Make Your Own Italian-Style Rustic Linen Lamp

At Remodelista when we find inspiration from a stylish home accessory, we often try to recreate the look with our own sources. These oversized lanterns with rustic raw linen shades piqued our interest. Spotted in this interior designed by Orietta Marcon, the Lampade Bigger shade measures about 20 to 24 inches in diameter and is made from hand-finished linen fabric. Here are our sources and instructions below for making a similar lamp.

Above: Marcon’s installation in an open stairwell; the natural linen filters bright light from naked pendant bulbs.

Above: The look during the day. To see more of Marcon’s work visit Designer Visit: Civico Quattro in Vicenze.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


  • Cut the length of wire to 60 inches, make a circle by overlapping the ends just a bit and taping them together (you can use electrical, floral, or duct tape for this).
  • From your 2 yards of linen, you’ll need about 64 inches: 60 to 61 inches to cover the circumference, and 2 to 3 inches for a healthy seam allowance. Moving slowly around the wire, hand-stitch the fabric until the two ends meet up.
  • Using a sewing machine, sew the hem (using the red thread) down the side (you can even go with a French seam if you’re savvy with sewing), leaving about an inch open at the bottom for a little movement. Then finish the bottom of your fabric with another red hem.
  • Center your pendant cord (Ikea’s has instructions for proper centering) and tie your string from the cord through the diameter of the circle, attaching on both sides. Hang the cord from a ceiling hook or as desired.

Looking for other DIY projects? If so, visit Remodelista‘s posts DIY Video: Wooden Bead Trivet and DIY: Seasonal Vegetable Dyes, Holiday Edition.


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

Actually these are great for either the backyard or patio!!! Thanks for sharing.

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld5 years ago

Thx for sharing

Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes5 years ago


Anna Jarczynska
Past Member 5 years ago

Nice,but a bit too shabby.

Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Nice- not my style though.

Christine Stewart


Lucille Mullen
Lucille Mullen5 years ago

Instead of sewing the linen to the a channel in the linen (like a curtain top) and thread the wire through. This makes it possible to wash them.

Nirvana Jaganath
Nirvana Jaganath5 years ago


Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago