I recently found a plain, little old lamp when I was second-hand shopping. (I don't remember how much I paid for it, but I know it was close to free!) I thought it would be fun and easy to turn it into a cute, fun, jazzy, little old lamp without too much trouble, just by recovering the lamp shade.
Which is just what I did. It's easy to do it yourself! Here's how:
First I gathered all my materials: spray adhesive (Craft Bond), fabric, trim, scissors, paper for a pattern, and of course, the lamp shade.
The shade is very boring in it's present state:
I made a pattern with the paper, by laying the shade on it's side and tracing it as I rolled it across the paper. The pattern is like one half of a circle, or like a little rainbow shape! I cut it a little larger on purpose.
(It's always easier to trim away excess, rather than stretch a too small piece of fabric!)
The next step is easy: cut out the fabric to the pattern. I folded mine and place it on the fold of the fabric. Less cutting that way. (That sounds so lazy!) Also, the fabric is symmetrical when you cut it this way:
Then it's time to fit the fabric to the shade. There was a bit of trimming to make it fit exactly.
I turned the fabric inside out to trace my final cutting lines on it. Then a quick trim with the scissors, and a spritz of the spray adhesive (do that outside!!!) and the fabric gets smoothed carefully onto the shade.
The finishing touch is gluing on the braided trim. I used my hot glue gun, and did a little bit at a time, smoothing and coaxing it into place, cutting it at an angle and gluing down the ends when I got to the end.
That's really all there is to it! A simple project with fabric scraps and some purchased trim. Total cost: $5.00 for the trim. I already had all the other supplies, and I'm sure most of you have fabric and glue stashed away, too.
Here's the finished product:
The jazzed up lamp, in it's new spot on the living room bookcase: