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Gem's Cottage Blog » Blog Archive » Not-A-Card Paper Piercing Project (free wineglass shade template)

Remember those punched-tin lampshades in country folk art magazines? Well, here’s  a paper version!

I wanted to do a proper wineglass shade template that  fit on the regular-sized papers. I’ve computed and re-computed the dimensions I wanted, and finally came up with a solution (well, sort of, LOL):  cut the digital template in half so that it can be printed on an 8½” x 11″ paper, print two of the templates, cut and put the two together –  now you have a working template for a wineglass shade that will fit on a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock.  Tsk, tsk, tsk, that is one long run-on sentence, English grammar teachers are probably shaking their heads right now, LOL, and I bet I confused you. Let’s start over again, shall we? LOL

First, here is the template for the wineglass shade:

Print two of the template above on regular paper, taking note of the print size. Cut the two templates (remember to cut right on the line, this is going to be the master template, so be as precise as possible), then glue them together (again, be as precise as possible).  The put-together template should now look like this:

Use the template to trace an outline of the shade on a 12″ x 12″ card stock.

Cut out the shade. Embellish as you wish! For the paper pierced shade pictured above, what I did was print 5 copies of Battenburg Corner 3 from Corners and Frames for Cards (well, it’s not just for cards anymore as proven by this project, LOL), then arranged them symmetrically on the shade as shown below. The best part is when I get to do the paper piercing, yay!

When you’re done embellishing, glue the shade ends together by putting adhesive on the tab (use either double-sided sticky tape or rubber cement). You might notice that the shade tends to “pull” on one side where the seam is, just “massage” the paper toward the opposite direction until it is a perfect cut-off cone shape.  Grab a wineglass, put a battery-operated tealight and ta-da! you have an elegant and functional decoration for those special Christmas dinners (ummm, yeah, I’m still thinking of the Christmas-themed Paper Piercing Challenge which I hope someone will join because until now there’s not a single entry!).

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4 comments so far

1.  Andrea
July 24th, 2010 at 5:32 am

This is so neat! Thank you for the template and directions 🙂

2.  Rosalee
July 24th, 2010 at 6:22 am

thanks so much for the template and the direction

3.  marilyn
July 24th, 2010 at 11:48 am

how awesome…thanks for sharing, Gem!

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