MilkShell lampshade by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
After a day of problems with the hosting company, I’m finally able to use and see my blog again. So happy to be back in business and back to what I wanted to show you yesterday. It’s time again to share another upcycle project I’ve made. Last week I showed the MilkFlower lampshade made of parts I cut out of plastic milk cartons.

Plastic milk cartons turned into shell shaped lampshade

And today I present the ‘MilkShell‘, made out of leftovers from producing the MilkFlower lamshade. After cutting up all these cartons I ended up with a top part, a middle part and the bottom. This time I wanted to use the top part, but in such a way that you wouldn’t recognize the milk carton right away. And looking at the first reactions I think I succeeded in doing so.

MilkShell lampshade by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
The MilkShell is a playfull shape with a protective character because of the inward direction in which it points. The best thing of this lampshade is the fantastic shadow it shows on the walls. It’s always a big surprise how the design turns out but it is even a bigger surprise how the light and the shadow will turn out. And I must say I’m pleased with the result. Like I said the last time, stay tuned for more upcycle design made by me. Please take a look at the other photo’s at ‘See more photos’.

MilkShell lampshade by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
MilkShell lampshade by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
MilkShell lampshade by Gilbert de Rooij – upcycleDZINE
Photo © Gilbert de Rooij

Design by Gilbert de Rooij | upcycleDZINE



  1. Just great. I’m trying to get ideas for a downsize house we hope to build and just looking at ideas for lighting. It is fabulous. I have seen them use the milk jugs at Christmas in Birmingham, AL. But this is so creative and beautiful. Thank you for being so creative.

  2. My god, othewordly!!! Great fun – I simply adore the resulting light and shadow on the wall! Garbage made fun . . . and slightly ethereal!

    • Thank you. I loved the shape of this lampshade, but when I turned on the light I was stunned by the shadows. Whenever you turn the lamp the shadows change into another great flowery shape.


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