DIY Chicken Wire Lamp Shade

How’s about another diy lamp shade project?  This one is made from chicken wire and a salvaged lamp shade frame. You may have already seen my hat box lamp shade or my tin bucket lamp shade.   Well,  making one with chicken wire is just one more way to change it up in the lighting department!  So grab your roll of chicken fence and follow along.

Chicken Wire Lamp Shade - StowandTellU

Supplies you will need:
6 ft or so of chicken fence (chicken wire)
Lamp base of your choice
Lamp shade frame – the type with individual rings
(Make sure the lamp shade frame’s components fit onto your lamp of choice)
Craft wire
Wire cutter
Craft or spray paint (optional)


Chicken Wire Lampshade Before

I almost threw out this lamp shade base when the original Tiffany style shade broke. I did think twice however, and stashed it in a corner for safe keeping. The lamp shade shown is this picture was from another lamp, but it  had the correct proportions and also had an “individual ring style frame.”   Thus, it was perfect for this project.


cut wire frame from lamp shade

I started by cutting the lamp shade frame out from the fabric/ paper shade.



remove paper and fabric from wire

I peeled back all of the paper and fabric until I had only the top ring part left of the lamp shade frame.


chicken wire lamp shade - StowandTellU

I rolled out the chicken wire on a table and placed the lamp shade frame-top perpendicular to the outstretched roll of chicken wire, to determine where I wanted the frame top to be placed . I went with a long, thin style frame for this project, but other frame styles can be achieved depending on the placement of the frame to the chicken wire.


tying off with craft wire2

Once I knew where I wanted the frame to line up with the chicken wire, I attached the three frame arms to the chicken wire, using thin gauge craft wire.


wrap two times and cut wire2

Next I wrapped the chicken wire around the frame twice and as  exact as possible, and then I cut the chicken wire down it’s length.
NOTE: For balance purposes, wrap the chicken wire around an even amount of times because the weight of the wire will cause the shade to hang on the lamp unevenly if the chicken wire is wrapped less than an even amount of times . For example wrap around twice, or three time, but not 1-1/2 or 2-1/2 times.  I hope that makes sense.


hang on lamp to assure balanced

Moving right along, I quick-tied the ends of the chicken wire with the craft wire and then tested the balance of the shade by placing it on the lamp.

Once I was sure the chicken wire was evenly distributed, and therefore the shade was balanced when hanging on the lamp, I then tightly attached the strands of thin gauge wire along the length of the shade to hold everything in place.


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Believe it or not, that is it!! The chicken wire lamp shade is ready to hang on the lamp, as is or to be painted any color.

I painted the chicken wire lamp shade a few coats of a rusty brown chalky paint.


lamp details- Chicken wire lamp shade - Stownadtellu

Lamp base

I painted my lamp base with taupe and then white. I then added black accents, gave it a sanding to show some wear, and then a coat of dark wax.


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As I stated I choose a long, thin style for this lamp, but using a bigger frame ring would obviously make your chicken wire lamp shade wider. You can also consider cutting or folding the chicken wire in half to obtain a shorter length.


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diy chicken wire lamp shade-StowandTellU

There is more than one way to change up an otherwise boring lamp.  It has been all about fun with chicken wire for this lamp shade project, but don’t rule out using a hat box, a tin bucket, or something else altogether!

… And because I’m having so much fun with lamp shades these days, I’m thinking I’ll share a new lamp shade project once a month!  What do you think?  If you have a lamp shade project,  share it below.   I would love to see it!



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28 Responses to DIY Chicken Wire Lamp Shade

  1. Anne August 29, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    What an interesting lamp Amy! It’s very sculptural. Great job!

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      Thank you, Anne 🙂

  2. Sharleen August 29, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Like your chicken wire creations Amy. Need more ! 🙂

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      I’ll work on that, Sharleen !

  3. Danni@SiloHillFarm August 29, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    I love this! I was not expecting a floor lamp and I love that you made the shade so long! Very cool!

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Thank you, Danni. The photo makes it look extra long and skinny! I thought the camera was supposed to add 10 pounds?? Have a great weekend ~ Amy

  4. Shanna Gilbert August 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Yet another amazing lamp from an amazing lady! So cute!

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      What a sweet comment from an amazing friend, thanks, Shanna!

  5. Bliss August 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Hmmm…. This gives me an idea.

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      I’m intrigued…and look forward to where that idea leads, Bliss.

  6. heather f August 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    I love this!!!! first of all, I love chicken wire, and 2nd of all, this reminds me of my favorite show, Restaurant Impossible where they re-make light fixtures all the time. Love this!

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      I’ve never heard of that show, but I would love to see it! We have limited cable and I don’t watch much tv. I’ll have to try to find it online, it sounds so interesting. Thanks, Heather. Have a great weekend ~ Amy

  7. l August 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Yet another great lamp shade idea! laurie

    • Amy August 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Thank you, Laurie

  8. Jeanette August 31, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I’m loving you lamp shades! This one is industrial but with a bit of soft elegance from the base. Great project!

    • Amy September 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      Thank you, Jeanette 🙂

  9. Mel September 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    My goodness that is the coolest thing ever. you certainly rock the chicken wire!

    • Amy September 6, 2013 at 5:33 am #

      Thank you Mel. Chicken wire rocks p)

  10. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage September 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    This is beyond cool!!

    • Amy September 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

      Oh, Kelly, I’m so flattered that you think so. Thank you!!

  11. Michele September 28, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    LOVE a good chicken wire project! It gets me as excited as a good fencing or boxwood project. Thanks for sharing your amazing lampshade…so inspiring!!

    • Amy September 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Thank you, Michele, for stopping by to check it out!!

  12. Donna October 25, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    What a great idea, I have been trying to come up with a way to crate a cylinder lamp shade, and this is perfect. although I want it covered in fabric with lots of fringe and beads. I do see the potential here, and I would have never thought of using chicken wire, This is a great idea. thanks for sharing.

  13. Feral Turtle November 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I love this Amy! This really inspires me to start harvesting chicken wire from around the farm! Great project!!!


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