DIY: Chandelier Shades & Covers

This is what I was up to over the weekend – working on a production line.   I started making some holiday chandelier shade covers for my foyer chandelier and the project kind of morphed into making enough different covers to be able to change the covers on my chandelier on a whim or seasonally.    Looking at them all lined up like this reminds me of the chandelier shades in the Ballard Designs catalog.

How To Make Chandelier Shade Covers with Scrapbook Paper

This is what my chandelier looks like.  I re-did this chandelier back in the Spring.  You can read about it here – Thrifty Chandelier.  I painted the shades using my summer colors.  Now that the holidays are approaching, it was time to update them using my holiday color scheme – which is lime green, pink, and purple.

Painted Chandelier

While thrifting over the summer I found these 6 brand new cloth shades for .99 cents a piece. I didn’t like the color but I knew I could cover them with scrapbook paper.

Thrift Store finds - Chandelier Shades

Materials Needed:

Chandelier Shade
Poster board
12″ x 12″ piece of scrapbook paper – I used both regular with paper and card stock
Tacky Glue
Popsicle sticks
Scotch Tape
Jewelry making end pins or Beaded end straight pins


Materials needed to make Scrapaper Chandy Shade Covers

You can make these shade covers on a larger scale by using gift wrap or wallpaper in place of the scrapbook paper.

How to Make the Beaded Base for the Shades

The poster board base acts as a buffer between the actual shade and the scrapbook paper covers.  If you don’t want to add beads you don’t really need this base. The other reason you may want the base is that it stops the light from shining through the paper and changing the way the the paper looks when the light is on.

1.  Lay poster board on work surface and roll shade to make a pattern.  Use a pencil to draw the lines. I used a marker to demonstrate, but you don’t want any dark marks showing through the shade when the light is on.   Cut out and use this as your template to make  your shade covers.

How to make a Chandelier Cover with Scrapbook

2.  Thread a pin through each crystal bead. I used 8 per shade and spaced them 2″ a part. I marked these increments on my template so I could easily mark the rest of the covers.

DIY Decorating Ideas for Chandeliers

3.  Use brand name tape or a high quality tape to tape each crystal/pin to the back side of the poster board base cover.  Inexpensive tape doesn’t hold very well.   Make sure each pin is secure by rubbing over the tape with your fingers.

How to make a chandelier shade cover

4.  For extra holding power.  Tape bottom half of pin down.  Bend top part of pin over taped down section and add another piece of tape. This will keep the pins from slipping out over time.  (Sorry I don’t have a photo of this. Will add one soon.)

How to cover chandelier shades

5. Turn over. It should look like this.

How to make chandelier shades

6. Wrap around the shade and use Tacky Glue to secure the ends to form a shade cover.  This will be the base for scrapbook paper covers that can easily be changed out on a whim.

How to make shades for a chandelier

The poster board bases covering the shades.

Hows to make chandelier shade covers out of Scrapbook paper

How to Make the Scrapbook Paper Shade Covers

The shade covers are made the same way you made the poster board base.

1. Place the template right side up on the scrapbook paper.   Trace around the template and cut out.

How to make a paper chandelier shade cover

2.  Use Tacky Glue to glue down the edges around the shade.

How to make a shade for a chandelier

3.  This glitter scrapbook paper is card stock. To make sure it dries flat use a Popsicle stick as a splint to hold the seam down along with clothespins until the glue dries.  Once dried, carefully remove splint and clothespins.

DIY Decorating Ideas - Chandelier Shade Covers

Place the cover over the poster board and bead base.  These are the ones I plan to use at Christmas.

Scrapbook Paper Chandelier Shades

Changeable Chandelier Shade covers

I used regular weight scrapbook paper for the animal print shades.   These are much easier to make than the glitter card stock as the paper is thinner and wraps around the shade easily.

How to glue seams on lamp shades

I did not need to add a splint to hold it down. I just ran my finger over the seam to make sure it was flat.

Use clothespins to hold seam down while glue dries

Prest -O Change-O a whole new look for only a few dollars.  I am liking these for parties.

Chandelier Shade Covers Tutorial

Chandelier Shade Covers Animal Print

How to make Scrapbook Paper Chandelier shades

Chandelier Shade covers made from Decorative paper

AbbraCaDabra…. another new look that only costs as much as the scrapbook paper.  This paper would look perfect on a Nursery chandelier.

Pink Damask Scrapbook Paper Chandelier Shade Covers

The possibilities are endless.  You can deck out any chandelier shade for a birthday party, the holidays, or seasonally.  The best papers to use should have an overall pattern.  Stripes don’t work as well because of the curve of the shade.

Scrapbook Papers

When the shades are not in use, they stack nicely for easy storage.

 Lamp Shade Covers that can be easily changed

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  1. Heather says

    I just came across your blog after doing a search for chandelier shade covers. I love your blog! Can’t wait to try some of your projects!

    • says

      I found them at a thrift store. I see them when thrifting all the time – sometimes they are not so nice, but these were a great find -never used. Around Christmas Lowes had paper ones. I am not sure if they still have them, but they were very inexpensive.

    • says

      Hi Meghan – They came out great – what a huge difference they make. I am going to pin your post to my Reader board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing it with me.

  2. patricia laplante says

    I have looked EVERYWHERE for 99 cent shades. Even e bay. Most, for a set of 6, run $30 – $40. And Christmas Tree shops don’t even have them unless you are in the right place, right time. Hellllllp!

    • says

      Hi Patricia – I found my set at my local thrift store. They were still in their packaging – never used. One of those great finds. To find them at the price I found mine, I think garage sales or thrift stores are your best bet. You will find them when you least expect it.

  3. Kristyn King says

    Hi Diane, love this idea too! I was wondering do you have an idea for turning these into sconce covers? That’s the kind of lighting I have in the kids bedrooms and would like to be able to change them as their tastes and styles change. Thanks for sharing :))

  4. Lindsey P. says

    Can you buy ose small shades anywhere for cheap? Like are they at the dollar store???

    • says

      Hi Lindsey – I have never seen them at the dollar store only at the thrift store and yard sales. You may be able to find them online at a good price, but I do not know of any sites, you may want to Google it and see what pops up. Lowes sells fabric ones for about $5 and around Christmas time they had paper ones – maybe check or and see if any pop up for an affordable price.

  5. Lisa says

    Just stumbed across this and am thrilled to make these. Question about the glue: is there a reason to choose tacky glue over hot glue or some other type? I’m not very crafty, and am envisioning a glue disaster ahead. How long does the tacky glue take to dry? This is an awesome idea … thanks for sharing!!

    • says

      HI Lisa- you can use any glue, but not hot glue. Hot glue does not dry flat – there would be ridges under the seams of the covers. Tacky glue works best because it a bit thicker and tackier than most basic glue. This helps keep the papers from slipping – the glue stays put and grabs very quickly – hence the name – tacky glue. You could use a glue stick, but I find this type of glue eventually breaks down and your covers will come apart in a few months. I hope this helps. Happy creating!

  6. Sharon says

    Was just looking for leopard lampshades for a chandelier I have for my granddaughter to be. I stumbled onto to this. THANK YOU ….GREAT IDEA…will start it this week! They will be doing her room in leopard/pink theme. It will look beautiful and I love a project!

  7. Sharon says

    I would like to make a chandelier shade of clear or tinted plastic(guess that’s the correct product). I want them to
    be transparent. Any thoughts?

    • says

      Hi Sharon – I am not sure what you could use besides acetate sheets that you can buy at the office supply store. I will have to think on it a bit more.


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