Something I am a big fan of is upcycling. When I first saw this DIY, I was super excited. And I knew I had to make my own.
I made mine a little different, making mine striped instead of solid, since that worked better with where I was wanting to put them.
This DIY is super easy. All you need are some disposable party cups (I used paper, where as the original used clear ones), some scrap fabric in colors of your choice, scissors, and glue. For this particular project, I used Mod Podge, since that was what I had on hand.
- Party Cups (Either Paper or Clear Plastic work well)
- Material (Any scrap fabric you have on hand or old t-shirts will do the job)
- Paper (to make your template)
- Glue (Mod Podge, Elmers, or Decoupage)
- Paint Brush (An Old one is perfect for this)
Step 1: Prepping Your Cups
This first step is super easy, and super quick.
All it requires are your cups and a pair of scissors. I used a Sharpie to mark where I wanted my hole, but you don’t need to.
You can either cut an “X” into the top, or punch a whole carefully with the scissors.
I chose to punch a whole, since my string of lights has small lights.
Make as many cups as you want to hang. Since my lights are hung up in my outdoor kitchen, I only made a few to accent the area.
Step 2: Prepping Your Material
Start by making a stencil to cut out your fabric.
All you need to do is place your cup on a piece of paper and trace the top and bottom. Cut it out and you have your stencil. Next you want to cut out enough pieces to cover each of your cups. For example, I used 8 cups, so I cut out 8 of each piece of material.
Since I striped mine as an after thought, I had 16 strips of fabric, cutting my top stripe thinner than the first. Make sure you cut your strips longer than the trace of the cup. It’s okay if you have excess, because it would be better than it being too short.
Step 3: Gluing Your Material To Your Cups
This is the fun part. Lay out some newspaper or an old cloth, so you don’t have to worry about getting any glue on your table.
Starting with the first cup, spread your glue around your cup using a paint brush, and carefully lay your material around your cup.
As I was laying my fabric to the cup, I decided I wanted to use two materials per cup, so I glued my first strip halfway down. Go cup by cup, gluing in the same way.
Cut off any excess material as you go.
After my first strips dried, I glued my second ones across the top of my lampshades. Make sure to let the glue dry completely before moving your cups around or adding any additional embellishments.
Step 4: Hanging Your New Lampshades
After your glue is completely dry, you can hang your lampshades. Use an LED strand of lights. If you used multiple fabrics feel free to get crafty with an alternating pattern.
*** Use these instructions at own risk. Make sure the lights are safe
And there you go! You made fun DIY Lampshades out of Party Cups!