Light plays an essential role in any interior decoration scheme, and a beautiful lamp shade can elevate a room’s ambiance instantly. An ostrich feather lamp shade is a popular choice today, thanks to its distinct and eye-catching appearance. On the downside, buying one can be expensive. But why buy one when you can make your own? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create your own stunning ostrich feather lamp shade.
Before you start, gather these materials:
- Large ostrich feathers (preferably white, ivory, or light grey)
- Small ostrich feathers (in the same color as the large ones)
- Plain white paper lamp shade
- Masking tape (to secure the feathers on your lamp shade)
- Glue gun (with glue sticks)
Now that you have your materials let’s get started. Follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Preparation
Before you begin, lay out the lamp shade on a flat surface. Next, glue or tape the small ostrich feathers around the top rim of your lamp shade, ensuring they are close together. This step is crucial as these feathers will hide the lamp’s visible edges when the shade is placed on it.
Step 2: Sorting and trimming the feathers
Sort the large ostrich feathers according to their size, shape, and fluffiness. Then, cut off the quills’ excess length according to the height of your lamp shade. Start from the bottom and work your way up.
Step 3: Attaching the feathers
Use the glue gun to attach the feathers individually to the lamp shade. Start by placing the feathers on the lamp shade, ensuring the fluffy part faces the bottom. Keep adding feathers such that the next layer overlaps the bottom one. Continue layering these feathers until you reach the top.
Step 4: Finishing up
Once you reach the top, glue the last layer’s feathers in place, ensuring they form an even and symmetrical pattern. Finally, trim any stray feathers with scissors.
Tips and tricks:
To add some sophistication, use different-sized feathers to make a tapering pattern. You can also use dyed feathers for a pop of color. For a more luxurious look, add some crystals or beads between the feathers.