This DIY project will help you create a unique lampshade and will enhance the look of you room on an extremely friendly budget. All you need are a few home available supplies for creating this easy and no sew fabric lamp shade.
Grab some coffee and let’s start with this step by step easy DIY Tutorial fun project now:
Lamp shade frame
Available at Premier Lamp Shades
Fabric scraps and trims
Very good tutorial of how to get fabric scraps
Check Color-Popping Pom-Pom Garland to see how to make them
Found this fabric glue which is good
Cheap fabric cutter from hobby craft
Finally a measuring tape.
Choose the appropriate wire base or skeleton/frame of a lamp shade as mentioned in items required option one.
- To make the project more budget friendly use a lamp shade already present in your house. This will give a new look to your old lampshade. In case you do not have any, get your hands on one at a thrift store. Remove the cover, scrap the wire and paint it if you want.
- The lamp shade we are making in our project is a hanging lampshade. You can go with any type you want.
Select, from a collection of fabric scraps, the pieces you think will go along well with each other. Cut each fabric into 2 inches wide strips as mentioned in Items required option two.
Take a measuring tape and measure the height of the lamp shade skeleton. The length of the strips should be:
(Length of lamp shade x 2) + 4 inches
(We added 4 more inches to the length in order to make a knot in the front by holding the two inch end of each side of fabric strip.)
- Only select fabrics that look similar on both the sides.
- If you want to go with a more experimental look, go for different sizes of fabric pieces to create more interest or to put a focus on some particular color.
Gather all the trims you want to add to the lamp shade that either blend into the fabric pieces or create a contrast with them. Cut the trims into pieces with the same formula as
(Length of lamp shade skeleton x 2) + 4 inches
Lay all the fabric pieces and trims on a table and arrange them in the pattern in which you want to see them on the lamp. This will save you time and will help you make the adjustments before on the proof, instead of changing the final product later.
Hold the skeleton/frame of the lampshade and pass the whole strip of fabric from the inner side of the frame with both free ends extending from the upper and lower horizontal wires or the frame. Bring both of these in the front and tie a knot.
Repeat the same process as step 4 with all the trims and fabric pieces until the whole lamp shade is covered.
Now with many bows in the front, adjust the positioning of the bows as in the final demonstration
With the help of a measuring tape, measure the circumference on the lower wire of the lamp shade frame. Cut the main pom pom trim of this size. Put Fabric glue at the back of the fabric trim.
Now paste the trim horizontally on the lower ends of the fabric strips that is along the lower wire of the lamp shade and adjust its positions in such a way that the trim balls hang below the lower wire and give the effect of hanging from above.
Enjoy your new scrap fabric lampshade….