Easy Lampshade Makeover Using Fabric

If you read my last post, you already know that I recently picked up a super cool lamp for $5 at a thrift store I'd been dying to go to. Well, this super cool lamp came with a super blah lampshade. I wanted to make it look very cottage-y and shabby-chic. This project was probably my favorite because I had a lot of fun picking out a fabric and trim and just playing around with potential designs. I love how it turned out and it was surprisingly an easy project!

What I Used:

Fabric - I used 1 yard of fabric from Jo-Ann's vintage fabric collection

Trim - I used 1⁄2-inch apparel trim from Jo-Ann

Spray adhesive - I used Elmer's Mulit-Purpose Spray Adhesive

Newspapers (or you can use a large piece of paper to trace the shape)

The first thing I needed to do was to trace the shape of the lampshade and make a stencil of sorts. The easiest thing I could think of was to take a large newspaper (I used weekly grocery circulars I got in the mail) and lay it on one side of the lampshade, hold it in place with my left hand, and trace along the edges of the lampshade with a pencil from one seam to the next, all along the perimeter of the lampshade. It took me a few tries to get this step right because I kept poking holes and ripping the paper because it was so thin.

Once I was finished tracing, I took the newspaper off and cut out the pattern I had traced, and I was left with a makeshift stencil. Next, I laid the stencil onto my fabric, and with a pencil I traced the pattern. You might want to do this step with your fabric wrong-side-up so the pencil marks won't show on the pretty side.

Then I repeated this step three more times for the lampshade's remaining three sides. After all the tracing was done, I carefully cut out the patterns from my fabric. I wasn't too worried about the edges of my pattern being even because any uneven areas would be covered by my 1⁄2-inch trim.

To prep the lampshade for the adhesive, I used a lint roller to get all of the little fuzzies and cat hair off (yuck!). I also removed the old trim since It was falling apart and looked very dated. I took the lampshade and sprayed the adhesive glue on one side of the lamp, then laid my fabric down onto the lampshade, working from top to bottom, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles.

The great thing about the Elmer's Spray Adhesive is that it is repositionable, so if you see that your fabric is a bit unevenly placed on the lampshade, you can lift it up and re-adjust it. I had to do this step multiple times!

I repeated this process on all four sides and then moved onto the trim. Working on one side of the lampshade at a time, I measured the length from the top edge of the lampshade to the bottom and cut my trim to size. Next, I used my hot-glue gun to attach the trim all around the perimeter and repeated this step for all four sides.

We're done! Isn't it cute? Let me know what y'all think.


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