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Wire Mesh and Wood Lampshade

Combine the warm look of wood and pattern of wire mesh in a pendant light covering you can assemble in a few hours with a few basic tools.

Lampshade made from wire mesh and wood veneer.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tin snips
  • Utility knife
  • Wire cutters
  • Tape measure
  • Leather gloves (optional)


  • 2-in x 8-ft red oak iron-on edging, #16547
  • 3/4-in x 25-ft white birch iron-on edging, #16546
  • 24-in x 15-ft galvanized-steel poultry netting, 1-in grid, #52247
  • 24-gauge galvanized-steel wire, #52686
  • 2 - 3/8 x 36 square poplar dowel, #27594
  • 13/16-in screw eyes, pack of 10
  • 10-in x 15-in tan burlap drum lamp shade, #394651
  • 180-in white hanging light swag kit, #352535

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


We’ll show how to install this shade on an all-new pendant light, but you can also adjust the size to work with an existing pendant light that can handle the additional weight.

Step 1

From the roll of poultry netting, cut a piece 76-1/2 inches long by 15 inches wide, and bend the strip into a cylinder. As you hold the ends together, count the number of grids around the cylinder (including the overlapping ones) and adjust the cylinder to make certain the total is a multiple of three. Use 24-gauge wire to tie the overlapping ends.

Good to Know

You can adjust the diameter of the shade slightly to suit your needs, but the number of grids must remain a multiple of three, and the wire cylinder should not touch the burlap lampshade inside.

Step 2

Thread vertical veneer strips through wire mesh.

Count the number of grids around the wire cylinder and divide by 3. Cut that number of 18-inch-long strips of 3/4-inch birch edging. Starting at the top from the inside, thread the edging between the horizontal wires of the poultry netting. Weave the vertical strips to suit your own pattern, or download and follow the Lampshade Veneer Weaving Guide. Repeat for the remaining strips, leaving two grid spaces between strips.

Step 3

When all of the vertical strips are in place, trim the tops of the strips about 1/8 inch beyond the top horizontal wire.

Step 4

Thread horizontal veneer strips through vertical strips.

For the pattern shown, cut three strips of 2-inch edging and two strips of 3/4-inch edging, all about 2 inches longer than the distance around the outside of the wire cylinder. Thread the end of one strip through the vertical strips. Repeat for the remaining strips. Where possible, adjust the ends of the horizontal strips to hide them beneath a vertical strip.

Step 5

Mark cross pieces to be cut to length.

Adjust the wire-and-veneer cylinder until it forms a circle. Hold the square dowels centered across the top with one end just touching the wire. Mark the dowels where they cross the wire on the opposite side and cut them to length.

Step 6

Attach cross pieces to the wire mesh.

Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes centered on both ends of each dowel before you add the screw eyes.  Wire the screw eyes at one end of each dowel to the poultry netting to leave a 1/4-inch space between the dowels.

Step 7

At the middle of the two dowels, pass the cord and lamp end of the swag light between the dowels and wire the other end of each dowel to the netting. If necessary, wrap wire or cable ties around the dowels on each side of the cord to hold the dowels firmly against the cord.

Step 8

Shade attached to fabric lampshade and pendant light fixture.

Attach the drum lampshade to the swag light and install the bulb of your choice. Plug in the light according to the manufacturer’s instructions and hang your new shade.

Good to Know

Instead of using the shade to surround a pendant light, you can fasten the shade to a ceiling to surround an existing fixture there. Simply cut the 3/8-inch square dowels short enough to fasten to the top wire of the shade in locations that allow the dowels to clear the light fixture.