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Lampshade Makeover

Hey all you lovelies! How good is it to see some sunshine?! It makes everything feel better doesn’t it?

I’m really excited about this craft. Partly because it’s the first thing I’ve started and finished for ages and also because it was so simple but looks so fabulous!
I bought two plain lampshades about 4/6 months ago with the intention of doing ‘something’ with them. Every time I look at them I think “what am I going to do with those?”

This week I decided to have a look through Pinterest for some inspiration and when this little beauty by emeraldcovejewelry.blogspot.com popped up, which you can check out here, I knew it was the one for me. Hardly any prep, easy and quick. What more could a girl want from/for a craft?

What you will need.

Lamp shade
White sheet or pillowcases.
Good scissors

Obviously mine is all white as that’s what I like but you could do different colour shades and sheets. It would be interesting to see it done in other colours. Maybe a blue lampshade with the white material?

Fortunately I had a white sheet in the cupboard that I had already started using for other crafts. If you don’t have one spare you can get them really cheaply in lots of places.
1. Make cuts along the top edge of the sheet, roughly 1 inch wide, then rip the sheet all the way to the bottoms, then pull off the loose threads on the edges.
2. Put one of the full sized strips through the lampshade so that you can measure how much you will need to double knot, leaving enough to give the effect.


Knot, cut then untie so you can measure the rest of the strips required.  There’s no need to be too accurate as the look is very shabby chic so doesn’t have to be perfect. (Remember if your starting to run out of strips to keep once back to measure more.

3. Once they are all cut you can start tying them around your shade. I did a really basic pattern where I tied the first one near the top and kept coming down with each one until I was at the bottom. I did it in groups of 5 so each time the 5th one was at the bottom I would start the next one at the top again. You could do any pattern or just random whatever you fancy really.



My lampshades were quite small, I used 30 ish on each one. Obviously the bigger your lampshade the more you will need to use and the longer they will need to be.  Also if you cut your strips narrower, you will need more and if you cut them thicker, you will need less.

I’m over the moon with the way they have turned out and so pleased I have actually gotten round to doing them. Yay me! It’s also inspired me to do something about the mirror in the bedroom too – which will be on another post.

I couldn’t resist sharing this pic too!


Hope you enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed doing it.  Let me know what you think and if you might give it a go. Would love some feed back and photos if anyone tries it. Happy crafting.

Lots of love ❤️

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  • Reply jenny white March 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    What a beautifully simply, but very effective way to vamp up a plain shade……….and such easy to follow commentary too as usual. Love your blog Kate, can’t wait for the next one xx

    • Reply Kate March 14, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks Jenny x

  • Reply Bridie Garrard March 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Love your lampshades Kate!!Just darn beautiful,I feel inspired,as I’m not particularly creative although have felt an “itch”to be more creative over the last year or so,but it’s finding projects that are fairly straight forward and effective that’s so hard,but these lampshades I’m going to have to give a go!Thank you Lovely Kate!

    • Reply Kate March 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      I’m so pleased that you like them and that its inspired you to give it a go! Let me know how you get on xxx

  • Reply Jeanne March 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Hi Kate…love this idea….to freshen up an old shade or two…you’ve inspired me to have a go with one…I’m wondering if it’ll work with shot turquoise silk as I’m looking forward to a new look in my new home…!

    • Reply Kate March 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Hey Jeanne that’s great that you are feeling inspired. I think turquoise silk would look amazing! I would love to see some pictures if you do it xxx

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