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Water gallon lamp shade

Jessica Pinto Avatar Jessica Pinto


  • Water gallon
  • Golden or silver spray paint
  • Black matte spray paint
  • Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Lamp
  • Pendant light without shade


Upcycling is the future! Get yourself a water gallon and transform it into a modern, beautiful, personalized, and expensive-looking lamp shade for only a few pounds. It is great to center at the top of your dining table creating a new ambiance making it more cozy, perfect for romantic dinners, or a board games night. Choose the right color to fit your decor and give it a try.

2 hoursDifficultyMedium

Step 1: Cut the water gallon

Get your water gallon and using the hacksaw cut it right after the first circle after the opening of the neck bottle. Be careful to turn your gallon as you go to get a straight line. If you insert the hacksaw on the opening of the first cut it will make your cut crooked.

Step 2: Sand the edges

To give better finish, sand the edge of your cut, removing any imperfections. I used two grits of sandpaper: P220 and P100.

Step 3: Clean

Clean the gallon to remove any particles.

Step 4: Paint the interior

Start painting the interior of the lampshade. For this part is best to use metallic spray paint to reflect the light and give it a more professional look. I decided to use golden paint to make it warmer, but you can choose any other color you prefer. Read the instructions of the paint before using it.

Step 5: Paint the exterior

For the exterior of your lampshade you can use any color you want. I opted for a matte black paint to keep it neutral and match the industrial vibe I was looking for. Matte sprays give it a better finish and cover the imperfections.

Step 6: Wait and check

Step 7: Inside

This is how it looks on the inside after painting.

Step 8: Fit the lampshade on the pendant

Hang the pendant to the ceiling or a wall bracket according to instructions. Your pendant should fit in your lampshade in a way that you can install the light bulb. In case this doesn't happen you can cut one layer of the bottleneck.

Step 9: Insert the lamp

Insert the lamp and switch on! I'm using a LED Edison bulb to give it a warmer effect and I think it looks great. Important: do NOT use incandescent lamps for this project.

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