Shedding Some Light on How-to Lampshades, Part One

Good Monday friends.  I don’t know where to even begin to say something about what happened in the Connecticut school shooting, only that my heart, like I am sure all of yours, is  broken.  I am continuing to pray for the families who lost their loved ones, their children, and for those children who witnessed things no child, or person should ever have to endure.

Let’s get to the post now:  I am sharing two lampshades and the how-to I made for my December sale at Paris Flea Market.  These could easily be made from things you already have on hand.

I have a two versions of things to share with you.   I made the first one with  the ruffle leftover from my daughter’s old bedspread, and some burlap ribbon.



Gather your supplies

*lampshade, shape of choice

*Glue Gun and lots of Glue Sticks

*Ruffle of choice or wide ribbon

*Brewed tea and a large bowl for tea dying (if you are going this route)


I started by tea dying the white ruffle, I used several bags of herb tea (Orange Rubios?????, No clue how it got in my cupboard, but definitely not my cup of tea, yuk, yuk).  Brewed them for several minutes, then soaked the ruffles in the bowl.  I weighted it down with a plate, and whatever I had on hand.  A can of CeCe!  Since I made this one super fast, I didn’t take pictures along the way, it was one of those “wingenit” projects.

Tea Staining

Now I will show how to do the same process, using a different material.  Drop cloth!  I ripped strips of drop cloth, about two inches wide, then pulled all the threads so it wouldn’t fray more.  I made the ruffles by putting a drop of hot glue every 2 inches or so, and just worked my way down the strip.  When I had several strips completed, I turned my attention to the lamp.

Drop Cloth Ruffle

I started by putting 2″ straight lines of hotglue about 1/2″ from the top, then started attaching the ruffle.  When I did the entire top in one circle, I snipped the ruffle, glued the seam under.   Then repeated with the second ruffle, going about 1″ under the existing ruffle. It was a decent lampshade, but you will notice the big stain on it.  I bought for a bargain, because of the stain.

Ruffled Lamp Shade Halfway

Here is the lamp shade 1/2 way finished.

Almost all finished.

Ruffled shade almost

And the original one finished.


I didn’t get a picture of the drop cloth finished lamp shade!  I think I ran it down to Paris Flea so fast, then it sold.

This is one the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to update an old lampshade.  I am excited to try new materials on this process.  Let me know if you try it be sure to drop by my weekend link party that begins every Thursday at 2:00.


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  1. says

    I love lamps and have so many ideas for lamp shades! I haven’t done one like this, but it’s on my list now.
    Thanks for the inspiration!


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