DIY Lampshade From Photo Slide

Photo Slide Lampshade
This DIY lampshade made from projector slides is a fun and easy project to make.

My husband has a collection of used projector slides from way, way back. He has boxes and boxes of them – mementos from his grandfather who used to dabble in photography. I mentioned this DIY project that I saw on the Internet using projector slides. When I asked if I could come from his collection, he easily agreed!

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12/01/2022 12:10 am GMT

This is a DIY project that involves turning old projector slides into a lampshade. I was really amazed by the finished product! With the light from the inside, you can actually see the images from the slides. They also cast off different silhouettes; various colors bouncing off the walls. The effect is mesmerizing.

The effect of the images, silhouttes, and colors bouncing off the wall is mesmerizing.
The effect of the images, silhouettes, and colors bouncing off the wall is mesmerizing.

This is a really great project to preserve old photos on projector slides. You can put it on display in your living room. Or better yet, make a pair for you and your partner’s bedside table. You can also give a lamp as a personalized gift. This is something the recipient will truly appreciate.

No need to get your hands dirty. This DIY lampshade made from projector slides is a fun and easy project!

What you’ll need to make a photo slide lampshade…


  • Projector slides (preferably with a paper border)
  • Jewelry rings
  • An old lampshade (or 4 wire hangers, dikes, tape)
  • A lamp


  • Small leather punch (or a drill)
  • Two-needle nose pliers

Click on any image to start the lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.

Watch this video for step-by-step instructions…



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