Snar Place Mat into a Wall Sconce Shade – No More Bare Bulbs!

Materials: Snar place mat, 13-gauge wire, thin wire.

Hallway - sconce after 1

I added a shade to the bare-bulb sconce that is on our first floor landing. The light is in a great place, and does some heavy duty illumination in our living room, so the shade had to be as translucent as possible. I also wanted to get as far away from the original shade as possible (the sconce started with a very dark orange glass shade that was hideous and that one day fell and broke into a million billion pieces).

Hallway - sconce before

Buying one was out – the market for half-shades that are held on by the bulb is scant, apparently. It was time to improvise! I used some 13-gauge wire to create a basic frame and the circle that would fit onto the socket.

Hallway - sconce detail 2

The shade itself?

This IKEA placemat, strategically wrapped around the frame and secured with a few wire twists.

Hallway - sconce detail 1

So now we have a reasonably sculptural shade that hides the bulb without compromising light quality.

Hallway - sconce after 2

I drew up a schematic for the wire frame. The light blue squiggles are the places where I used a very thin wire to secure the heavier wire either to itself, or to the middle socket-holder piece.

Hallway - sconce detail 3

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~ Anna Wulick @ Forty-Two Roads

Jules Yap