DIY Woven Lampshade with Palm Fans

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!!

DIY Woven Lampshade with Palm Fans
DIY Woven Lampshade with Palm Fans

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To make a DIY Woven Lampshade, you’ll need…

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Step 1: Shorten the fan handles

Cutting the bamboo fans' handle short

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 😉 !!

Coating the handles with hot glue

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!

Staining the DIY Woven Lampshade fans with wood stain

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

Attaching metal wire to the DIY Woven Lampshade fans

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

Assembling 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.

Tying the DIY Woven Lampshade overlapping 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!

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DIY Woven Lampshade

2 thoughts on “DIY Woven Lampshade with Bamboo Fans”

  1. Thank you for the tutorial! I had this idea to make bamboo fans into lamp shade but just didn’t know how to assemble them. Awesome.

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