Lampshades are fairly simple and often don't draw too much attention — that's usually what the base is for. When searching for a new lamp, you'll probably find that there are hundreds of designs for the base of the lamp, but only a handful of uniquely-designed lampshades. Skip the expensive design and instead consider a DIY birdnest lampshade!
Here's how you can make a rustic DIY birdnest lampshade to brighten up your apartment.
If you're using paper raffia, you'll need to cut it into sections. Each section should be between three and four feet long. Depending on the size of your lampshade, you'll need between 25 and 50 of these sections.
If you're using palm raffia for a more natural look (like I did here), then it should already be separated into sections.
Using a small piece of clear tape, attach the end of a piece of raffia to the inside of the top of the lampshade. Wrap it around the shade and use another small piece of tape to attach the free end of the raffia to the inside of the bottom of the lampshade.
Note: Most lampshades come with a thin plastic frame underneath the fabric, which is where you'll need to place the tape. If your lampshade does not have a plastic frame where the tape will stick, just poke a small hole with scissors where you would place the tape, insert the end of the raffia, and tie it into a knot to hold it in place. Avoid using glue or other tapes (like duct tape or masking tape) as it will be visible through the shade when the light it on.
Repeat the process of attaching the raffia to the lampshade until it is covered entirely.
Remember that a bird's nest is messy, so wrap the raffia in different directions and intertwine pieces all over the lampshade to mimic the design of a nest.
Once your lampshade is completely covered with raffia, attach it to your lamp base or pendant light and enjoy the soft light it radiates!
This DIY birdnest lampshade isn't something you'll see in many stores, so be proud of the unique piece of décor you've created!