With wire frames, lamp shade paper or fabric and decorative items, you can make your own lamp shades to fit your personal taste and décor.
Get a wire lamp shade frame from a lamp shade or lamp-making supply store. Or recycle the wire frame from the inside of on old lamp shade. According to the Lamp Shop website, frames have different shapes including hexagons, circles, squares, Victorias, ovals, rectangles, and triangles.
Lamp Shade Paper or Fabric
Lamp shade or fabric is widely used to cover wire lamp frames. Lamp shade paper comes in three thicknesses, according to the Lamp Shop website. The width of the wire frame can determine the proper weight of paper. A light or medium to heavy weight paper is used to cover a lamp frame with bottom diameter of 4 to 8 inches. A heavyweight lamp shade paper can cover frames with diameters greater than 11 inches. Laminated fabrics, such as shantung or styrene, can also cover wire frames.
You also can add some decorative items like fringes and finials to add an extra touch to lamp shades. If you like a decorative Victorian flair, you can use beaded fringe. You can add metal, charm-like items to the top of a lamp shade, adding an antique feel to a newly crafted lamp shade. Besides, you can trim the shades with ribbon, paint it with stencil and adorn it with stands of beads or garlands.