coffee filter lamp shade {tutorial}

coffe filter lampshade

Remember that post I did a while back that listed numerous things you can do with coffee filters? If not, you really should check it out! It’s pretty sweet.

Well, after my aunt shared that list with me, it got me curious about what specific crafts you could make with coffee filters. So I did some research and found out you can make a cute little lamp shade!

I made this lamp shade with about 300 coffee filters that I had sitting in my cabinet. Depending on the size of your lamp shade, you may need more.

I know, I know. It sounds like a lot. And it kind of is. But just have someone sit down with you and fold the filters while you’re chatting or watching a movie. That’s what I did. My lovely sister Amanda helped me fold as we talked about her wedding planning. When you do it like that, it doesn’t seem like so much work and before we knew it, we had folded every last one.

Once you do this, all that’s left is gluing the filters on. This doesn’t take that much time but again, maybe you should attempt this while watching a movie. It really does help the time go by much faster. I think I finished gluing my filters one night that my husband was working late. I was pregnant at the time and enjoyed sitting down and keeping my mind busy!

Maybe this is one of those “rainy day” or (since winter is here) “snow is falling and I want to stay inside all warm and cozy” kind of projects!

So, here is how you make one:

First, grab a coffee filter. You’re going to fold it 4 times: fold it in half, then in half again, then in half again, and then fold the bottom piece up a bit, making a little triangle base…this will be where you glue the filter to the shade.

coffee filter folded  coffee filter folded again

last fold coffee filter  crease coffee filter

showing creased coffee filter

The other side will look like this:

ruffled coffee filter

It’s the pretty side that will have all the little ruffles that you will see once the shade is finished. When there is a lot of them bunched up together, it looks something like this:

coffee filter lampshade1 

Now all you need to do is put a bit of hot glue on that little triangle and then stick it on your lampshade. And repeat 1 million times. Just kidding. But really, you will do this a few more hundred times depending on how many filters you need to fill up your lamp shade. Again, it’s really not as bad as it sounds. But if you’re not interested, that’s fine! Go grab a cold can of coke and read this post :-)

Okay, so I started at the top and worked my way down. Remember to bunch them pretty close together. You are going to feel like you could glue more filters closer together as you go, and it’s probably true. You can! So glue them as close together as possible!

 coffee filters

Just keep gluing and sticking. Gluing and sticking. Bunch the filters pretty close together to achieve the look you want.

coffe filter lampshade

And that’s about it!

The nice, soft glow the shade gives to a room is pretty cozy. I enjoy it! For the photo, I brought the lamp into the living room for the bright afternoon light. But normally this lamp stays  in the guest room on the bedside table. Or should I say “junk room” at this present time in my life. Oh well. One day it will be a fully functional guest room without boxes of our stuff stacked in the corner. One day. Anyways, I really enjoy the fun, fresh look of this lamp in the guest room junk room.

I’m thinking about attempting this again but using a pendant lamp shade and hanging it from the ceiling in the corner of Lydia’s nursery <<check out the nursery by clicking on that link.

We shall see!



  1. It looks beautiful. I love it. You are so creative!

  2. This is really really neat!!

  3. Very cute! That would be adorable in a little girl’s room :)

  4. Loving this lampshade:)I am hosting my first ever blog hop this weekend and I would LOVE if you stopped by to link some stuff up!

    Kim @ Too Much Time

  5. That is BEAUTIFUL! I love how it turned out! I’ve seen a wreath made of coffee filters, but what a great idea for a lamp shade. Thanks for sharing. I’m your newest follower from the Too Much Time On My Hands party. I’d love you to stop by my blog if you get a chance & maybe follow along too.

  6. Great job! I love that coffee filters can be so cute! Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love! I’m featuring you on the FB page today!

  7. Thank you so much for linking up your lovely projects at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  8. Visiting from The Grant Life. Very cute and creative! I love it.

  9. Oh this is So very Pretty… I have seen the coffee filter Wreathes but never a lampshade… I LOVE It.. would love for you to share it at

  10. That’s lovely, thank you for sharing with us. Hugs!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I making this today for my coffee themed kitchen~ Using the natural colored filters. Thank you for posting, a super cute idea! BTW, has anyone ever told your hubby he looks like The Edge from the band U2? lol! happy weekend!

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