The lampshade in the basement needed some work but I wasn't sure if my idea was going to work. I didn't want to ruin the already-existing lampshade and I didn't want to buy a new one for this project. Then, lo and behold, sitting there on the curb, ready to go to the landfill was a neighbor's standing lamp. It called to me so I didn't ignore the plea of "take me home". I can't believe what people throw out. Yes, there was a tear in the lampshade, but oh! the possibilities. I've got future plans for the rest of the lamp, but this lampshade was destined for today's project so enjoy!
Before shot: the lamp is nice but boring. After shot: full of character and a little bit of pride from salvaging somebody else's trash and making it live another day in another way (what's with me and my rhymes today?).
|It was so much fun picking out the fabric at Hobby Lobby!|
Cotton fabric in complimentary colors and styles
An old lampshade, of course
Note: my lampshade measures 10 inches in diameter at the top and about 15 inches at the bottom of the lampshade. Each patterned fabric, I purchased only 1/4 of a yard. The solid fabric, I purchased 1/2 of a yard. I had some fabric leftover, but not much. I had a total of 7 different fabrics.
What You'll Do
|First things first: tear off the fabric from the lampshade down to the wire.|
|Using regular scissors, cut a slit two-finger widths across the fabric.|
|Starting at the slit, tear down the fabric into long strips. This should be easy.|
|Take the strip and knot it to the top and the bottom of the lampshade.|
|Just like this.|
|Then, keep going, and going, and going with all your fabric!|
This was such a fun and relaxing project to do on a rainy day while stuck in a car, waiting for Super Hubby. The whole project took less than 3 hours from start to finish.