Lampshade Craft Project.

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Why I Need A Lampshade Craft Project.

I needed little lamp shades for my small chandelier. The shade I was looking at cost $14.99 each, so much money. I had to have 4 of them. Wal-Mart had plain white shades for $3.98. The shades were 6-inch diameter, 5 inches high. Great, just what I need but I didn't want plain white I had to figure out how to make them look better and this idea came to me. I decided to find a way to make some cheap crafty lampshades out of the little white shades. This is a how-to on how to cover these shades

I don't mind mix and match so I didn't mind using different stripes of fabric. You can see from some of my other hubs how I like to mix and match. The shades were even cheaper at our home improvement store.

Items needed for making lampshades.

For this project you will need:

♦Elmers Glue

♦Two small bowls

♦Measuring spoons

♦Small paint brush

♦Scissors

♦Lamp shade

♦Fabric.

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Lamp Shade
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How To:

My lamp shade is a small shade for a chandelier.

Use different kinds of fabric for this project but if you’d rather you could stick with just one fabric.

It takes about 12-14 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 12 inches long.

1 piece of fabric 1 ½ inch wide and 20 inches long. Check your fabric stash and use leftover fabric. Use whatever you have.

Cut your strips first. You can cut them or you can tear them whatever you want to do. THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT.

Mix your glue it takes about 1 tablespoon of glue to one tsp. of hot water mixed in one of your bowls. I didn't do more than 2 tablespoons at a time but if you want you can do more.

In the other bowl pour a little-undiluted glue; you will be using this with your paint brush.

Wet one stripe of fabric at a time. Then dip it into the glue, make sure it has glue all over but then hold it up between your fingers pull down to get rid of all the excess glue.

Take your strip and lay it on the shade fold over the top edge 2 inches. From the bottom fold your strip up the inside you’re of shade until you hit the top fabric that has been folded down. Smooth it down inside and out. Make sure the top and bottom edge are smooth and turned over tight. Smooth the strip and get all bubbles out. Once you have done this now take your paint brush and dip it in the undiluted glue. Paint the edges of the fabric to make sure they are laying down flat. Go all the way around your shade adding your strips. You will come to areas where your strips will be angled and leaving a gap, just add a strip over that gap. The strips will not be completely straight on the lamp. DON'T WORRY about that. They are not going to be straight they will overlap.

The glue will dry clear. This is a messy job. I did it on a counter where I knew I could get the glue off easily. The glue is washable and comes off of just about everything you use it on. I plan on doing 3 more shades. I don't worry about the ragged edges showing and I like the different fabric look. The ribbon is hard to see in these photos, but it is there. Remember when you put the ribbon on make sure the color you like in the fabric is at the end of the ribbon. I didn't do that and all the pretty colors I liked in the fabric ended up in the back.

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Adding a Ribbon

When you’ve got all your strips on you can leave it this way if you want. I added the ribbon using my 20-inch piece of fabric. I cut angles on the tips of the ribbon. I soak it in the glue put it around my lampshade over the top of my strips. Then tie it in a double knot. Now you have a ribbon and you can shape it any way you want once the glue dries it will stay that way.

While the shade is drying keep checking it and make sure there are not bubbles and the edges are down. If you see bubbles smooth them out. You can paint on more glue if need be.

I put mine on a plastic place mat to dry. Don’t dry it on paper!

That’s it your shade is done. You could also do this on a big shade. It took about 24 hours to dry. When they're done drying they are very hard.

What the edges of the fabric looks like once glued down.

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Finished Shade
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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Stephanie Henkel, Thank you for stopping by. It really does help an old shade look better. I have a few I need to do but I need to get the time. Thanks so much for the vote and share.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, Thank you I appreciate you coming by.


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

Your lampshade is adorable! I can see doing this to revamp an old shade, too. Your directions and photos are great...gotta try this on a shade in my art studio that's looking a little shabby. Voted up and shared.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

What an awesome tutorial! These look so beautiful.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

DDE, Thank I appreciate it. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lampshade Craft Project awesome hub with a creative idea and looks so beautiful


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vocalcoach, Your welcome it's a little messy but easy. Thanks for stopping by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you I appreciate all of it.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Now here's a project I'd like to sink my teeth into - uh, er, my hands that is :) Can't wait to try this. You've provided such clear instructions. Thank you moonlake for sharing.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Really beautiful and a wonderful idea. Voted up, beautiful, shared and pinned.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Helen, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Helen 3 years ago

Great idea. I can do that and I have shades that need new covers


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you it is a cheap way to cover a lamp shade. Thanks so much for the share and vote.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a great idea! It would be fun to coordinate the colors of lampshades to match or even contrast with other colors in a room. Nice way to customize a look! Up and useful votes and will share.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. There are so many ways this could be done on small or large shades. Thanks for the vote and share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

A great solution to a problem and a great idea too! I can see lots of possibilities with this project. Once could use a solid color fabric and paint on it or applique it or just use a simple print. There are so many different ways one could cover a lampshade to make it fit in better. Voted up and will share!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ITcoach, Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment. I'm glad my instruction were clear. I appreciate you stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Tammy, Thanks for stopping by. I like the shabby chic with flowers but not to the point of there being to many flowers. I haven't lately done any other shades just been to busy. If I do another one I will put it on here. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate the sharing and the pin.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

That is absolutley gorgeous! Do you do any other kinds? I really want to learn how to do this and also learn the shabby chic style with the flowers. (Hint, hint). I love this! Sharing and pinning!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Om Paramapoonya,

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is very cost effective. Shades are so expensive if they have any color to them.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Nice! This idea is very cost-effective, easy and fun. There's actually one plain lamp shade in my house that needs to be beautified. Thanks for the inspiration! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

That's right and I love shabby chic. Pictures of edges are on.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Well if someone notices the raggedy edge, you just call it shabby chic!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Dolores Monet,

Yes, there will be a raggedy edge which I like but when you put the glue on the raggedy edge,it flattens out and doesn't really show. I suppose if you wanted to you could turn under but that would be lots of extra work. I'll try to take a picture of the edge so you can see how it looks. If you cut the fabric there won't be much of a raggedy edge. If you tear it there will be more of a raggedy look because you will have lose threads.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

They don't have to be perfect? That's what you said. You are wrong! This is perfect! I love it! But I am having trouble understanding - I get how the overlap works, but don't you have one real raggedy edge? Should you not turn the last edge in? Well, whatever, your lamp shades are so beautiful. And isn't it cool knowing they are the only ones like that in the whole world! You need to open an Etsy shop.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Ardie,

They would be cute in a kids room. So glad you stopped by thanks for leaving a comment.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

That is the cutest idea ever! I have mini-lamps in each of my kids' bedrooms and they have the plain old boring white lamp shades too. Im going to try this!!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

The Dirt Farmer,

I'm glad their easy to follow, I wasn't sure. I know I have trouble reading instructions so the easier the better. I guess pictures always help.

Thanks for stopping by.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from Maryland

What a fun project! And your instructions are easy to follow. Great hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thanks for stopping by. An old lamp shade would be a very good idea. Turn old to new.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thanks for stopping by. An old lamp shade would be a very good idea. Turn old to new.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great idea! Thanks. I think I have an old lampshade hanging around somewhere.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Derdriu,

Thanks for stopping by glad you enjoyed the hub. You really could do some for holidays and change the shades whenever you want.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Moonlake: What an easy, enjoyable, entertaining project to carry out! It gives a lamp such a festive, special, unique look. It lends itself really well to decorating for special occasions: birthdays and holidays.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mary615,

Thanks for checking out my hub. It is fun to just do a craft and it turns out the way you thinking it should.

Thanks for the vote.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

As a crafter, I always like new ideas! This is a good one. Isn't it great when we think of something, and just do it! Gives you a good sense of satisfaction. Good Hub. I voted UP, etc. Bye for now.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Bob,

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked my shade. I have many ideas about bases. Idea's are always rolling around in my head. Drives my husband crazy.


diogenes 4 years ago

What a great idea! White goods of all sorts: sheets, towels, cloths, etc., and lamp shades are all considerable cheaper than their colored counterparts. I was recently shopping for a floor, or standard, lamp. They are rare as hen's teeth today in the UK and the ones you can find are sooo pricy.

Now you need to tell us how to make cheap bases!

Voted up and interesting...Bob


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

AliciaC,

Thank you for stopping by. I think it took me about an hour to put this together and that was with me running upstairs cutting my strips and looking through my fabric. It wasn't a real organized planned project but the next three will be.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Rtalloni, Thank you for stopping and by and thanks for the vote. No problem with linking. I have to check out your dresser don't think I have seen it.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This looks like a fun and creative craft project, moonlake! Thank you for the instructions.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Back to say I'm linking this hub to mine on painting a dresser since I see one of these lampshades in the future of my dresser!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Such a cute, cute project. Voted up and bookmarked.

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