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DIY: Recycled Plastic Lampshade

Turn ordinary white plastic bags into a dainty and elegant lampshade

Photography: Jun Pinzon Styling: Pam Tan

Does your lampshade look old and dirty? You can give it a new look using items that are readily available at home. Just prepare a couple of plastic bags, some tape, and you are good to go! Your finished project can serve as an accent piece in your living area or bedroom. 

Crafts by April Asis-Manto. 

Read the original article (“Full of Fluff”) in the May 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

  • Old lamp
  • Scissors
  • White plastic bags
  • Scotch tape
  • Double-sided tape

1. Fold your plastic bags into a 3”x3” square. Cut them, producing a lot of little plastic squares. The quantity of plastics you need depends on size of the bag and dimensions of the lamp.

2. Turn each piece into a bud by holding the center then pulling the rest of it upwards.

3. Put a strip of scotch tape on the bottom part of the bud and stick it on the upper part of lamp. Repeat until you cover the whole shade of the lamp. Make the buds overlap a bit to make the shade look puffier. 

4. For the last layer, tape the lower half of the buds on the inside of the lampshade to hide the bud’s edges. Then, pull the upper part of the bud on to the outside of the lamp and securing it onto the hollow parts using a double-sided tape.

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