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Sweet solution for a much needed Lamp shade redo!

 I made this sweet lamp shade for the corner of my kitchen counters. It just need something to cheer up a 
dark corner and what better than some light!



It needed some light and I had picked up this lamp  for $1 but the shade was oh so ugly!
To make the lampshade I started tore the old plastic off the shade which left the metal  framework-

It will look like this-


Measure from base of lamp around top and back to base and then add 5- 7 inches depending on how long you would like the fringe to be

Cut strips of fabric 2 inches wide by the length measurement above.  I used 3 different fabrics for my shade. You could used just one or as many fabric as you would like.
(did you notice that's a different shade frame- I forgot to take pictures when I made the shade so am doing a demo with another shade!)

Then simply take fabric strip and wrap around shade and tie in know at bottom of shade.  Continue doing so till the fabric strips completely cover shade


And there you have it!! Easy as Pie and so cute!  I did take the iron and steamed the bottom portion of the lamp fringe  so that it layed a bit more neatly 
 


My little lamp was just a tad to short for the counter vignette and so I turned an old bowl upside down and sat the lamp on the bowl base. Take a bit of hot glue to keep in place (it can easily be taken off base at any time with a little twist and off she comes.)

Here is the little vignette I made with my lamp for my kitchen counter at Christmas (haven't changed it yet!)  Sorry all you Tabletop Tuesday friends- I am waiting to see all your wonderful ideas and will return using some of your inspiration with a great table top hopefully next week!


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101 comments:

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

this is adorable mary!
thanks for the tutorial!!!
i just may have to try it!

Brenda said...

I am so glad you gave directions on this. I had asked on a comment I left for you when I first saw it. I have a shade frame that needs covering and I wanted to do something new! Thanks you!

Lou Cinda said...

Mary, I LOVE this! It is so cute! I love the fabric you used too. Thank you for the tutorial!

Have a great week!

Lou Cinda

Cottage Chick said...

LOVE this idea!!! I will definitely try this!!!

ceekay said...

This is so cute...I love it...and so simple!

Connie said...

Mary, that is absolutely adorable, sugar!!! I may try that on a small lamp for hubby's office. He won't let me froufrou it up but this would be acceptable for him I think. Just darling!!!!!!!!
xoxo,
Connie

salmagundi said...

Hi Mary! Aren't you clever!! Your creative mind must be working all of the time. Are you feeling better? Not too much going on here - just the usual. I do have surgery for the rotator cuff scheduled - Jan. 20th. Trying to get things in order, as I won't be able to do much for 4-6 weeks with my right arm. And, I am so right-handed; just clumsy with the left. Hope this week stays warm, as I need to go to Pueblo to get my hair cut, etc.; plus, need to clean the house really good. I finally have the ironing caught up, and told Bob to dig out his knit shirts, or he would be ironing. Yeah, right! Take care, Sally

Glenda/MidSouth said...

How Pretty! - Thanks for the tutorial.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Mary,

What a great way to transform those ugly shades! Thanks for sharing that. I know what I'll be trying soon!

Have a lovely day,
Stephanie

Treasia Stepp said...

What a cute transformation. I love this.

DustyLu said...

Great directions! Beautiful lamp shade! love the idea. thanks for sharing! lulu

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Beautiful shade, Mary! It's my first time here and I have to go look around. Wow to your decorating! I'm giddy! :)

Donna

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just too cute and too clever Mary...girl I have a barn full of lamp frame...so I see a new one in the making here...thanks for sharing this wonderful post my friend....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

That is an amazing lamp shade. How very clever and then to set it on the bowl is even better. I love it!

glor said...

What a great idea. This is adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

Hi Mary! I just love your shade transformation. I have lots of shades I need to redo - this may just be the way to go!

Also, I want to thank you for dropping by my blog last week via TDC's "Before and After Party". I really appreciate your visit and your nice comment.

Looking forward to checking out more of your blog.

Carla

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Mary,
Great and quick idea for a shade makeover. Also like the idea to put it on a bowl. So cute...
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Rene said...

Just darling! I love it and would have never in a million years thought of doing this. Thanks for the idea!

Lee Laurie said...

I love how you made your lampshade. It goes perfect in your kitchen. I have an old wire shade that I could do that way. Thanks for the idea! Don't know when I will get to it but when I do, I will post it and let everyone know how you inspired me!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Kelee Katillac said...

Mary! This is just WONDERFUL! SOOO charming!

Great job--love he fabric mix.....


love, kelee

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Now that is the cutest idea for a lampshade. I love that cute little vignette and the lamp is just perfect. The fabrics you chose are just wonderful. Thanks also for mentioning the Cloche party. You're just the best. Hugs, Marty

fiberdoodles said...

Hi Mary,

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me great words of inspiration! It is a sweet treasure and I just love your decorating suggestion ;)

I have learned the hard way on things you come across in blogland and love to only never see again - right at that moment I save it as a favorite. I have several files set up in my "favorites" i.e. "Blog events", "Fun projects", etc. Just som many inspiring things you hate to miss.

I am just loving this lamp!! I may have to give that a try ;) Have a wonderful day!!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Gorgeous! What a great idea!

Kimberly :-)

mishebe said...

I love it and i am so doing this today! thanks for the cute idea. mishelle

Marianne@Songbird said...

Cute idea! I might just steal that one day. Thanks for sharing.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

WooT!!!

Thank you!

Now I have no more excuses, to keep me from fixing a couple of shades, which 'bug me.' :-)))

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love this! I may have to try this for the little lamp I got for my counter. The shade is not a color that I would have picked but it came with the lamp at Target {and I don't think it's removable}. I was wondering how I might recover it with a different fabric and I think this just might work. Plus, I think I already have fabric to use.

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

That is just too cute and I absolutely love your fabric combination! Looks great right where you have too!

Stella said...

Cute shade and so easy too. I am going to try it on a bedroom lamp that needs a revamp. Like your fabric.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

what a great idea! so cute too!

Cha Cha said...

Sweet, I love this shade. You inspire me. I am looking for somewhere to try this idea.
Cha Cha

Tiffany said...

Such a great lamp! I absolutely love this idea, it turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing and for linking back! :)
Good luck trying to keep all these blog parties straight! (I have a hard enough time keeping mine straight!)

The Girl Creative said...

Thanks so much for linking up! What a unique idea for a lamp shade. :)

I've found the best way to keep track of things that want to do or participate in is to either keep a list on my blog with links to projects I want to try. I also have a list for all the link parties that participate in. And then I add blogs to my blogroll so if they are having a party I will see when they post about it. Maybe that will help. :)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Mary, that lampshade is so cute and so clever! I'm looking around now to see which lampshade I want to do that with. I am still laughing about your comment about tushes on the needlepoint! I so agree with you. All of my needlepoint pillows have come from estate sales. I tried neelepoint in college one time, and it was so time-consuming. Thank you so much for advertising my party and for putting the button on your blog. You're just so sweet. laurie

Vicki said...

Hi, Mary Ellen,
You are a clever gal! I love how you fixed your lampshade and it looks perfect where you have placed it! I always enjoy visiting you to see what pretties you will have to show! Have a lovely week, dear friend! Vicki

KK said...

This lamp is gorgeous. I love it. I have a little hobnob lamp that is waiting patiently to be dressed with "something"..."anything" she begs. I thought I would cover her bare bulb with a beaded bulb cover but now this is looking really good to me. thank you for a great idea!

fairfieldhouse said...

Mary,

What a beautiful and 'do-able' shade. Thanks so much for sharing this project. Your vignette is stunning.

Deborah

Polly said...

Love the lamp shade and thanks for visiting my blog this week!

Melissa Miller said...

Mary your lamp is beautiful! :)
I adore the colors in the fabric.

Shabby Cottage Shops said...

Love your blog, found it while "blog hopping", so glad I did! What a great tutorial, love your new lampshade, thanks for sharing. We are now following you, invite you to do the same!

Also wanted to let you know we are having a "Sweet Treats" giveaway at Shabby Cottage Shops on our blog. Stop by and enter, it's valued at $350 and ends on January 30th!

Debie
Shabby Cottage Shops

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I love how you made the lampshade. It looks completely better and is so cute! Thanks for linking up at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Sandy said...

Mary,
This is just tooo cute!! Love your vignette on the counter, beautiful. I will have to try one of these. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Oh, that little lamp is absolutely the cutest thing! I've got to give this a try myself. I also love how you've added extra height by standing it on that pretty little bowl. All of your vignette looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Kathysue said...

Mary I love the name of your blog. This little lamp shade is adorable and such an easy transformation. Kathysue

my home sanctuary said...

Oh how smart. I love the lamp shade. I have seen some similar but yours is the best. I think it is the black with the pink or something. Or just that you did a fantastic job. Thanks for sharing.
Have a Blessed Day,
Sherry

Sue said...

What a clever way to re-do an other-wise yukky lampshade! I once used neckties to refurbish a shade for my son's room. Turned out kinda fun. Great fabric colors and choices, Mary. The lamp now looks so cute and fresh.
~ Sue

Together We Save said...

Wow - what a great idea!! Such a cute shade now!!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hey Mary! Sorry I haven't been around lately! The computer was being worked on! You know I love, love this idea! The whole vignette is perfectly beautiful! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Chari said...

Hello sweet friend...

I'm so glad that you did a tutorial on how to make that darling lamp shade...I just love it!!! It really is one of the cutest shades that I've seen in a long time!!! I love the different fabrics that you chose...they look really pretty together!!! And...it is such a treat to see that pretty vignette in your kitchen again, my friend! It's gorgeous! You know, I didn't know that you had used a bowl under the lamp...when I seen it the first time, I just thought it was part of the lamp! Hehe!

My goodness Girl, you are always sooo busy! Hmmm...you're more ambitious than me...tackling your wallpaper project! Hehe! Sheesh...I remember when I used to wallpaper entire rooms...and could do it in a day! Not any more...eeeks! Are you putting up more paper in its place or painting? You know, I like the wallpaper in your dining room...I think it's really pretty!!! I like the ambiance that it gives the room! I wish you the best with the project though, Sweetie!!! Thank you so much for your sweet note today...you always just make my day!!!

Love ya,
Chari
PS...Ohh my, we are having a heat wave at our place! It's up to 52 degrees..I'm tempted to open the doors...hehe! I'm really enjoying it!!!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Love it! Love it! I willl have to try this and I have the perfect lamp in mind. How clever. I love that you used three fabrics, too. I think your vignette is charming, why are you apologizing? You have such a pretty and soft blog. Thanks so much for joining in the very first Tabletop Tuesday. I look forward to your future posts.
Blessings, Barb

GWENDOLYN said...

You made that lamp redo look so easy... I would probably struggle! I love the black gingham on it. Blessings!
Gwen

Twice Remembered said...

This is such a sweet idea! YOu did a great job!

Anita said...

Now this is totally creative. What a beautiful and unique lampshae...I'm definetly linking this one into my future ideas folder. I love the fabric combination and great tutorial.

Jenny said...

I really like this interpretation for your lampshade. Different and really creative! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Mimi said...

That lampshade is adorable!

Leann said...

Great idea and I think easy enough for me to try. Now which lamp to experiment on:)

Have a wonderful Day!
Leann

CC said...

This is just the greatest idea..and it's so pretty. I can't believe how easy it is..I just have to try one. I love the lamp and the vignette you've done. It's really pretty..
Happy VTT.

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Diann @ The Thirfty Groove said...

This is just so sweet! I love it and think i will be making one next week for my little princess's room! thank you for posting it! And I really love the little lamp you used and what a fantastic thrifty find!

Have a wonderful day!

Atelier de Charo said...

It's a great idea, gorgeous fabrics!!

~~Carol~~ said...

You certainly gave that $1 lamp a new life! That shade is so cute! I've never seen one done in that way. Very creative! Love your blog header too!
Happy VTT!
Carol

marian said...

that's rather adorable :)

sherri@lavenderfields said...

I love it! I love it! I'm really into the black and white checks right now, an I just love lamps in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing! Sherri: )

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a marvelous redo on a $1 lamp. Fantastic! I see lots of folks thought the same thing. Lots of visitors on this one! Wishing you a day of warmth and blessings, ;) Tammy

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

That is really adorable and a great solution. Ive found finding lamps isnt hard, but the shades are! They are awful and dirty! This is a great solution!

happy vtt!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for all the great giveaway links. I love your lampshade solution, I need to share it with my sister who definitely has some UGLY lampshades!

RainGardener said...

Your new lampshade is great. Thanks for the instructions. I need new shades in my living room.

Coloradolady said...

Love what you did with the lamp, cute!!! Happy VTT!

Charlene said...

What a cute lamp, and an easy fix, too! Thanks for sharing.

Charlene said...

What a cute lamp, and an easy fix, too! Thanks for sharing.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Sweet and adorable! Nice change from tacky to spectacular.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I LOVE this! I hope you wouldnt mind if I shared on my blog tomorrow and the pic. I will link back and credit!
Awesome project!
Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday on Tales from Bloggeritaville, this week!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Hootin' Anni said...

I've just GOT to do this to my lamp shade on the kitchen counter...but what style of fabric is just the bigger puzzle for me.

Yours is perfect!!


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Mary said...

You did a great job with the lamp shade and I love your little viginette. Great job and it looks fairly easy.

Blessings,
Mary

ALWAYS THE ABRAMYANS said...

This is a really beautiful, wonderful idea! And the best part is I think it's easy enough that even I could do it! Thanks so much for sharing and for the tutorial! -April

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Oh Mary, what a lovely idea for a lampshade, I'm going to have to try this one day. I also like what you did with the bowl turning it upside down for height for the lamp.... your so good!

Hugs-

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Mary

OOOH my goodness you are one busy lady!

I only participate in 3 a week and sometimes feel stressed-- I have no idea how you participate AND visit all the participants and Do fun stuff.

BTW... your lamp is FUN!!

thanks for joining us.

TTFN~~ Claudia

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I'll be doing a giveaway soon too. Stop by and follow me so you don't miss it.

Jan ~ BellaCasa said...

I'm in awe of your talent with the lamp shade idea. I just love how it turned out for your vignette too.

Thanks for sharing the "how to" as well.

Jan
BellaCasa
Vignette Wednesday

Diane at InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Mary-
This is Oh, so clever and Oh, so cute - plus the best part it's Oh, so easy! This is such a great idea, I can't wait to make one for myself.

Diane at InMyOwnStyle

Becca said...

That lamp is really cool!

Here following from Friday Follow :)

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love how the lamp came out. that is a great option if you have a lamp shade that is too small for a lamp.

Cheri

xinex said...

The shade is adorable! How fun it is to have some company coming. Good luck in cleaning up the house, Mary...Christine

Its So Very Cheri said...

This is going on my favorites, posting in a little bit.

Cheri

Riviera Boardwalk said...

Fantastic! I have a lamp that so needs a shade and now I can make one. Thank you so much.
nancy

Katie said...

Thanks for the info I have a lamp shade that needs help.
new follower from Fiday Follow
Halfcrazymommie.blogspot.com

Joe @ 20 To Life said...

You made that seem so easy, and the finished product is beautiful. I think I'm going to give that a shot, that's a great way to personalize a lamp for a certain decor. Great idea! Thanks - I also am stopping by from Friday Follow :)
Joe www.twentytolifeblog.blogspot.com

Denise said...

Love that lamp shade. I am so going to steal that idea!

SharDon Exclusives said...

Your name has been entered in the beaded bracelet giveaway! Thank you for your kind comments and for your sweet blog. It is truly a pleasure.
Sharon

SharDon Exclusives said...

Your name has been entered in the beaded bracelet giveaway! Thank you for your kind comments and for your sweet blog. It is truly a pleasure.
Sharon

Barbara Jean said...

Mary,
That shade is absolutely ADORABLE!!!

Love it!

Thanks for showing us the how to.

blessings

barbara jean

Whimsical Creations said...

This turned out fabulous!!

Pamela said...

LOVE this idea! I never would have thought of doing that! Does the fabric get hot??

Tiffany said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Tara said...

Okay, I am making one of these. This is a great project. Thanks for submitting.

Serendipity Chic Design said...

I am loving every inch of this. It is so unique and I may have to "steal" your idea one day.

Thanks so much for being the first to link up to my very first party.

Take care,
Lisa

Andrew said...

What a fun shade! It's so cheery. Reminds me of something Mary Englebreit would do. Great idea!

Rita May said...

This is such a great Idea! I've saved several lamp shade frames waiting for inspiration. Thanks! I've also put this in my pinterest board on my blog MAY DAYS. I've noticed that you've gotten many views on this. I also copied the bread pudding. Hope to make it this weekend for brunch.
Cheers!
Rita

Nancy said...

Of course I had to come check this out after seeing your most recent post. Okay, I'm convinced I CAN DO THIS! It's sooooooo adorable!

Thanks for the tutorial!

Nancy

Micupoftea~ said...

Mary,
This is SO fabulous!! Love your lamp....love your fabric choices! Gee, this could even be made seasonal by changing the fabric strips!!! THANK you for the tutorial~
Shawn

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Love these you need to post them to upcycled Awesome this week! http://tinyurl.com/upcycled67

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