Tuesday, March 15, 2011

20 Minute Shade

Happy Tuesday! Today's green DIY is a 20 minute lamp shade makeover (depending on the size of your shade). I really like for my lamp shades to be interesting by offering texture or color to the room. So this little white shade I had hanging around really felt blah and fell short in the exciting department. So I decided to fix that with some green fabric I found at JoAnn's for $8.99 a yard but I only purchased 1/2 of a yard for the project and I even had quite a bit left over. All you need is scissors, a shade, fabric & scrapbooking glue dots for a non-permanent approach. Normally I would use spray adhesive along with a little hot glue to secure the fabric onto the shade permanently, however, knowing that I am about to call San Francisco home in a few months I know that my items need to stay somewhat flexible since I do not know what my room/furniture layout will be. So I chose to use glue dots around the inside top and inside bottom of the shade to secure the fabric all the way around and surprisingly it all stayed and looks polished and not sloppy. This made me super excited because now I am not committed to this bold fabric on this shade forever if I chose to change it! Here is the shade from start to finish:
It really was simple to do. I just cut the fabric to the size of the shade (allowing a few inches extra on the top and bottom so that I could wrap it) and then I placed glue dots all along the inside of the top and bottom parts of the shade. Then all that was left to do was wrapping the fabric around the shade and securing it to the glue dots that were in place. It took me only 20 minutes. Not too bad for a little style lift!  *Also just a thought, since you need such a little amount of fabric for a shade this size, you really could go crazy and buy some more expensive fabric than you normally would allow yourself to buy for a project and it would go a long way.


  1. I loooooooooove this! That fabric is gorgeous! ...I can't wait to try it myself.


  2. Thanks so much Kim! You totally should it was super easy and just the little extra wham bam touch it needed ;.) I would love to see it when you're done!


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