DIY Lamp Shade

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I have this lamp shade that has cracks and dents in it. (Actually I have a few shades with cracks and dents in it.) A casualty of the kitties turning every surface and object into their obstacle course. This lamp has been knocked over more times than I can count. I’m surprised the lamp even works! The shade, well it has seen better days.

This is actually its good side.

This is actually its good side.

Today this post is about taking a broken, cracked, dented lamp shade and making it brand new again. Here’s what I did… (Items used: 1 dinged up lamp shade, fabric, scissors, glue gun, glue sticks, measuring tape, lint roller, and a magic wand or a pencil, whichever you have on hand!)

Lint roller is for all the kitty hair attached to said shade. Evidence it was them!!!!

Lint roller is for all the kitty hair attached to said shade. Evidence it was them!!!!

I cut out circles out of fabric I had on hand. (It was a curtain “made from a twin sheet” I fabric painted grey circles on for my daughters bedroom). We’ve moved from that house but I kept the curtains. I cut circles…many, many circles. I sorted out the circles that had any grey in them and set them aside for another project. Really, once you have your circles cut out, you are good to go.

Lots and lots of circles...

Lots and lots of circles…

Find the center using a pencil or magic wand...

Find the center using a pencil or magic wand…

Work the fabric around the pencil...

Work the fabric around the pencil…

I chose to start at the top of the lamp shade. I measured out about an inch between each little “flower” (that’s what I will call them from here on out✿.

And the fun begins! Start hot glueing.

And the fun begins! Start hot glueing. (Please pardon the dire need for a manicure. I work way too much with my hands!)

Yay, first flower! One down.

Yay, first flower! One down.

Then I glued a line of flowers in a straight line to the bottom of the shade. Measuring about an inch apart.

Then I glued a line of flowers in a straight line to the bottom of the shade. Again measuring about an inch apart. This way it gave me a guide to eyeball the rest of the flowers without having to measure. I still kept in mind roughly an inch all around each flower.

And glueing...

Keep on gluing…

And glueing...

Keep on gluing…

Keep on...well you get the picture.

Keep on…well you get the picture.

Almost done.

Almost done.

After you are done, adjust the "petals" (fluff them up)

After you are done, adjust the “petals” (fluff them up) and look for any bare spots.

Bare spot! Oh no.

I found one here… Bare spot! Oh no! Teehee, never fear. Easy fix…

All done!

Glue more as needed… All done!

And there you have it.

Yippee! ❀

And there you have it. A lampshade that was destined for the trash. Now recycled, remade, renewed. All it really cost me was my time.

It really lights up my life and the corner of the room too! ;)

It really lights up my life and the corner of the room too! πŸ˜‰

You can do this technique with many types of fabric as well as tissue paper! You can cut the shapes into circles or even squares. Technique stays the same. I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. Please “Like, follow and share”. I really do appreciate you popping in!

I hope you find things that will light up your life today! ❀Koko❀


96 thoughts on “DIY Lamp Shade

  1. I like it! You make it look easy enough (although, I’m sure that I will still probably manage to struggle with it😝)…
    And I definitely won’t have to look far for a damaged lamp shade or three. Yes. I have cats as well.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. Koko, what a great idea for battered lamp shades, I’ve got two of them on a shelf in my garage just waiting for a spark of creative ideas, and you’ve given me the spark I needed.. Great post and you made a beautiful lamp shade ..
    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura~

    • And it’s comments like yours that keeps me going, making, creating. Thank you for that! I hope when you do remake your shades you will post it! I look forward to seeing your success! All the best, Koko✿

  3. What a great idea! You’re pretty crafty! I’m definitely gonna give this a try. I’ve got some beat up lamp shades that could use a makeover. Thumbs up!

    • I’m always looking for ways to fix stuff up. This really fit the bill! If you get to your shades, I’d love to see what you come up with. It’s fun to experiment. Your comment made my day. That k you for the encouragement! Have a great evening! πŸ™‚

    • My home is always evolving. I really am striving for less things. Which brings me back to repurposing the things I do have. I’m glad you like atkokosplace. I do hope you will come back for more! Here’s to happy home making! πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for visiting my site and liking my post about how to make birdhouses out of flower pots.

    That lampshade looks ADORABLE! I’ll have to explore your site some more. Have a great day!

    • I know right?! The glue gun has to be one of the coolest inventions for easy projects. Really this project is super easy, anyone can do it (just not for little hands as the glue can be really hot!!!) Big aspirations is all you need. Just do it! πŸ˜€ All the best, Koko❀

    • I’m smiling from ear to ear! YOU are a doll! Thank you for such sweet words. I do hope you will post your amazing projects because I wanna see!!!!! <3❀❀❀❀

  5. Omg, you’re amazing at this! ❀ I really love your blog, you have the most amazing ideas. I always tell myself that I'll end up reusing something broken for something else but I never get around to it, so it's incredible to me that you do, and they are such works of art.

    • You are an absolute doll to say so! I too have things that I need to get around to fixing and doing. So many projects; such little time! Just pick one thing and do it. πŸ™‚ It warms my heart knowing someone likes what I’ve done. Have a fantastic day! I am looking outside my window at 4 inches of snow that fell last night! πŸ˜€

  6. This is so cool! And it came out beautiful! I will have to try it, because like you, I can’t throw out lots of things and I always have materials to do crafts with. But I never think I have the time. This looks like it wouldn’t take too long πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

    • Time is a problem. I have so many projects to do! This was easy and fast! I find I have to just do it. If I think too much I can get overwhelmed! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Sweet! Yes, I’ve done the “blossoms” in a corner of a top like near the hemline, also around the neckline and a bouquet near one shoulder. Thank you for kindly dropping by and commenting! πŸ™‚

    • You made my day! Ima let you in in a secret…it didn’t take long at all and it really was easy. Please give this a try. When I turn the lamp on it puts a smile on my face. So pretty! Thank you for kindly commenting πŸ™‚

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    • Cutting out the circles took the longest. But I was surprised that it didn’t take as many circles to make this. So needless to say, I have lots of circles left. But never fear, I also have lots of ideas for them! Teehee πŸ˜‰ Thank you for stopping in and commenting. Have a terrific day! ❀

    • It’s been crazy busy around here. I was still doing projects and fitness stuff but not posting them. I did take pictures so I have some catching up to do! The lamp was a fun project. I looked for lampshades to replace this one but the cost was more than I wanted to pay. So I thought about what I could do with this one since the shade was still basically intact. I needed to cover up all the cracks and dents. If I had just taken fabric and covered it, you could still see the cracks when the lamp was lit so this idea really hid that. Thanks Charlotte for commenting. I know how very busy you are and I want you to know you taking your own valuable time to write means a lot to me. The progress you are making with your life is incredible. You must be so proud of yourself. I know your parents must be too! Hugs from afar, Koko❀

      • Sometimes it’s good just to stop and read and realise there’s a world out there away from the Conservatoire and music, it stops me getting too carried up in it all. I love your DIY tips πŸ™‚

      • I agree. I have to step outside of my “norm” too. I will go for a hike or a long bike ride. It’s good for overall well-being! ❀❀❀

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  9. Omg seriously trying this! I’m struggling to find ways to style up my bedroom lamps. This is great. Pleeeease post more of these ideas on how to change up things we already have around the house.

    • I will. It’s comments like yours that keep me going! I have done a bazillion things over the years and my kids had been telling me to blog it. I didn’t even know what a blog was!!! Hahaha. I hope I keep you coming back! Take care and have an amazing weekend! πŸ™‚

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  11. NICE!!!! This is awesome! I have an old lamp stand that I’ve been trying to look up ideas on how to re-vamp! Thanks for checking out my page earlier!!
    Happy decorating!
    Akire =)

    • I know what you mean. I’ve got two more lamps that could use some sprucing up. I’m happy you stopped by. Come back again! It’s all about encouragement and learning and sharing ideas! Have a fantastic day! Best to you! Koko πŸ™‚

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    • I don’t think the wattage matters. I just treat it like any other shade. You can do this idea with coffee filters too! Pretty fun. Give it a try! Thank you for stopping by! Hugs!

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