Cake Pan Lamp Shade! Yeah.

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

This past year I fell in love with a pendant light online. I loved it, but I didn’t NEED it. So, I never bought it. I don’t even know if they make it anymore, but I decided to make my own version out of items I see at thrift shops ALL the time: say hello to my Cake Pan Lamp Shade. Yeah. I made a lamp shade out of springform cake pans. It was surprisingly simple. Here’s how I made it:

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

Supplies needed:

– 3 springform cake pans (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large: I purchased mine at a thrift shop for $3 total)

– 4 wire hangers

– Gold Spray Paint

– Optional: 50/50 vinegar and water mixture

– Optional: Paper Towels

My total cost: under $10!


– Clean up your cake pans (especially if they’re used).

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

– In a well ventilated area (preferably outside and wearing a mask/eye protection), spray multiple layers of gold paint (waiting about 5 – 10 minutes in between each coat. Optional: This step is optional. I didn’t like the super clean gold look, so immediately after each spray paint I’d squirt a light mist of my water/vinegar mixture onto the paint, blotting the excess water off with a paper towel. The vinegar sort of eats the paint off and gives it an older/rough look.

– Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours.

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

– Drill 4 evenly spaced holes on the edge of the large cake pan. Repeat this step with the small and medium cake pans, then add 4 more holes on the OPPOSITE edge of each pan. See photo above.

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

– Cut 2 sections of hanger to be larger than the diameter of the medium cake pan, then repeat this step for the small cake pan. Cut 4 3 inch hanger wire pieces for the larger cake pan. Use these wires to attach the cake pans to each other. Feed the wires through the small and medium to attach, then curve the wire to loop the medium pan to the large pan.

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

– You’re done, or are you? I originally wanted this lamp to work as a pendant light. I imagined wiring a hanging bulb into the center and hanging above our dining table… then I got an idea.

Cake Pan Lamp Shade //


Cake Pan Lamp Shade //

–  I turned this thing into a ceiling light! I replaced a glass fixture with this. I’m pretty happy with it! It’s located in our little kitchen nook (a.k.a. the room that needs lots of love).


– Chelsey


  • Kathy on said:

    I think if I spray them with a brassy/silver paint they would work in my 1967 mobile home. So hard to find fixtures for it. Thx

  • Melissa on said:

    I LOVE this and it would work perfectly over a super ugly light fixture I've been wanting to hide, but I'm a bit confused…how did you attach the cake pans to the ceiling?? Any advice would be great, as this is the first do-able d.i.y. [no fumbling with electrical wires] replacement that I've seen!

    Thanks! -Melissa

    • karrie on said:

      i would love to know how it is attached to ceiling too.

  • website on said:

    What a cool way to use cake pans! Well done, Chelsey. You never fail to amaze me with your creativity.

  • Jodie on said:

    This is such a creative idea! Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jess on said:

    This is wonderful! Such a creative idea!

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