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Customize a Lampshade

Project Overview

Customize a Lampshade

Why throw out a tired lampshade when you can refresh it? This lampshade has been recovered using eco-chic wallpaper from Graham & Brown. For an even more eco-friendly transformation, use a compact fluorescent light bulb.

10 Steps

  1. Measure height of lampshade
  2. Measure circumference
  3. Mark with a pencil
  4. Fold hem
  5. Lay unfolded short side
  1. Run a bead of hot glue
  2. Wrap the hem
  3. Continue gluing
  4. Secure the folded hem
  5. Finishing the lampshade
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Measure height of lampshade

Step 1

Measure height of lampshade

Measure the height of lampshade and add 1" for wrapping around the wire frame. It is not recommended that you cover a shade that does not have straight, vertical sides.

Measure circumference

Step 2

Measure circumference

Measure circumference (if covering drum shade) or top of frame (if using a straight-sided shade) and add 1" for seam allowance. This can be done easily by rolling the shade along the paper holding one end in place on the shade and marking the point where the paper meets.

Mark with a pencil
Mark with a pencil

Step 3

Mark with a pencil

Mark with a pencil the side and top measurements. Cut out paper rectangle.

Step 4

Fold hem

Fold 1/2" hem along short side of paper.

Lay unfolded short side

Step 5

Lay unfolded short side

Lay unfolded short side on seam of existing lampshade and secure with double-sided tape. There should be 1/2" overhang at top and bottom of existing lampshade.

Run a bead of hot glue

Step 6

Run a bead of hot glue

Run a bead of hot glue along the top and bottom frame of lampshade (approximately 4" at a time, then wrap another 4", so that you can control how the wallpaper fits).

Wrap the hem
Wrap the hem

Step 7

Wrap the hem

Wrap the hem around the frame so the cut edge is inside the lampshade. Make slits in the wallpaper to accommodate the top and bottom round parts of the wire frame.

Continue gluing

Step 8

Continue gluing

Continue gluing and folding until the shade is covered.

Step 9

Secure the folded hem

Secure the folded hem at the end with a line of hot glue. There should be a slight overlap.

Step 10

Finishing the lampshade

To finish the lampshade, glue a length of grosgrain ribbon over the top and bottom of the inside of the shade to conceal the seam where the cut edge meets the original shade.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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  • Lamp with Straight-Sided Shade
  • Double-Side Tape
  • Wallpaper
  • Ribbon (optional)

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