How to Make a Lampshade Pattern

By Natasha Lawrence ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Brown shipping paper
  • Lampshade
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler
Making a lampshade pattern.

It is simple and fairly quick to make a lampshade pattern from paper for any shape shade. Use your lampshade pattern to make shade covers in paper or fabric. After you create a basic lampshade cover, decoupage images in a variety of themes that appeal to both children and adults, like holidays, sports or flowers.

Unroll wide, brown shipping paper so it's flat on your work table. Secure the corners and edges with masking tape so the paper does not roll up. Unroll enough paper to more than cover your lampshade.

Lay the lampshade on one edge of the paper. Use the lampshade's seam as a guide to align the shade with the paper.

Hold a marker in one hand and slowly roll the lampshade toward the opposite end of the paper, starting at the seam. Mark the top and bottom of the lampshade with dashes. Roll the lampshade and mark it's edges until the shade makes a complete, 360-degree turn. Mark the end where the seam is.

Use a ruler and marker to connect the top and bottom edge marks where the lampshade completed its 360-degree turn.

Cut the paper along the top and bottom dashes and the end line to complete your lampshade pattern.


If the lampshade has an odd shape, it may be necessary to mark and cut half of the pattern at a time; make two pieces of the pattern separately, then attach them with tape. Use the lampshade pattern to create removable covers for holiday decoration.

About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.