Lampshade out of Transparent Duct Tape

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July 8, 2021

The completed lampshade when lit.Hot glue and expired eyeshadow will help you transform a simple transparent sticky tape into this original lampshade. Making this lampshade is not difficult and not expensive. It is washable and durable, but can only be used with a LED bulb.


Total Time: 3 Hours


  • transparent duct tape
  • transparent hot glue sticks
  • dry eyeshadow
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • paper or cardboard
  • compass or ruler and pencil
  • baking paper
  • suitable size & shape container
Supplies for a lampshade out of transparent duct tape


  1. Draw a circle with a diameter of 4.5 cm and cut it out (diameter depends on the width of the duct tape).
  2. A circle template.
  3. Cover the template with duct tape, sticky side up.

    Apply eyeshadow to the sticky side of the duct tape around the circumference of the template (circle).
  4. Cutting out circles of transparent duct tape.
    Coloring the sticky side with eyeshadow.
  5. Cut a piece of duct tape with a colored circle, flip it over, and stick the sticky colored side to the sticky side of the duct tape.
  6. Peeling off the backing.

  7. Place the paper template under the colored part of the duct tape and cut the exact same circle out of the duct tape.
  8. The completed tape circle.
  9. Repeat the steps 3, 4, 5 and make many colored circles from the duct tape.
    For the lampshade with a diameter of 14 cm and a length of 10.5 cm, I made 116 duct tape circles.
  10. A collection of colored tape circles
  11. Wrap the container with baking paper.
  12. Cover the shade with paper.
  13. Fold a duct tape circle in half and then again in half. Hot glue it to the edge of the wrapped container. Then squeeze out a line of hot glue from it and glue another folded circle in the distance.

    Continue to glue folded duct tape circles in the same way and cover the entire side of the container. Make sure that all pieces of duct tape are connected with hot glue. If you have a very curved container, you may have trouble removing the mold. Therefore, leave a few folded circles unconnected along the length of the lampshade.

    To make the upper part of the lampshade less voluminous, I simply glued pieces of colored duct tape with hot glue.

    Wait for the hot glue to cool down and harden well.
  14. Fold the circles into a conical shape.
    Attaching the folded circles to the paper.
    Attaching the folded circles to the paper.
    Attaching the folded circles to the paper.
    Attaching the folded circles to the paper.

  15. Remove the container from the lampshade and separate the baking paper.
    If the lampshade has unconnected folded circles, then connect them with hot glue. Trim the edges.
  16. Attaching the folded circles to the paper.
    The completed lampshade when lit.
    The completed lampshade.
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