Chicken Wire Wrapped Lamp Shade

Although I have already made a chicken wire lamp shade and a yarn wrapped lamp, I have yet to make a chicken wire wrapped lamp shade…until now!  When I saw the DIY mason jar lamp (with chicken wire wrapped lamp shade) that Adrianne made over at Happy Hour Projects, I knew that I haaaad to make one!!  


diy-chicken-wire-wrapped-lamp-shadeQuite simply, I love how hers turned out… not to mention… hers is so cool, it was even in a contest…not to mention how much easier wrapping an already formed lamp shade would be… rather than starting from scratch… like I did with my first chicken wire lamp shade experience…



So I had this plain, unmentionable, rectangular, Ikea-style lamp.

It wasn’t doing anything for anybody and that was the problem…it just was.  Perfect candidate for a makeover… and with chicken wire, no less!



Lamp shade in white or off white

Chicken wire

Wire cutters

Craft wire

Measuring tape

Pair of safety type gloves



(I used a rectangular lamp shade, but you can see how Adrianne did a round-shaped lamp shade here.)

I measure around the lamp shade.

I rolled out a stretch of chicken wire and place heavy objects on top to keep the roll from re-winding.

Using the wire cutters, I cut out a piece large enough to wrap my lamp shade with.



How to make the chicken wire look rusty first

Before I started wrapping the chicken wire around the lamp shade, I used this technique to make the chicken wire look rusty.



How to wrap chicken wire around a lamp shade

I wrapped the chicken wire around the lamp shade and tied it off three time with the craft wire leaving a few extra inches of craft wire on the ends, which would be tidied up later.

I also made sure to line up the seam of the lamp shade with the seam created by the chicken wire wrapping.

Using the wire cutters I snipped off the excess chicken wire, leaving about an 1-1/2″ inches on top and bottom.



Now wearing those gloves…I snipped off some of the excess in the corner areas and then folded the chicken wire to the inside of the shade.


To tidy up the craft wire ends, I strung the craft wire ends through a few more times and then twisted it around itself like one would twist her (or his) hair in a bun on her (or his) head.


That was it.  I was done!!






I just have to face it.  Although I was really pleased with how my original chicken wire lamp shade turned out, wrapping an existing lamp shade with chicken wire is a LOT EASIER…not to mention the lamp shade background really makes the chicken wire texture stand out, don’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your busy day is wrapping up!! ~ Amy

You can see:

More chicken wire projects, here.

 And more lamp projects here.


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9 Responses to Chicken Wire Wrapped Lamp Shade

  1. Feral Turtle May 21, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    It looks awesome Amy. I knew you were going to do something great with your aged chicken wire! Excellent idea!

  2. Shanna Gilbert May 22, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    You work wonders with chicken wire my dear! What a cute idea!

  3. Doreen@househoneys May 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    You’re the chicken wire Queen!

    Similar to my paper lampshade, you can really see the beauty when it’s lit. It has such a lovely glow Amy, and the fact that it was easy to do makes it that much sweeter ;). Aging the wire with ASCP was a really nice touch.

    Hope you have a great three day weekend!

  4. Mel May 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

    Amy, you should be getting paid from chikcen wire compaines, that is BRILLIANT, I love it!

  5. Thistle May 24, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Love this idea so much! I love chicken wire….and I would have never thought of this!

    You are brilliant!

    Happy Memorial Day weekend friend!

  6. heather f May 26, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I think this is so cute! I love the way the chicken wire stands out against the shade, really love the rusty look and like that it was easier than the first one you made. That being said, I am sure I would chop the heck out of my fingers making this.

  7. Bliss May 28, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Well it’s cute, even if saying chicken wrapped lampshade is a mouthful.

  8. Thrift My House June 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    What a cute cute project! I love chicken wire too. It can be kind of dangerous… those gloves are definitely needed! I’m so glad you popped over to my blog. I followed you! I look forward to seeing more projects.

    • Amy June 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Thanks, so much for coming by, Sherry. I look forward to seeing more of your projects, as well 😉

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