make this: Twig Lamp Shade

Adding a little natural element to fall decorating always feels right to me. Pumpkins, feathers, gourds, leaves… it makes for a fabulous fall display, don’t you think? Today I’m partnering up with some fantastic bloggers to share how we incorporate natural elements for fall decorating. As for me? It’s all about the twig lamp shade. Doesn’t it just scream “FALL!”?

Twig Lamp Shade tutorial

This project could not be any easier. It’s more about patience than anything else, but you probably have everything you need without spending a cent.


Twig Lamp Shade tutorial

You’ll need: A lampshade, lots of sticks, some scissors, a hot glue gun & some sticks. That’s it. See, told you it was simple!

Start by gathering sticks, and you’re going to need a bunch of them. Like 100+ I used almost the whole pile you see in the photo. Measure the height of your lampshade, then cut the sticks about an inch longer than the shade is tall, so you’ll have a bit of overhang at the top and bottom.

Twig Lamp Shade tutorial

Unless your shade is already naked, you’re going to want to strip it down. Using scissors, cut away the fabric and pull off all the old trim.

Twig Lamp Shade tutorial

Now let’s start gluing on those sticks. Place the shade on its side, and work your way around the shade.

Twig Lamp Shade tutorial

Just a tiny dab of hot glue on the top and bottom rim of the shade is all you need to hold the sticks on. Glue them on and hold them in place for a few seconds so they will adhere well, then move on to the next stick.

Twig Lamp Shade tutorial

Glue them all around the shade, then you can use a blow dryer to tidy up any hot glue strings – just blow it really well with hot air.

Twig Lamp Shade tutorialThat’s it! This project is so simple, yet so chic. And you’d never guess you can make it for practically nothing!



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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. I LOVE it Gina! It looks amazing and so rustically cool!!!!

  2. jessica rickman says:

    Probably going to see one of these at my house by the weekend. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  3. Can I say how much I LOVE this! Seriously! I gasped when I saw the thumbnail yesterday!

    Absolutely BRILLIANT!

    Happy day to you rock star!

  4. Love this look, Gina! And dude. I had NO idea about the hot glue/ blowdryer trick. What the what? That’s life changing information right there, my friend. So happy to join you guys on this fun fall decorating challenge! Have a great week!

  5. Gina, this is a pretty lamp! I have lamp shades that need a serious makeover! On my way to visit more of your DIY projects for my home. Thanks, Cynthia

  6. So cute Gina!! I love it!

  7. I love it! I Have a lampshade frame ready to go too. Love twig projects, love free projects, love lampshade ideas.
    Pinned it and will make asap. Thanks!!

  8. That is fabulous Gina!!! And seriously you rocked my world with the hair dryer tip for hot glue!! The lamp shade is amazing and I can’t wait to make one of my own. So fun being apart of this challenge with you!

  9. Gina! I’m a new fan and I LOVE your tutorials! You make them so accessible and easy to follow. As a retired technical writer, I really appreciate detail.

  10. I think it’s perfect for all year around. Beautiful!

  11. Wow, Gina this is fantastic!! I love it and what a perfect way to redo a broken shade! Pinning…
    Debbie ūüôā

  12. Since Facebook is notorious for not letting page owners know when I tag them, I thought I would stop by myself and let you know I featured this post and my readers loved it!

  13. Hi Gina. I absolutely LOVE your twig lamp shade and have finally made a similar one. I’m linking back to your post, if that is okay. Thank you so much for the inspiration!! Amy

  14. Hi Gina.
    I had pinned this idea for a long time and when we redid our entrance area it was time to use it. Turned out beautifully.
    Since I did so many different project during that renovation I decided to blog about them and your idea is my first post. I linked back to your blog as source of inspiration. Hope that is okay with you.

    Love, Sylvia


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