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Saturday, February 26, 2011

ruffled lamp shade {tutorial}

Well, here's a money saving knock off if there ever were one....
I mean, I do love Anthropologie.
But $88 for this Ruffled Lamp Shade? C'mon!

But $88 for this Ruffled Lamp Shade? C'mon!

Armed with a hot glue gun, $4 worth of burlap and a $7 lamp shade, I'm going to make my own! 
{yikes! am I on a burlap kick?}


 - lamp shade
 - burlap (I used 1 1/2 yards for a medium shade)
 - hot glue gun/glue

First step is to cover your lampshade.
I'm sure there are all sorts of ways out there to do this. And I'm sure I'm doing it completely wrong but I just rolled my lamp slowly across the fabric and traced the area it needed. Make sure to leave an inch or two extra on the edges to fold under and glue.
Hot glue works really well with burlap so attaching it shouldn't be tough {though it can get messy!}

Now start cutting strips for your ruffles. These strips needs to be 2-3 inches wide and all different lengths. 
For example, my lamp shade is 7 inches high and I cut strips that were 11 inches, 7 inches, and 4 inches long. There's no specific math to it though. Just make sure you have a variety.

Now take all these strips and fold them in half {long ways} and press.

Grab your glue gun and start attaching those ruffles! Start with the longest strips first.
Make curvy lines with the glue and stick the folded edge onto the glue line.

These shouldn't be uniform! Make them random, spaced out, whatever. The advantage to this is that it isn't a project you can mess up!

Keep attaching the long ruffles around the outside of the shade. 
Then move on to your smaller sizes in between Make sure to keep using lots of curvy lines. I like to curve them the opposite way of the ones next to them. Adds a little more texture and keeps it random.

Keep attaching the strips. When your spaces get smaller, use the smaller ruffles to fill in the gaps. 

Once your shade is completely covered with tons of ruffles, the edging on it might look a little rough...

Trim the edges by cutting the harsh corners off and curving the ruffle edges.

And you're done. Display and enjoy!!

Burlap comes in all different colors. 
This could be a great holiday shade or an every day shade like I have here!
All in all, this project took me one episode of Parenthood and most of a Biggest Loser episode.
{ok ok, so I'm catching up on my tv}

Hope you're having a beautiful Saturday!! Go create something!

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