Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easy Lamp Shade Redo

Sorry I haven't blogged in a few days. We got busy over the weekend. And we took a day trip to the IKEA in Palo Alto, California. Ugh, I can't even tell you exactly how awesome it was. It was only my second time going to an IKEA, but this was nothing like the first IKEA I went to. It was huge and insanely busy. Like the adult, home decor version of Disney Land.

Anyways, I came home and wanted to get projects done, but the kiddos have been less than cooperative. And Levi caught a nasty cold, so now he's sick and needs lots of mommy time.

I thought I'd start back blogging with a post on how to redo a lamp shade, simple and easy peasy. I promise.

For supplies you need a lamp shade you currently don't like the looks of. Scissors. Hot glue gun and plenty of hot glue. Fabric.

Lamp shade #1 I re-did for the 2nd time.

 
This was the lamp shade I had decorated in Rian's room. I ended up not liking it though because the shade was more of a linen color and not white like I decided to go with. So I ripped off the ribbon and was going to start from scratch. (Just ignore that darn painted on bird, mm-kay?)
 
I cut pieces of white fabric into stips about 5 inches wide. I used my pinking shears, hoping the fabric would fray less.

 
Then I took some embroidery thread I had and wrapped it around the piece of fabric and tied it in a double knot.
 
Then I used every crafter's most cherished tool, and hot glued the fabric to the top and bottom of the lamp shade.
 
I went all around the lamp adding my pieces of fabric. Then I used left over fabric to tuck behind the gathered and glued pieces of fabric so you couldn't see the original lamp shade fabric anymore. I didn't bother covering the bird with a gathered piece of fabric though. I'm just going to turn her shade the other way. (Yes, I know that means I half-arsed this project.) Oh, and my fabric was less wrinkled, but I defer back to the 2nd picture in this post. Baby girl obviously didn't care if her lamp shade fabric was wrinkled so neither did I.
 
 
 

 
See simple and easy and costs next to nothing.
 
These are the other two lamp shades I re-did for our room.
Before:


After:

 You can either use string like I did here, or cut of strips of fabric like the one below.



 Now I just need to repaint the actual lamp. But don't tell my husband I said that. ;)

39 comments:

Kimberly said...

Love the blue & white lampshade! That definitely adds a splash of color to the room!

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

Wow - love the first one! You are talented!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

How cute! I love the blue & white as well! I have some lamps in our living room that I'm so tired of & am going to have to try something like this!

MrsJenB said...

Ooooh I love it! I wish I was crafty like you!

And my lips are sealed on the repainting! ;)

Kristen said...

that is so, so cute! Esp the first one. I'm def going to have to give that a try...from comment hour

Heather said...

Those are adorable!!!!
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Christina said...

I want your bedroom shades! What a neat idea :)

Counselor Musings said...

I love these lampshades! Definitely giving me some inspiration right now.... Visit from comment hour!

Miranda Hartrampf said...

Ohh i love DIY projects they are so fun... i too need to srpuce up my home

Sue said...

Stopping by from SITS #CommentHour

that is awesome! I love them. Love the blue & white :)

Kita said...

I have been looking for a new design blog for the longest I have found it. I love the lamp design very different and I love Ikea they have so many nice things for the low.

Donna U said...

That's a clever way to update a lamp! Visiting from #CommentHour. I'm Just One Donna from www.justonedonna.com.

Amanda said...

This is gorgeous! I would love to try it! Stopping by from Comment hour

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the blue print fabric you chose!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

How cute!! I keep reading about IKEA, but I have never been to one.

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TryItMom said...

I love simple crafts like this! They are beautiful :) OH, and I LIVE for Ikea!

The Lucky Wife said...

LOVE those! Great idea and EASY is always good. We're battling a nasty cold at our house, going on 1 week+ now, so I feel for ya. It's no fun especially when it goes around the whole house.

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Ginger said...

What a cute idea! It makes such a dramatic change! I am a new follower via SITS Comment Hour.

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Caren said...

That's the IKEA I go to! Love the turquoise lamp!!! Great idea! (comment hour)

paperartscene.com said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing. I want to try it!

Gina said...

I am not a craft lover, but this I could do! It looks so cool! and I love IKEA, but after you get thru there don't you feel like you have been in another world for like hours and hours,,,my eyes get all glazed over at all the displays...lol ♥

Jessica said...

Love this! I love do-it herself projects
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Geek.Girl.Wife said...

Oh, how wonderful! Thanks for the great post!

Sara said...

I loved Ikea growing up! Our local one had a room with balls that kids could play in while our parents shopped. It was awesome!

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Jamee said...

That is so cute and looks so easy! Maybe even I can pull it off! Stopping by from SITS comment hour!

Miranda said...

So easy a kid could do it!

Jenny said...

that's cute :D

Katy said...

How cute & crafty! I want to try it!

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Amy said...

Lovely idea for a lamp shade. I'll have to try it if i ever get a lamp.

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Marilenn @ TheStudioAlcantara.Com said...

Love it Jen! Especially the printed one. Will have to try it myself sometime :D

wildcatterswife.com said...

My LORD!! You're so crafty!! You made the lamp? Geez. The colors are sweet and inviting.

YuL hm said...

coming from #CommentHour ~

wow ! it looks so beautiful ~

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TheProDiva said...

What a great way to turn blah into fab! I always wished I was this creative. Great job! Stopping by to show some comment hour love!

Toqua's Crafts said...

I live 2.5 hours (one way) away from an IKEA... I've only been once. I think my husband is lucky that it's so far away!! LOL

Cute idea for the lamp shades!

I missed @CommentHour tonight, but I still wanted to come by and visit.

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eileenludwig said...

DIY projects are great way to revive old items into something fun

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Jenae @ Wildflower said...

That is super cute!

Kari said...

this is adorable! I'm just starting to experience my inner crafter and I'm going to put this on the list of things I want to do!

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Kari
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Jade said...

I would never have thought to cover them like that, they are so cute. Great job! I'm always looking for new ways to get the most out of my hot glue gun.

Have a lovely day,
Jade
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Tina said...

As you can see I am behind in my blog commenting! =P These are GORGEOUS!! Love that material you chose for your room! I've got to file this idea away for later use!