Coastal Inspired DIY Twig Lamp Shade

Have you ever just started getting rid of anything and everything because you just can’t take the clutter anymore?!  Once upon a time I had really wanted and consequently received a particular shell lamp for my birthday.  During one of my de-cluttering binges, I almost put it in the donate pile.  I’m so glad I thought twice and kept it, because once I saw the MOST awesome DIY Twig Lamp Shade from Gina, over at The Shabby Creek Cottage, I thought my shell lamp might be a good candidate for a twig lamp shade with a coastal twist.  


So, to try and add a coastal, beachy touch to compliment the shell lamp base, I used a faux weathered technique on the twigs before I started.  I was hoping to achieve a faux driftwood look.  All in all, I think this DIY twig project gives this shell lamp a whole new life.


White lamp shade


Hot glue gun

Small garden shears


Here is how the lamp and twigs looked before I started.

step-one-twig-lampGlue on 3 twigs at equal distance apart.  Make sure to lay twigs straight up and down.

I gave the lamp base a coat of white chalk paint and then sanded it down for a bit of aging.  As I mentioned, I gave the twigs the faux weathered twig treatment.

Next I added a plain white lamp shade in an appropriate size.

I measure the length of the lamp shade and cut the twigs about 1″-2″ longer the the lamp shade length for some wiggle room, and then started by hot gluing three twigs at equal distance apart on the lamp shade.

step-two-twig-lampGlue on 3 more twigs at equal distance apart, between the first 3 twigs.

Next, I added three more twigs, equal distance apart between the first three twigs.

step-three-twig-lampGlue on 6 more twigs in same fashion between the first 6 twigs.

Then I added six more twigs, equal distance apart between the six twigs already on the shade.

how-to-make-twig-lamp-shadeFill in the gaps with the rest of the twigs.

From there I just started filling in the gaps with the rest of the twigs, trying to keep the shade balanced by using bigger and smaller twigs intermittenly around the shade.

Leaving the twigs a little longer than the shade allowed me that wiggle room I needed to find the best placement for the twigs, as they tend to have little bends and knots and such.


Since the shade was larger at the bottom, I filled the bottom gaps in with shorter twig pieces.  If you look close, you can see them, but you can hardly tell they aren’t full length.

Last step was trimming down the twigs with the garden shears at the top and bottom.  I did not trim them down perfectly even as I thought a little variation in height would keep the look more rustic.

That was it.  Gluing the twigs onto the lamp shade took me about 1-1/2 hours.


I have just the place for this lamp in my guest bedroom, but it will have to sit tight as the guest room is full to the brim with basement stuff while our basement update is underway.

You can check out more:

Twig projects

Upcycled lamps

Beach and Coastal

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Amy


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10 Responses to Coastal Inspired DIY Twig Lamp Shade

  1. Anne August 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Very cute Amy! I love the rustic look of this.


    • Amy August 9, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

      Thank you, Anne!!

  2. Feral Turtle August 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    I love it. I can’t believe how it changed the whole look of the lamp! It really does have a more beachy feel. Great idea Amy

    • Amy August 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks so much! Letting it sit around the way it was just seemed like such a waste. Now it’s re-purposed for some years to come.

  3. chris aka monkey August 10, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    aha i knew it was a lampshade but this is way way more cool than i imagined love it xx

    • Amy August 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      Oh, you are so sweet, Chris. Thank you, friend, and have a great start to your week!! ~ Amy xoxo

  4. Doreen@househoneys August 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    Very cool Amy! Rustic and beachy and very creative and fun! You’ve done it again :).

  5. Mel August 11, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    That is amazing, perfect for a beach house! You have me dreaming of summer.

  6. Danni@SiloHillFarm August 12, 2014 at 6:47 am #

    Oh that is so cool!! I have a pair of those lamps that you can fill and I put beachy stuff in them. I’m kind of afraid to mess with the shades as they are new. Maybe when I’m ready to do a makeover of them! Love the look of yours at night too!


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