I am so excited to share this DIY Lampshade Makeover with you! These crystal ball lamps with the pretty pink shades so exceeded my expectations.
To tell the truth, this project almost did me in. I will spare you the gory details of burned fingers, ripped fabric, and bad words. All the trauma was worth it.
Let me show you how I transformed a plastic-y shade into a shade fit for a little girl’s bedroom.
DIY Lampshade Makeover
- old lampshade
- fabric (I used about 1/2 yard per shade)
- hot glue gun
Before I head to Hobby Lobby for fabric, I always double check my craft room stash to see if there is anything I can make work.
Baby Pink Gingham Flannel! Jackpot!
Step 1: Deconstruct Old Lampshade
Pull. Yank. Cut. Basically rip it to pieces.
Step 2: Begin to Attach Fabric
Turn the stripped down shade upside down then begin hot gluing the fabric to the bottom of the lampshade frame.
Attach the fabric using hot glue completely around the bottom of the lampshade. Make sure to leave an even “hem” of 1/2 inch all the way around.
Step 3: Create Bottom Seam
Carefully run a bead of hot glue on the bottom of the frame then fold over the hem to create a finished seam. Do this *carefully*. They don’t call it hot glue for nothing, people!
Step 4: Attach the Fabric to the Top
Flip the shade frame up right.
Run a small bead of hot glue on the frame. Quickly and carefully pull the fabric taunt up and over the frame. By creating small folds as the fabric was pulled tight and glued down it made the pleated look I was going for.
If you accidentally do not have enough fabric to cover the entire frame, simply cut another strip of fabric and hot glue that baby right on down to cover up the gap.
It’s going to be on the back anyway! Right?
Because this lampshade frame was larger on the bottom than the top the fabric will not lay smooth and straight. Okay… maybe it would if you create some sort of mathematical template for it. My kindergarten teacher brain doesn’t work that way.
Sad but true. 😉
Step 5: Create Top Seam
Remove excess fabric but leave 1/2″ hem.
Carefully hot glue the hem down to create a seam along the top of the lampshade.
Step 6: Add Ribbon Trim
Adding this frilly, girly pink ribbon is the perfect finishing touch to this lampshade.
Those burned fingers were so worth it!
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