Maybe the giant woven palm I use as wall art is a hint, but I LOVE woven fans and palms! I’ve seen quite a few petal lampshades designs making the rounds on social media and it got me thinking. Frankly, the idea of using palm and fans to create a DIY woven lampshade has been churning in my head all summer. I can’t believe I’m just getting around to doing it now…
All you need to make your own are 6 woven fans. Maybe get a spare one because they make a stylish addition to an outfit in their primary fanning function!!
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To make a DIY Woven Lampshade, you’ll need…
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Step 1: Shorten the fan handles
Start by cutting the bamboo fan handles short with a handsaw, leaving only about 1 inch (2.5cm) protruding. If you don’t have a saw on hand, try a serrated knife. It’s basically a mini saw 😉 !!
To make sure the palm weaving doesn’t unravel, coat the cut handle with hot glue and let it cool down.
Repeat these steps for the other 5 fans.
Step 2: Stain the palm fans
This step is optional. If the light color of natural fans suits your interior better, just jump to the next step!
Coat the fans with a medium oak wood stain, or a similar warm stain. Use a large brush and get in the nooks and crannies of the weaving to coat everything.
Next, turn the fan over and coat the other side before you let it dry.
Step 3: Loop metal wire around the base
Once the fans have dried, wrap some gold or brass-colored metal wire (the aluminum bendable type) around the base of the fans. Leave a 4″ (10cm) tail protruding off the handle, like in the picture above.
Step 4: Assemble the DIY woven lampshade
To pull it all together, start by looping the metal wire of a fan right above the light socket on your light fixture. Proceed one by one, adding fans by looping the wire (and cutting short if necessary) until you’ve added all 6 fans.
Finally, spread the fans evenly around the light fixture and use a small piece of metal wire or invisible nylon thread to pin together overlapping fans. This will prevent any wonkiness and you will be left with a gloriously eye-catchy lampshade!