Ruffled Lamp Shade Tutorial

DIY ruffled lamp shade made from burlap
DIY ruffled lamp shade made from burlap

These lamps which sit on the credenza in living room were just recently moved out of our bedroom to make room for the larger teal lamps with the sisal shades. The old shades were broken so we bought these new ones from Lowe’s. I likes them at first but the longer I lived with them the more I just felt that they weren’t working in the room. Then I was inspired by this lampshade from Mama says Sew: IMG_2763-1

Here’s the materials you’ll need:

  1. Lampshade
  2. Burlap (I used 1.5 yards to do 2 shades but it will depend on the size of your shade)
  3. Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape measure
  6. Spray Adhesive
  7. Iron and Ironing board
Materials: Lampshade, burlap, hot glue gun, scissors, and spray adhesive.
Materials: Lampshade, burlap, hot glue gun, scissors, and spray adhesive.

First, cut a piece of burlap to size to cover your entire shade.  Spray the shade with the adhesive to get the burlap to stick then while pulling the burlap tautly hot glue the fabric on the top and bottom to the back side of the shade. Don’t worry if it looks messy,

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Second, cut the ruffles to size. This again will depend on the size of your lampshade. My shade was 7 in high so I cut the strip to 10 in. Next, decide how far you want the ruffles to stick off the shade and double that. I wanted by ruffles to stick off 1 in so I cut the strips of burlap to 2 in x 10 in. Don’t worry about precision while cutting them. Now, setting your iron on the wool setting, fold each strip in half and iron it flat.

 

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Once your piece have all been ironed in half you can begin to attach them to the shade. Apply a squiggly line if hot glue to the shade and attach the folded end of the strips. Try to keep the burlpa perpendicular to the shade to get the best look. Make sure to hold the strip in the glue for a minute before moving on, so that you don’t undo what you already did. I found it easiest to attach them about an inch apart then go back and fill in the gaps. The hardest part is trying to keep your lines random. After doing about 1/4th of the shade I was ready to give up. It’s pretty tedious work and I didn’t think it looked right, but don’t give up! The more ruffles I attached the better it looked! Also, take a step back from it. When you’re an inch away from the shade it’s pretty easy to become obsessed with all the imperfections, but a step back magically washes them all away.

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If you have any strip overhanging the shade when you are done, simply use the scissors to trim the top and bottom to get a nice even finish.

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I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the finished product!Oh and did I mention that the total cost for both shades was $6.29?! Can’t beat that. Now I just have to get on finishing the second shade. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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