Do you have any plain lamp shades that you are bored with? Or maybe you want to update your living space a bit, but you’re on a budget?
I searched Pinterest for ideas to update my boring lamps. I found a great DIY article by The Creativity Exchange which demonstrated how to cover a lamp shade with fabric. Looked do-able, so I decided to go for it!
The directions are well-outlined and fairly simple. It took me about an hour – not bad! I still have a little detail work to do on the inside of the shade…but at-a-glance you’d never know. (More on that in a minute.)
~ A drum-style lampshade
~ Fabric (1/3 yard to a yard…depending on size of shade)
~ Hot glue gun
~ Hem tape
~ Binder clips or clothes pins would be helpful
The step I skipped at this point is covering the excess fabric inside the shade with hem tape. I was excited to have completed the outside and wanted to be finished for the day. Here’s what the inside looks like at this point:
I do intend to finish the detail work, but honestly you can’t see it, so for now…on to another priority. Overall I’m pleased with how this turned out, so I think I’m ready to update a larger lampshade in my living room that also needs a makeover. I wanted to try this accent lamp first, as a practice piece.
Go for it, and have fun!