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DIY Lamp Shade Up-Cycle

Light sources in a room are one of the moment important elements. The sort of light that they provide can make or break an atmosphere and feel of a room, and in their aesthetic they can make a statement or simply be a key piece of a scheme. However, they can often come with a hefty price tag.
Take these ones from Laura Ashley:
They are so beautiful, but at a £50 price tag each, it’s hard to justify. However, shops such as Laura Ashley, Next Home, John Lewis, Emma Bridgewater etc sell their fabric by the metre for a reasonable amount. Such as the willow fabric from Laura Ashley at £36 a metre, of which you would have plenty left over for other projects, and in stores you can often buy off cuts or however much fabric you require, to up-cycle a plain, cheap shade.
To begin with this is all you will require:
Any cheap shade of your required size – The Range £7.49 | Glue Gun – Hobbycraft £5 | Glue Sticks (I used 3) – Amazon 11p per stick | Scissors | Fabric of your choice
Firstly you’re going to want to cut enough fabric to cover the shade. You can use a rolling technique by placing one end on the shade and rolling it round until you meet the fabric again. You want to leave at least 2 inches along both sides and at one end.



Next, you want to take your glue gun, (you can use fabric glue if you want, but the beauty of hot glue is that with a bit of light force you can quite easily and cleanly peel of the fabric if you get bored of the pattern and go again!) and you want to hem your fabric at the end that will be seen going up the side of the shade. So simply run a line of glue up it, and fold it over and press down for a few seconds to get a nice fold.
 Now fold it over:
With the raw edge end, you are going to want to glue that directly onto the shade, so run a line of glue up the side and then press the fabric down on top.


Now comes the fiddliest part. Place the shade on its side and pull the fabric taught underneath it. In order to get the nicest finish possible, we are going to first hem the edge of the fabric to get a nice finish, before pulling it over and gluing it to the inside of the shade. So run a line of glue along the edge, and then fold it over in half, to get a nice edge. It’s best to do this in manageable sections of a few inches or so at a time.


With the edge now neat by doing the fold, you are going to want to run another line of hot glue on top of your edge, and then carefully pull it over the edge of the shade and press in place for a few seconds. Make sure that whilst you are doing this you are pulling the fabric nice and taught.


You will now want to repeat this on the other side of the shade, and then work along the fabric, section by section. Doing one side of the shade, and then the other before moving on.
Once you’ve come to the end of the shade, simply pop a line of glue along where your nicely hemmed edge is going to be on the shade and press in place.
In case you didn’t get any of that (wouldn’t be surprised with my poor explanatory skills!), here’s a few pics of the inside so you can see and work out how to do it. It definitely could look better, I did this one in about 5 minutes! But, unless someones really going to look closely and get a good look inside it, it’s not very noticeable that its a DIY.


et voilà! Your brand new pimped out lamp shade.


 For the finishing touch I also added a pom pom trim around the bottom edge using some hot glue, I got the trim from here.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully it’s given you some inspiration to do some up-cycling!

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