light bulb and take the bottom half of the light fixture off.
Step 5: Add the socket
Thread the light fixture through the hole in your basket.
Step 6: Secure the socket
Thread the light fixture through the larger ring of the lampshade, then into the smaller ring. Reattach the bottom half of the fixture to secure the lampshade in place.
Step 7: Add the light bulb – feel free to use a LED bulb
More the basket around the lampshade to find a straight balance and screw the light bulb back in.
This weave is very close so only a little of the light leaks through creating an ambient atmosphere. To allow for more light choose a basket with a looser weave giving more space for the light to shine through.