I’ve been privileged to hold a number of lampshade workshops around NSW over the past six years. The workshops are always fun and I’ve met so many lovely people who share my enthusiasm for beautiful lampshades!

I receive lots of messages and calls asking how the workshops are organised. So to  make it easier for everyone, I have put together the following info: 

Who can participate?

Most people organising a lampshade workshop keep it “in-house” ie. the organiser invites the attendees. I don’t advertise that I’m coming to hold a workshop, or source participants, unless asked.  

Who organises the venue?

I don’t arrange the venue, I leave this up to the workshop organiser. Over the years we’ve held  workshops in community halls, tennis clubs, shops, creative spaces, libraries, pre schools and CWA rooms!

How do we book?

Once the venue is booked by the organiser, I will send a link to a booking form for attendees to complete and pay for the workshop. I have been using the 123TIX  platform without any issues. 

What is the cost?

The cost per attendee depends on the size of the lampshade the person wishes to  make (see more info below). The cost can increase if I have to drive a long distance and/or have to stay overnight (normally only if the venue is more than 4 hours from home). This could add an additional $10-$20 per person to the cost. 

If this is the case, we ask the organiser to try to find enough attendees for two classes to help defray the extra expense. This could mean we hold a workshop in  the afternoon, stay the night and then hold another in the morning, or alternatively hold two workshops on the one day.  

Where do you travel?

Places where we’ve held workshops in the past include Coonamble, Gunnedah,  Bourke, Warren, Collarenebri, Walgett, Louth, Mungindi, Burren Junction and  Tamworth. The next one we will be holding is in Narrabri in April 2024.

Why organise a LightenUp Lampshade Workshop?

It’s a fun idea for a hen’s party, birthday, special event or team bonding session  with a difference! 

It’s also a great way for rural folk to get together for a few hours and have a yarn  whilst learning a new skill.

Participants need no prior experience - we offer easy step by step instructions  • Workshop sizes are kept small for one-on-one tuition  

Participants go home with a wonderful lampshade created by them 

LightenUp DIY lampshade kits are available to purchase after the workshop so  participants can build on the skills learnt. 

Detailed Information for Organisers and Participants 

Class Duration

3 hours 

Class size

6 to 8 participants 

To hold the workshop we require large tables with enough space for  each person eg. at least 1.5m of space for each person (we can supply two trestle tables if required).

Cost per participant

$140 inc GST to make a 30cm diameter x 23cm height lampshade suitable for  most table lamps


$150 inc GST to make a 40cm diameter x 30cm height lampshade suitable for  large table lamps and floor lamps

(I need to know from the organiser how many people have  chosen each size well in advance).  

The cost per participant may increase if i have to travel a long distance and/or stay overnight.




Materials supplied by LightenUp

  • Lampshade PVC paper 
  • Double sided tape 
  • 30cmD or 40cmD rings 
  • Glue 
  • Shade reducers (allows shades to fit both euro and Australian standard light  fittings) 
  • 1 x iron and ironing board 
  • Limited fabric scissors, metre rules, pencils and rubbers for people to share

Materials not supplied by LightenUp: 

Participants are required to bring to the workshop - a pencil, every day  scissors, a ruler, fabric scissors (if they have a pair) and their own fabric (see  below).

Fabric Requirements

30cmD shade – A fabric piece measuring 50cm high x 120cm wide is  required. The fabric should be either cotton, a cotton blend, drill or linen as it is easier to work with - not shiny, slippery fabrics or loosely woven fabrics. 

40cmD shade – A fabric piece measuring 50cm high x 140cm wide is required. The fabric should be either cotton, a cotton blend, drill or linen as it is easier to work with - not shiny, slippery fabrics or loosely woven fabrics. 

I can also make available a selection of fabrics that are in our stock pile if people can’t source a fabric (it is ‘first in best dressed’ as our stocks  are limited). If participants wish to order fabrics that we don’t have in stock, we require around 6-8 weeks’ notice to ensure the fabric will arrive before the workshop.  


Insurer: AAMI 

Policy #: SPD013533558

Host a Workshop

If you would like to proceed with organising a workshop, please email hello@lightenuphandmade.com