Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Burlap and Bling Lampshade Tutorial kinda/sorta

 No, it's not a hat but you could wear it on your head to a party, or at a party, or to create a party atmosphere at home if you wanted to. Or, you could just use it for the purpose it was intended for. To bring a little burlap and bling to your home decor. This is the base of the lamp/s I made the shades for! It's a vintage crystal lamp from the 1950's. They are at my booth shadeless at the sans shades at the moment but not for long! If you squint, it's easier to picture them together. Go ahead and try it. I'll wait....... See? Yeah,  not so much... anyway....

here's my attempt at a tutorial... kinda /sorta like the title says.

I started with two re-claimed bell shaped lampshades
( medium size) 

 I cut my burlap garland into 13 inch strips and applied them at an angle draping down the lampshade. Glue a corner of the garland at the top of the shade and let the remaining piece drape down and around the shade naturally. Glue it to the shade using your glue gun in a few places. Be careful not to over do the glue because you'll be able to see it through the burlap! Let the pices fall naturally around the shade and fill in the uncovered spaces with random scraps of burlap until the shade is completely covered and you like how it looks.  I tried to channel Magnolia Pearl while was making mine. I was going for that perfectly imperfect look!
Trim any edges of the burlap garland off the bottom of the shade leaving 1/4 inch at the bottom overhang so the white fabric underneath  doesn't show.

 Once your shade is covered apply your black trim to the top edge of the shade. Then apply your ribbon with bling to the top edge of the black trim. ( see below ) Arrange your large stick-on jewels randomly on the shade then glue them in place with your glue gun. Now it's time for you to clip, glue or pin your flower on.  Center it in the middle of the shade in between the bottom of the trim and the bottom of the shade.

TA DA! This was an easy fun up cycling project to do. If you don't like black you can choose any color. I think white, or ivory and lace trim would be lovely too for a classic shabby look!
 Just use your imagination and have fun with it!  
There's a ton of inspiration on pinterest to get your creative juices going!

1 or 2 bell shaped lampshades
1 roll of burlap garland ( you can find it at Michael's craft store )
large flower pin/clips of your choosing
 2 packages large stick- on jewels ( Michael's or Joannes Craft Store )
Black crafting trim 1 yard will give you plenty!
Ribbon with some sparkle
glue gun

So tell me... Hat or lampshade or both? 


camp and cottage living said...

So neat and you made it look so simple!
I need a bedroom shade, this might be the way to go.

Unknown said...

Good luck with yours!

Farmlife Chick said...

Oh, that is adorable!

Unknown said...

Thank you!!! :)

Willow said...

You are just ever so clever !
Lighting up with fun bling :)

Unknown said...

Thank you kindly Willow! :)

Curtains in My Tree said...

That is my kind of a lamp shade
talking about the rhinestone trim

Country Gal said...

Now that is cute ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Unknown said...

I love this little lamp shade! How cute, just the right touch of country and bling!!

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