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Night-Light Shade

A shade softens the glow of a night-light and complements its surroundings. If you purchase the appropriate metal lampshade frame, this project will be quick and easy. The resulting shade, paired with an inexpensive night-light, makes a wonderful baby-shower gift.




You can use pre-printed paper, make a color copy of patterned fabric, or select a sheet of wallpaper. All three types of paper will work well. A lampshade can look dramatically different when illuminated -- be sure to hold the paper up to a light before you begin to see if you like the effect.


  • Lampshade frame
  • Decorative paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Permanent (adhesive-transfer) tape or craft glue
  • Linen tape, fabric trim, or seam binding
  • Small-bristle or sponge brush
  • Bone folder or ruler
  • Night-light


  1. Step 1

    Lay the lampshade frame on its side on the paper, and trace the outline with a pencil, rolling the frame slowly as you draw. Cut out the shape with scissors.

  2. Step 2

    Affix the paper panel to the lampshade frame: Apply permanent tape or craft glue to the edges of the frame, then attach the paper in a smooth motion from one vertical spoke to the opposite spoke. If using glue, allow to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Cover the top and bottom edges of the frame with linen tape, fabric trim, or seam binding (use 1/2-inch-wide linen tape): Brush glue onto the back of the trim with a bristle or sponge brush, and apply the trim so that it folds in equal parts over the front and back edges of the shade. Slide a bone folder or ruler over the trim to smooth it out.

  4. Step 4

    Insert the night-light into the shade.



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