What’s the first thing you do every morning after you wake up and the last thing you do every night before you get in bed? You turn on and off your light! Lamps are frequently an afterthought in your decor, but they’re actually a great opportunity to add a little bit of flair to your room. Here are 30 DIY lampshade ideas that add some creativity — and plenty of light — to any space.

1. DIY Flamingo Marquee Lamp: There’s nothing like a bright, pink bird to really bring your place together. We love the creative use of string lights in this DIY lampshade project. (via Brit + Co)

2. DIY Leather Pendant Lampshade: This sleek and modern lamp lewk is just the right amount of decor without losing function. It’s time to get lit! (via Brit + Co)

3. DIY Concrete Pendant Lamps: You can use a plastic bottle of any shape to create these industrial and artistic lighting fixtures. (via Brit + Co)

4. DIY Unicorn Lamp: Meet your dream DIY lamp — all you need is a Barbie unicorn and your imagination. (via Brit + Co)

5. Ombre Diamond Lampshade: Ombre diamond studding is both playful and chic. (via Brit + Co)

6. DIY Origami Lampshade: These folded beauts will look great above your dining room table, desk, or even entertainment center. (via Brit + Co)

7. DIY No-Sew Fabric Pleated Lampshade: This is the project you’ve been waiting for, the one that you’ll use for those too-small but so-cute fabric remnants you’ve been hoarding. (via House That Lars Built)

8. Globe Pendant Lampshade: Red is such a great choice for this easy DIY, but the sky’s the limit. If you can’t find planter baskets in the color you’re craving, a little spray paint is all you need to get the shade of your dreams. (via A Beautiful Mess)

9. Scandinavian-Style DIY Wooden Lampshade: What *wood* you do? (via The Crafty Gentleman)

10. Fabric Tape Lampshade: Fabric tape is a more durable, stickier, and softer version of washi tape, and we love it! This lampshade uses the material to create an intriguing geometric design. (via Brit + Co)

11. Bottle + Fork = Printed Lampshade: First of all, this lampshade was made from scrap using fabric, a glass bottle, and a couple of crafting supplies from around the house, which is awesome. Second, how cool is that pattern? It was made using a fork as a stamp! (via Ohoh Blog)

12. Chevron Lamp: We can’t decide which we love more: how cool chevron looks in gold or how easy it is to create the pattern with painter’s tape. (via Pomp and Circumstance)

13. Balsa Wood Lampshade: Balsa wood is bendy which allows you to manipulate it into shapes and patterns, as shown in this truly original shade. (via Pomp and Circumstance)

14. Leather Mosaic Lampshade: This mosaic-style print is chevron meets tribal and the blue and brown color combo is totally rad. Besides, didn’t you know leather is so in right now? (via Brit + Co)

15. Twine-Wrapped Lampshade: This slightly rustic idea is as simple as it is pretty. Plus, it’ll make you a wrap star. (via A Night Owl)

16. Blooming Lampshade: Making these rosettes is shockingly easy. It allows you to experiment with your own fabric and patterns to get a unique piece for your space. (via Brit + Co)


17. Ombre Lampshade: Want to know the super awesome hack behind this project? The colors are created using hair dye! (via Paper Buttons)

18. Ping Pong Ball Shade: Wow! Who knew that ping pong balls could look so chic? We guess they’re not just for frat boys after all… (via Poppytalk)

19. Map Lampshade: Warning: may cause wanderlust. Map decor is right up our alley, and we’re loving this revamped shade. (via Silver Boxes)

20. Minimalist Lampshade: Just take the fabric off an old lampshade, and you’ve got a contemporary sculptural piece and a lighting solution. (via All Put Together)

21. Fabric and Ribbon Lampshade: Experiment with different ribbon and fabric combos to create an interesting and individual look. (via Apartment Therapy)

22. Zip Tie Lampshade: Next time you take a trip to the hardware store, stock up on zip ties to create an awesome ombre table lamp. (via Apartment Therapy)

23. Silhouette Reading Lamp: Get your kids dreaming up their own fairy tales with this clever project. (via Chica and Jo)

24. Tapered Shade into Drum Shade: It’s surprisingly easy (and inexpensive) to turn an existing tapered lampshade into a drum shade if you’re looking to switch up your look. (via Apartment Therapy)

25. Wordy Lampshade: The perfect way to add some light to your library, this lamp is also great for giving old and out of date books a new life. (via Apartment Therapy)

26. Paris Lamp: A little paint goes a long way! This Parisian project was handpainted, but we’re betting you could find a cool stencil to achieve a similar effect. (via Upcycling My Life)

27. Neon Geometric Shade: What happens when you combine the neon trend with the geometric one? This awesome lamp that is both minimalist and eye-catching. (via Say Yes to Hoboken)

28. Subtle Dyed Lampshade: Add just a touch of color to get a subtly pretty addition to your room. (via Little Green Notebook)

29. Faux Flower Lampshade: We’re loving the slightly shabby chic vibe of this piece and think it would look great in either bohemian-style decor or a black-and-white mod room. (via Mr. Kate)

30. Spray Painted Lamps: If you’re looking to make your lamp match your decor, this is an easy way to achieve it. The yellow turned out so rich in this tutorial! (via Decor Chick)

Which project is your fave? Did we miss any awesome shades out there? Tweet us and tell us @BritandCo!