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!!
Quite 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
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
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More chicken wire projects, here.
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