We often hear this question from people who want to make their own lampshade, since paper or card is readily available and inexpensive. So, can it be done? The answer is yes, but there are some reasons why it might not be your best option.
We recommend making a lampshade with styrene instead of paper, for the most sturdy, safe, and professional-looking DIY lampshade. Most high-quality commercial lampshades are lined with styrene, a type of plastic that has heat- and flame-resistant qualities. It is also sturdy and durable, and white styrene sheeting diffuses light effectively but also lets it shine through. Self-adhesive styrene is included in all our DIY Lampshade Making Supplies, which let you make your own custom lampshade. You can also purchase sheets of adhesive styrene separately.
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