This lamp is the perfect, subtle, decorative item for the Lord of the Rings fan in us all. Don’t deny it. You know you love LOTR just as much as the next person.
So, do you want to learn how to make this? Well then, let’s get started.
First off, supplies.
Try and get a lampshade that is more cylindrical instead of cone-like. In other words, you want the diameter of the openings to be as close as possible. This will make it easier to lay your image on the lampshade. My shade had a slight difference in size, top to bottom, and my image would go a little sideways. It’s easier if you don’t have to adjust the image while you’re poking the holes.
You can buy fabric paint if you like, but I used Rit dye. The dye is cheaper than buying special fabric paint and I could adjust the shade to my liking. I went with scarlet. At first, I mixed too much water with some of the powder and the lampshade came out a little pink when it dried. No problem though, all I had to do was mix a darker batch and paint the shade again.
You will also need something to mix the dye in (I suggest something you can throw away), a paint brush, some tape, and a pushpin.
I ended up using a tablespoon of dye powder mixed with about half a cup of warm water (you want to use warm water to help dissolve the dye). You might start out with more water and see how the color looks. Like me, you can always go back and darken it up. I actually had to paint on three layers.
Hanging out in the sun to help it dry faster.
While the lampshade is drying, go print out your image. I just googled “the one ring inscription” and found what I was looking for in a snap.
Once dry, you can place your image on the lampshade. I used washi tape because it comes up easily without tearing and I could easily re-position the image if needed.
Take your pushpin and start poking away, following the lines of your image. This was the most tiring part. The lampshade was a little tougher than I anticipated, but once I got going there was no stopping me.
It was kind of cool to peel back the image and see the progress I was making.
At last I was done! I assembled my lamp and turned it on to see the results.
Like I said at the beginning, subtle. It doesn’t blaze bright or project the image onto the wall. What it does is add a little bit of LOTR into my everyday life.
Let me know in the comments how yours turns out!
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